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“Very Disappointing Birthday Dinner”
Review of Oishii

Oishii
Ranked #18 of 74 Restaurants in Pokolbin
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $9 - $26
Cuisines: Japanese, Thai
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Takeout
Sydney, Australia
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Very Disappointing Birthday Dinner”
Reviewed January 28, 2013

I was in the HV with a party of about 20 for my father's 50th birthday. We had made a reservation for dinner about a week in advance. On the day of the dinner, we arrived early and found that the inside was like eating in a garage so we requested to be seated outside instead (in any case, we arrived with 2 minutes to spare for our 8pm reservation and there definitely wasn't a table for 20 ready).

We were told that as we were seated outside, we had to walk inside ourselves to order food and drinks since they were 'very busy' and didn't have time to wait on us.

They were not kidding. We had to make the tripa backwards and forwards each time we wanted something. One of our party requested water, and the waitress returned with a glass of water. Her partner then requested water for the table, and the waitress returned with one bottle (for a party of 20). We ordered wine and it was brought out along with about 20 glasses. After placing 4 of the glasses down at our end of the table the waitress turned to leave and I had to prompt her to offer glasses to the rest of the table. She replied that noone else had ordered wine and we suggested that perhaps it would be good to ask if anybody wanted anything to drink.

On a positive note, the food did not take as long as one would have expected, given how much was ordered, however it was quite pricey considering the serving size and the exact same meal could have been found at many other venus for half the price (avg. $25 per main). Given the total cost, the service should have been better. That being said the food was of reasonable quality (although lacking authenticity).

With tables outside (and a lovely view), they seemed ill equipped to have outdoor dining. Because it was a cloudy day it darkened quickly, and no candles or other lighting had been put out making it impossible to see what we were doing without the aid of an iphone.

It would only be fair to note that at the end of the meal, they brought out my father's cake with candles unprompted.

In general, I would not recommend this venue for a special occasion. Perhaps take-away is the only way to really enjoy it!

  • Visited January 2013
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  • English first
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English first
Adelaide, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
134 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Japanese with a difference”
Reviewed January 24, 2013

Fantastic Menu , It's on the high side for lunch but I would go back again . The Quality of food was outstanding

Visited January 2013
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Table with a view”
Reviewed January 20, 2013

Really nice teppenyaki, great for veggies. Views are gorgeous, the place is easy to find. Quite reasonable compared to some of the more high end restaurants.

Visited January 2013
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Sydney, Australia
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“good food”
Reviewed January 18, 2013

great food and great service, the prices were good and it was also b.y.o or purchase wine we really enjoyed the two cutures Japanese for enrtre and thai for mains

Visited January 2013
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Melbourne
Level 6 Contributor
209 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“Great food, great setting”
Reviewed January 17, 2013

There is inside and outside dining, but sitting outside under trellised grape vines is beautiful. The ambience is great and so is the food. A little pricey for Thai, but worth it. Some f the curries have a little bite also.

Visited January 2013
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