I first went to Poppies back in the late 70's, and have eaten there at least once every trip, so over 50 meals. It was great+ back then and still is good, but I think the standard has sagged a little, still good, but not great. Unfortunately I can't say the same for the prices because they've blown out.
The gardens are still quite spectacular.
I went there with my family, 2 adults, 2 kids, and being a birthday, I ordered a cake, a 15 cm (6" diameter) Tiramisu. It was $30.00!!! We didn't finish the cake so asked for a box, and it was the Bali Bakery box it came in. I didn't get the opportunity to check the price of the same cake at Bali Bakery, but I suspect it wouldn't have been more than $10-12.00. I'm not opposed to a business making a profit, but that was an over the top mark up.
The adults had only one glass of wine each, and kids one diet coke each, one main course each, and the total bill was $80.00+. That's $50.00 for dinner before the cake!!
Up until a couple of years ago, I would have given Poppies 10/10, and the service, ambience, toilet cleanliness, etc., still are, but the menu and food isn't quite so good, prices now outrageous, so overall I give it only 4 'dots', Very Good.
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