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“Beautiful!”
Review of Shimmer Restaurant and Bar - CLOSED

Shimmer Restaurant and Bar
Cuisines: Australian
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Reviewed March 21, 2014 via mobile

We came here for dinner on a Friday night. The views were amazing. The atmosphere was lovely. Staff were friendly and attentive and the food was absolutely amazing! Highly recommended if you're after a relaxed, but sophisticated dining experience with amazing food!

We were even treated to an 'amouse bouche' which I now know is a complimentary bite size taster before any food is served, and it was amazing!

5 stars!

1  Thank CB197
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Reviewed March 11, 2014

We have been many times and on each occasion, the food was wonderful. No problems ever with service, even though it was always a full house when we dined. We had the Degustation menu a few times and the wines complemented each course really well. In summer, you get to see the lovely views down Werri Beach and across Gerringong. Definitely recommended, we will be back.

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1  Thank Ian M
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Reviewed February 5, 2014

I was considering this restaurant for my wedding reception as they cater to small weddings, but upon finding out that they require a $6000 minimum spend, I balked! That is absolutely ridiculous. Restaurants in Sydney wouldn't require that much, utterly ridiculous!

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3  Thank Sazza2584
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Reviewed January 8, 2014

The food was amazing! My husband had the oysters for starters and he thought they were the best oysters he has ever eaten. My 11 year old daughter ate from the kids menu, which is rare for her, but the kids menu was just as fantastic as the normal menu and a smaller version of the adult menu, in a way. She gobbled vegetables, which is also rare for her.

Our mains were absolutely delicious - trout and beef brisket. Every mouthful was melt in your mouth! The staff were friendly and helpful, and happy to explain the menu. If you are staying anywhere near Shimmer, it is a must visit.

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1  Thank LJF2795
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Reviewed January 7, 2014

So, lets get the good points out of the way...
1. Good food. We had table of 10 and ordered multitude of dishes i.e. fish, steak sandwich, scallops, salmon, fish and chips, etc. While not 'knock your socks off', it was still pretty good.
2. Setting and view - especially on a sunny day, which it was
3. Space - Having two little rascals running around, lots of room for everyone to get around

The bad....
4. High chair like a kids toy. Brought over to us and its one you connect to the adults chair and after several attempts to get it installed, someone finally came over and said 'oh, that one is broken' Please, get the ones from IKEA that everyone has. They are awesome and no, don't work for IKEA
5. Drink service - God knows how many times we asked for drinks and waited ages along with several drinks being forgotten on each round. We had planned to be there all afternoon and in the space of two hours, only got three rounds in.

We also asked for Whiskey Sour and Espresso Martini and the barman asked what was in both of them. We were in two minds about going behind the counter to make them ourselves.

6. Service - yes, mentioned that. The restaurant was full but still, it was dreadful. After our mains appeared, we asked for cutlery and then saw our waitress move to the table next to take their order and then went outside to clean another table before we asked again. After getting a filthy look, we got them ourselves
7. Two of our main dishes were wrong

For a bill just over $400, we expected more. With deserts, coffee and further cocktails, it could easily have been $600 but we left as soon as we finished our mains. It is the first time we considered not leaving a tip as a group but thought it was a little unfair as the staff don't decide the duty roster and they were definitely a few people down or having a really bad day.

It's a shame as reviews and friends had mentioned this was worth the visit.

Maybe we got them on a bad day. So, would I go back?
Tough question. Have to think about it for a few weeks.

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1  Thank NZBred
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