I live in the area and for years/ is it decades my partner has been hassling me to go there. It had great reviews years/ decades ago when it opened. In the meanwhile we did lots of travelling (and travel reviews) and I needed a hip replacement. I spent a week at a Petersham rehab hospital and was very impressed with a nurse, Gloria, who spoke with what I thought was a Sth American accent. She told me she was Portuguese and I joked "Gloria's Cafe". She said "I am Gloria". At that point I thought if her restaurant is as good as her nursing, I have to go there... Finally. Now when I think of eating out, I think of Gloria's. The first night we had the chicken schnitzel dish (with chips and salad) and the pork, tripe and white bean casserole. We shared a glass of sangria, and shared the orange roll dessert. $54 - fantastic food, wine and price. Service was great. Bit of a wait for the main course. But that convinced us it was freshly cooked. Second night we had tapas dishes - bravas batatas (fried potatoes with sour cream and a hot sauce) white bait fried individually rather than the lump of fried fish some restaurants serve, sardines - crisp and fried in a light batter, chorizo and broad bean casserole. Again we shared a glass of sangria. Another delightful meal. $54 again. For more food than we could possibly eat. Doggy bags both times. I cannot speak highly enough of Gloria's. Very clean and comfortable with air con and a sidewalk eating area. I will be eating there again and again, and am kicking myself that it took me so long to get there. I needed to meet Gloria in her new career as a nurse. Her son runs the restaurant now, and it is excellent. Don't take any notice of the few negative reviews up there.