Overall 3.3 - Food 4, Ambience 3, Value 3, Service 3
After wandering along Lygon St trying to decide on which Italian to eat at, we were enticed into Sale e Pepe with an offer of a free bottle of wine - thank goodness they gave us that, because the rest of the experience was less than exciting.
It was a very busy night with a large turnover of people, but from our bread to start with (very uninspiring and soggy bruschetta - not sure why but it had garlic butter under the tomato/onion, real bruschetta just has garlic rubbed on the toast - which was no where near toasted enough and I had to eat it with a knife and fork!!!) we had almost an hour long wait for our main course to appear.
I had ordered the Rigattoni with chilli and Italian sausage and if there was any chilli in that dish, it was well and truly hiding. The dish was okay, but I was expecting (being Lygon and all) it to be brilliant, I could have cooked better at home to be honest. And the amount of Italian sausage in the dish was not very generous. My husband ordered the Lamb Shanks which looked delicious but ended up being underseasoned and overcooked - not a good thing for lamb. Again he was expecting a lovely rack with juicy, pink lamb chops - they were tough and chewy. But the accompanying vegies were okay at least!
In all a very disappointing meal - we travel to Melbourne at least once a year and always look forward to some Italian fare on Lygon St, but the last few times we have been disappointed and will start searching a bit further afield for interesting restaurants in Melbourne for this reason. (September, 2009)
Overall 9.5 - Food 10, Ambience 9, Value 9, Service 10
Visiting from Brisbane, had seen Gurkhas on a previous trip and decided as we love Nepalese food we would give this a try (btw Nepalese food is NOT Indian food and there is a difference for the uninintiated). We chose the Tenzing Banquet and it was divine - every last bite was an amazing experience and to die for. The yoghurt and vegie started is unbelievable! Also the Goat Curry is one of the best I have had - slow cooked so the goat is tender and marinated in the most delicious curry spices (if you think yuk goat - give it a try, never thought I would like goat but when cooked properly it is a delicious meat). The service was superb and quick and the atmosphere is gorgeous. This place will be a firm favourite and feature on our list of places we must eat in Melbourne for a very long time to come. (September, 2009)
Overall 9 - Food 9, Ambience 8, Value 10, Service 9
We have been dining at Kafe Meze in West End for years, but were surprised to recently find they had moved from their corner location. They are now a few doors down on Melb St in the spot where Cristos used to be. I was worried that things may have changed with the move but not at all. Kafe Meze still has a simple but delicious menu with great value for money. Our favs are the grilled octopus which is always delicious and the soulvaki wraps. Try the Haloumi wrap - it's delicious and at $6.00 fantastic value. The move to new premises means a lot more tables - it was always a tight squeeze at the old place - so be sure to give it a try, you won't be disappointed. (October, 2008)
Overall 10 - Food 10, Ambience 10, Value 10, Service 10
My Thai is our favourite Thai restaurant in Brisbane - actually make that Australia (if not the world!). The service is always beyond excellent and the food is to die for. Even if you think you don't like duck, try the My Thai Duck Curry - it is the most delicious curry around. Also the oddly named Tax Return (prawns) is fantastic. And the Golden Parcels for entree - actually there is nothing on the menu at this place that isn't fabulous. We even recently took a guest who lives in Thialand there and she raved about how good the food was. You can't get a better recommendation than that! (April, 2008)
Overall 8.5 - Food 9, Ambience 8, Value 8, Service 9
This restaurant was recommended to be by a chinese friend as being one of the best in Brisbane's Chinatown. And they were't wrong - the food was superb. The Peking Duck, which I believe is a house speciality, was delicious, one of the best I have eaten. The service was excellent and with a smile and we also enjoyed the traditional live music which was being played the night we visited. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone wanting something a bit special when it comes to Chinese food. (November, 2007)
Overall 7.8 - Food 9, Ambience 7, Value 7, Service 8
I have dined at A Salt and Battery a number of times now - both for lunch and for dinner - and hands down it is THE best fish and chipper in Brisbane that I have found. It is on Hawken Drive in St Lucia and is in a precinct with lots of great restaurants - so it's always got some atmosphere.But it is the food which is the stand-out - the salt and pepper squid is fabulous, try it with the garlic aioli. To some it could be perceived as being pricey for fish and chips, but the serves are extremely generous with loads of chips (usually too many to finish) and a yummy side salad. The fish cakes are also really good - in fact I would think anything on the menu would be delicious as I haven't had a bad meal there yet.There is a bottle shop next door, so you can pop in there for a bottle of wine and A Salt and Battery will provide you with wine glasses and a wine cooler. Absolutely give this place a go. (November, 2007)
Overall 8.5 - Food 9, Ambience 8, Value 8, Service 9
We are long-term customers of Cristos - mainly because they used to do a very good value-for-money banquet. The restaurant has now changed ownership and whilst the former banquet is no longer available, the new banquet is still quite good value for money. The food is delicious - the dips in particular are very very good and the Moussaka is to die for. And you certainly can't go past the bakalava for desert - dripping with honey. I would highly recommend Cristos to anyone. (August, 2007)
Overall 8.5 - Food 10, Ambience 7, Value 9, Service 8
Great value-for-money Indian food in the Western Suburbs. Eat here regularly (once a fortnight) and the food is always delicious - the Butter Chicken is superb. Highly recommend as a great, reasonably priced Indian restaurant. (May, 2007)