Reviews by Ellebana

This review is for Grill'd, Belconnen ACT

26 Jul 2012

Excellent gourmet-style burgers, with an interesting range of choices. We particularly like the lamb burgers. Good location in the new wing of Westfield Belconnen and open till quite late. Crayons provided for the kids are a bonus. My only complaint was the chairs - most uncomfortable I have ever sat on. I'm 5'10" and have a healthy size 14 bum - the chairs were all too small for me, and quite painful as a consequence. Grilld needs to offer furniture that accommodates real adults, not just skinny teenagers.

This review is for Le Beaute' Lounge, Bruce ACT

26 Jul 2012

I have been a client of Le Beaute Lounge since it opened a few years ago. I have always been very happy with the service provided by Caddie and her team. They are well trained, friendly, highly professional and use quality products. The salon is spacious, beautifully decorated, relaxing and always spotlessly clean. The pedicure chair is new and very comfortable. In all the years I've been a client I haven't had cause for a single complaint. The free parking and extended service hours are also a bonus. I can't recommend this place highly enough.

This review is for Barry Richards Tiling, Holder ACT

26 Jul 2012

I found Barry through WOMO and used him because he was available at short notice. His flexibility was very much appreciated. His tiling was quite good but his attention to detail wasn't as good as expected. He also didn't consult with me about minor details as much as I would have liked. The floors he did were all excellent, but the bathrooms could have been better. I would definitely recommend him for basic jobs such as floors, front porch etc; but would go with a bathroom company next time for a more coordinated result (rather than manage tiler, plumber, shower screen company etc myself).

This review is for Affordable Fencing Solutions, Queanbeyan NSW

26 Jul 2012

It took 5 days for this business to answer my initial voicemail enquiry. I should have taken this as a sign of their level of professionalism, but gave them the benefit of the doubt. The gentleman organised a date and time to meet me at the house
to provide a quote. I arrived home early and waited for over an hour. No-one turned up. The only contact number kept going to voicemail. No-one ever called me back to explain or offer an apology. This company are complete time-wasters - very unprofessional.

This review is for Dickson Asian Noodle House, Dickson ACT

05 Jul 2012

Located in Dickson, Canberra's China Town. Lunch or dinner, this place is always full, so it pays to book in advance, especially as they don't have a lot of tables. Prices are reasonable and dishes are good quality. Has always been a cash only restaurant, so check if you intend to pay by credit card. Family favourite is the Duck Kway Teow. Laksa also seems very popular there.

This review is for Monkey Magic Chinese Restaurant, Belconnen ACT

05 Jul 2012

We found this restaurant through the Privileges Card scheme and have since been back several times. Service is fast and friendly and they are very good with kids; providing decent, clean high chairs and special kids bowls and cutlery.

The menu offers a good variety of food and there is also a blackboard offering seasonal specials. There is nothing overly inventive or unique on the menu; just good, decent quality, reliable fare. Our family favourites include the duck pancakes (buy the large serve and you will be given what looks like 1/2 a crispy duck!), Yummy pork, and salty chili squid.

The decor is basic, but always clean, and tables aren't packed in too tightly. They have several banquet tables and these always seem to be full when we go - a sign that the place is quite popular. Even when there are groups dining, service is always still very fast.

Menu prices are average but portions are quite generous. Parking is also very easy to find in the sidestreet near the restaurant. We will be back again, especially because they always make our kids feel welcome.

This review is for Morks, Florey ACT

05 Jul 2012

This is a small restaurant, tucked away opposite Domino's Pizza at Florey Shops in West Belconnen. It is an unusual addition to such a non-descipt little local shopping centre.

Walk inside the doors and you will find a compact, classy, modern restaurant; packed to the rafters with discerning locals who are in on the secret that is Morks - quite possibly the best Thai food in Canberra. The menu has a very modern influence, offering a number of interesting and unique dishes; all exquisitely flavoured and beautifully presented. Take-aways are also delicious and provided in an eco-friendly re-usable bag. There are also cooking classes offered by the chef outside restaurant hours.

This is an upmarket restaurant with an upmarket clientele - a wonderful and unexpected treasure in the northern suburbs of Canberra. It's worth the trip, especially to get away from the routine of Kingston and Manuka. Just make sure you book - they don't have a lot of table space, and are always very popular.

This review is for Dobinsons Bakery Cafe, Canberra ACT

05 Jul 2012

Dobinson's is a Canberra fixture. It's longevity is due entirely to it's consistently delicious food and drinks. Family favourites include:

* The best tarts in Canberra (Banana caramel with passionfruit and cream, strawberry and custard, lemon, chocolate ganache, vanilla, fruit etc)
* Some of the best pies in Canberra (with too many flavours to mention)
* Huge, flaky sausage rolls
* Delicious ciabatta rolls loaded with fresh salad and treats such as Moroccan chicken
* A variety of fresh homestyle bread and rolls to take home
* Excellent coffee
* Great milkshakes and smoothies loaded with fruit
* Huge breakfasts
* A great variety of cafe-style mains, plated up with huge salads

Prices are very reasonable, servings are large, and tables are available both inside and outside, under cover. In winter lap blankets and heaters are provided. This is a great place for anything from a quick snack to a lazy Sunday breakfast, all in the heart of Canberra's Civic shopping precinct. The only downside is the very limited on-street parking, but plenty of paid parking is available in the Canberra Centre (Dobinson's is actually on the Bunda Street side of the Canberra Centre, between the ANZ and Wheel and Barrow). The outside tables are pram-friendly and the whole cafe is very child-friendly.

This review is for Soju Girl, Canberra ACT

05 Jul 2012

This funky new restaurant brings a touch of the Sydney/Melbourne scene to Canberra. Seating options include formal private table dining, communal table dining, stools at the bar, and relaxed dining on large comfy lounges. The decor and vibe are very trendy and the restaurant is extremely popular with the 20-30s childless crowd. Bookings are essential if your preference is for table dining. Staff are young and hip, but also quite friendly.

Unfortunately the food doesn't always live up to the promises made by the appearance of the restaurant. We ordered a variety of plates from the tapas style menu. They all looked good, but were nothing amazing in terms of taste, and didn't warrant the prices charged. The octopus dish was very disappointing - whilst tender on the inside, it was too charred on the outside and left a bitter after-taste. The cocktails were funky and interesting, but very small serves for the price.

This is more a place to be seen, and to snack and drink with trendy young friends; rather than a classy dining experience. It would definitely be too noisy and busy for a romantic couples meal, or a formal business dinner; but would be just right if you're looking for an atmospheric group venue that is funkier and classier than a pub. Definitely not the place for kids.

Approximate cost: $20+

This review is for Turkish Pide House, Aranda ACT

23 Mar 2011

We have been dining in or buying take-away from these guys at least once a fortnight (often weekly) since we moved to the area several years ago. It is a family-owned business and the staff are always friendly and polite. The food is always fresh, healthy and well-cooked; and portion sizes are very generous. The decor isn't anything flash, but it is sufficient, and the food is what people return for. Our regular order always includes the Mixed Grill, Chicken or Lamb Kebabs and a Pide. The mains include rice, veges and salad. Both the kids and adults love it all. Everything is made daily on the premises and if you go over in the afternoon to buy dips you can get their beautiful, soft, home-made Turkish bread hot out of the oven.
I have no qualms about feeding my kids here on a regular basis because the food is both healthy and tasty.

Approximate cost: $17.00