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In 2016 my goal was to visit 100 new restaurants I have never tried before, then document it meticulously on an excel spreadsheet. here is the result

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Lame Cove
27 points · 1 year ago

"Some good ass water"

Given that the Red Rattler sells kettle chips and nothing else I don't think we count as a restaurant?

28 points · 1 year ago

I wouldn't consider a lot of those restaurants in the typical usage of the term. Majority are just small and cheap cafes.

You could post the actual spreadsheet via Google Docs rather than taking images with 'Close full screen' obscuring the text.

71 points · 1 year ago · edited 1 year ago

Really, Parliament on King, you had Vegemite on sourdough toast?

or

5 loaves 2 Fish, you had Tea with almond milk & 1 suger?

or

Hideaway Bar, you had the House red wine and your comment is YAH,

thanks for nothing!, You might have gone to 100 restaurants, you really didn't try the menu didn't you?

ooooohhhhh, I'll have an ice water please. 101 restaurants now!

Original Poster22 points · 1 year ago · edited 1 year ago

Haha, this was just for personal reference to be honest. I didn't really intend to publish it for public consumption when I was making the list! Thought some people might be interested in seeing it.

Alsooo I included restaurants/cafes where I just had water because part of my goal was to experience the atmosphere of new places, not just the food. So glad I did this because I exposed myself to so many new interesting experiences.

I appreciate the list and that it helped keep track for you.

I think you might get a bit more appreciation from others if the title was a bit more clear with the types of eateries. Meaning, I'm a full on Carnivore (the meatier the better) I kept scrolling and didn't see a steakhouse (point out if I did).

"Pescatarians rating of 100 venues"

Soaring the skies of Hawkesbury
12 points · 1 year ago

You've cherry picked a bit here..

13 points · 1 year ago

Vic on the Park - Pub - 11th Aug - WATER - SOME GOOD ASS WATER

Original Poster2 points · 1 year ago

Your post history is gold

Thank you :)

Soaring the skies of Hawkesbury
1 point · 1 year ago

What if I'm looking for some good ass water? It seems like bad ass water is the norm ;)

lol

What about 'since I left you' where they had a rose and the comment is :)

Very informative

Soaring the skies of Hawkesbury
0 points · 1 year ago

I'm not defending the shit reviews, but really even they are pretty much on par with most nonsense you get in Zomato or TripAdvisor reviews. And don't even bother with Google reviews...

19 points · 1 year ago

Flower Child... checked it out with my girlfriend and it was expensive, noisy, and the meals were small and very American.

I gotta stop using Zomato for this stuff because it seems to lead me to places that have nice atmosphere and fancy ingredients, but high prices and mediocre food. My local café might look a bit tacky but at least you'll get a good meal for the price, and chips with chicken salt instead of "fries".

[deleted]
21 points · 1 year ago

the meals were small and very American

Now now, it can't be both.

shhh...
3 points · 1 year ago

If you evert go to the US, try a restaurant called the Cheesecake Factory. Portion sizes for their entrees (mains) are honestly big enough for three people.

3 points · 1 year ago

Chicken. And. Fucking. Biscuits.

North Shore
6 points · 1 year ago

I just had amazing food at Flower Child yesterday and I don't get how the food was "American". Unless you mean a health food restaurant in LA or something.

I had the best cooked crispy skin barramundi I've ever had. So moist and tender. Served with zoodles and mango. Sprinkled with tiny little edible flowers which is presumably their theme.

My friend had the vegan bowl which was apparently awesome.

The shoestring fries were also great: tasty, crispy and not over-salted.

I was really impressed and am not surprised there's a wait list to get a table at certain times.

Inner Best
10 points · 1 year ago

As a fellow vego this is great info. Thanks!

Original Poster5 points · 1 year ago

Glad to be of help. There's this vego yum cha place next to Hyde Park that I want to try. It's called Bodhi I think! The general consensus seems to be that it's delicious but a lil bit on the expensive side.

Inner Best
3 points · 1 year ago

I've been there! Definitely delicious, definitely expensive. From the chart, you seem to like Japanese. If you haven't been before, I suggest coming up to Izakaya Fujiyama in Surry Hills. We have vego agedashi tofu(!!!!), amazing crispy brussel sprouts w/ carrot puree/labna/teriyaki sauce/fresh orange, fried taro and all sorts of goodness. Great place to bring your non-vego friends too ;)

Black pens > Blue pens
8 points · 1 year ago

Maybe sort this by Suburb, might make looking up some restaurants easier than by date...

I'll try the good ass water

Looks like Chatswood scored the worst of all suburbs.

9 points · 1 year ago

To be fair the list is not meant to be comprehensive. I can think of many places in chatswood I'd go before any of the ones listed here.

North Shore
8 points · 1 year ago

Also the guy is going to struggle finding vegan food in Chatswood. It's mainly Asian restaurants, and in most of those even vegetarian options will be using non vegetarian stocks, or fish sauce, or whatever. I don't think the concept is so well understood.

I'm a meat eater but I like vegetable noodles best, and was surprised when I asked about the teriyaki sauce recipe at a particular place when they blithely told me it uses chicken stock. So I wonder how many vegans and vegetarians are eating stuff that actually does contain meat and/or other animal products.

Basically, if I were a strict vegan, I would probably avoid all Asian restaurants unless they were specifically Buddhist or Jain or something that actually gets the concept.

Original Poster5 points · 1 year ago

I've tried the buddhist restaurant in Chatswood. The one next to Elbow Room. It's quite lovely and 100% vego. It's not on the list because I've been there before.

Caffeine addict #1
4 points · 1 year ago

Came in expecting something... saw mostly grass... bye.

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North Shore
3 points · 1 year ago

Exactly: this is useful to a vegan, but it doesn't give a very fair picture to an omnivore, or even a lacto-ovo vegetarian.

Thanks for this, will try some of these

What would it take to get the elusive 10/10? I see a lot of 9.5s on the list.

"I'm obsessed with ingesting rose petals to achieve immortality."

Hahaha brilliant

2 points · 1 year ago

Upvote for "raisin baked good"

shhh...
2 points · 1 year ago

Lol... Quince Cafe, Artarmon, "I work here now." :)

2 points · 1 year ago

Frankie's check, all good mate.

best burger i've ever had

doesn't get a 10, cmon man how is anyone gonna earn a 10 from you

Great idea and good effort, but I can't believe that you're vegan and didn't go to basically any Indian restaurant? I mean that's where you're gonna find the largest variety of vegan food!

[deleted]
3 points · 1 year ago

I saved it, saw vegan, unsaved it after taking notes because most vegetarian food at restaurants is fucking 10/10

I can't tell if this means you like vegan food or hate it haha.

Think your boys will win tonight?

[deleted]
1 point · 1 year ago

I hate that I like it haha

2 points · 1 year ago

I saved this post in one second.

Hey man can you share the excel or gdrive on this, i want to see the score sorted out

is this enough flair?
1 point · 1 year ago

Data is delicious

BOM-SIN-SYD
1 point · 1 year ago

Mate if you're after vegetarian food you should be looking at more Indian restaurants. Hit me up for recommendations

I am surprised you found Harajuku Gyoza to be "nothing special" yet no comment on the atmosphere?

@pixieshit, would you be willing to share this Excel file? I would love to have copy myself and visit as many of these restaurants as possible.

North Shore snob masquerading as Inner City yuppy
1 point · 1 year ago

Blue Dragon is shithouse.

Ni Hao is much better, although still somewhat expensive.

84 Union is by far the best bar in Pyrmont, followed closely by Gallon.

You deserve upvotes just for your last paragraph. Damn I miss living in Pyrmont now. I also miss Hopsy the cat at Quarrymans and their Ginger Beer on a hot summer day.

shhh...
2 points · 1 year ago

But how can anyone afford to drink at Quarryman's regularly? Prices be crazy there.

Yeah true. Delicious but pricey.. Plus they have a cute cat to feed,so I don't mind.haha

shhh...
1 point · 1 year ago

Ni Hao seems annoyed by individual diners. They are really set up for Chinese tour bus groups only. I wouldn't be surprised if they eventually end up like that place on Miller St that is only open for tour groups and just closed otherwise if there are no bookings.

-2 points · 1 year ago

As someone living in Sydney, this is gold.

AntiFuckhead
-4 points · 1 year ago

Wow that must be really satisfying /s

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