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I appreciate the post COVID difficulties for restaurants and I admit to being a bit sceptical of the 'farm to table' idea as novel (as it certainly was when I lived in Berkeley 40 years ago). The kitchen action was fun to watch and the...food generally and our waiter all very good except for a few slip-ups like too much black on the Fougasse, a missing oyster and a couple of unpolished deliveries. I just expect professional casual service to be a bit ..well more professional when you are paying $15 for one 'poached prawn' mid $20's for the cheapest red by glass. Also the wearing of masks by several staff was very mixed.More
The space is terrific, the service was OK, the food overpriced and not particularly exceptional, and there was plenty of attitude, the kind you don't want when you are the one paying.
We expected to pay top dollar, but we also excected fair value -...we got the right bill, but not the value.
I enjoyed the funky space, and exposed kitchen. The mood lighting and comfort of seating was very good - but when one of our oysters was so small that it looked like an empty shell, we politely asked for this to be replaced (we were paying top dollar for each oyster) - it was indeed replaced...technically correct, but not generous and not even the slightest hint of an apology. Our side of vegetables was highly priced and near tasteless (perhaps this was intentional but again, it was no different that a few veges steamed in water at home). The dessert was excellent. The coffee, banged down on the table on my left side showed poor professionalism.
I would have given two stars but unlike Fred's, I'd like to be generous and give three.More
We were so lucky and got seated at one of two areas where we could watch all the kitchen working as we ate. Amazing, enthralling, a fabulous add to our eating experience.
On top of that, our waiter was delightful and the food was extraordinary....Our John Dory was the best fish I’ve ever had in a restaurant made all the better because we’d watched the process of cooking it and chatted to the lady in charge of that section.
We will definitely be back.More
Love Freds. Amazing cocktails, wonderful food from the bread to the entrees which are so perfectly balanced, we had the fregola with seafood and the tuna tartare to mains that melt in your mouth. The wine list is a bit pricey but something for all...and great advice from the Som. The apple sorbet as a palate cleanser was wonderful and the choclate tart that was a surprise and delight in your mouth... The service from the team was great. Thanks Freds!More
Went here a few years back with my hubby and a friend, and had a wonderful time. Came past again while a friend was visiting from interstate right before lockdown, and the service was lack lustre, but the food was good. I have a bad...habit of eating before I go out, so I didn't finish my plate, but believe me I enjoyed it. Boy George was eating at the restaurant, and our waitress seemed to be paying more attention to him. But, I guess we make these choices in life and for reasons unbeknown to me, people tend to flock to celebrities. We waited a while for our order to be taken, waited a while for our drinks, waited a while for the bread, and waited a while for our food. Would visit again, but I'm not running through the door.More
Fred’s was a favourite but we were underwhelmed on Saturday night. The staff weren’t up to scratch and when the waitress came over and said with a smile before you decide I have a few things to tell you? We thought great specials but then...she informs us of all the thing not available such as Fougasse bread but sourdough will be complementary. It’s not a huge menu and on a Saturday night you would think they could do better. At the end we had to wait quite a while for our coats clearly they had forgotten as the waitress was serving a table. Perhaps the good staff have moved on to their new venue?More
We made a point of going to Fred’s at the recommendation of someone who comes here often for business. We loved the set up of kitchen in the middle everything (great to watch them prepare dishes) and food was good. Drinks are pricey.