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The Sunburnt Cow
Posted by Anonymous on 04/09/2008
I was at the Sunburnt Cow last Sunday to celebrate 2 birthdays. While everything started off great (we were seated promptly, waiter was nice and attentive and kept our mimosas coming) things quickly went downhill. We ordered right away, but then waited about an hour for our food, which when it came was overcooked and soggy. They advertise a $15 unlimited brunch but several of the options on the $15 menu are actually $20 (a little steep for brunch, even in New York!). When everyone had finished eating, we waited around assuming we would get some kind of birthday cake as we had let the waiter know we were there for a birthday party. It was about 20 minutes (and 2 reminders) before a waitress came over, slapped two pieces of cake on the table (no candle! no happy birthday!), and said "we really need you guys to get out of here quickly. Some people who have a 1:30 reservation have been waiting for 20 minutes." We couldn't believe it! She acted as if it had been our fault were were there so long when we had been kept waiting for our food and then again for our birthday cake and the check (which did not come with shots!). I would not recommend the Sunburnt Cow for your next occasion.
Posted by Anonymous on 04/07/2008
My Australian boyfriend was feeling homesick so I browsed some restaurants on this website and we decided to give this one a shot since it got the highest ratings. The food isn't Australian per se, but rather uses Australian ingredients in a very clever fashion. The service was fantastic, as was the barramundi. A bit on the pricey side, but we left very satisfied so it was well worth it.
Posted by Anonymous on 02/15/2008
My friends and I frequent the Cow for brunch with the amazing deal of $15 for delicious food and endless drinks (we prefer the mimosas!). The food is great, the atmosphere so much fun, and the service is very good as well - definitely good looking waiter and bartender :) Also, I am in complete agreement with the owner below. I mean, it is only courteous to finish up your meal and head over to the bar (still getting free drinks) so that others can sit and the restaurant can operate their business. Come on!
Posted by Heathe on 01/28/2008
G’day I’m Heathe, the owner of the cow. I only ever respond to bogus reviews and the last one is bogus. What is true - we offer a $15 endless brunch which includes beer, moomosas, moomarys etc. On Saturdays and Sundays between Bondi Road and The Cow we serve about 400 people between 12 & 5pm. In order to do this we have rules. All parties must be complete to sit, We take reservations for parties of 6 or more at 12:00, 1:30 & 3:00. This allows on average of1 ½ hours at the table, we then offer drinks at the bar. An average brunch customer can expect to consume 5-10 drinks, how fast can you drink? Its true we give shots with the check, it’s also true we give any birthday person a free dessert with a candle. It’s never true that we ask for the table while you’re eating, it’s also never true that the restaurant is empty, our regular and new customers are lining up at 12 to get in. We will ask for your table back at some point, so if it offends you to stand at a bar and drink for free then I guess The Cow & Bondi Road are not for you. Cheers big ears!
Posted by Anonymous on 01/23/2008
I was recently very dissapointed with my experience at the Sunburnt Cow. I specifically went to SBC on my birthday because I wanted a cool, funky brunch spot where my friends could chat comfortably and enjoy the atmosphere. I had previously read great reviews about the SBC which highlighted the staff as being very good about not rushing parties out the door. Unfortunately, this was not true. At all. From the second we sat down, we felt pressured to eat quickly and get out the door. To begin, our waitor asked us literally three times within the span of five minutes if we were ready to order. Keep in mind that at this point the restaurant was empty. Later on, the manager came to our table and told us point blank, "look guys, I need your table now." We had only begun to eat our meal and were on our first mimosa (of which there was supposed to be an unlimited suppy. Five minutes later, the same manager brought us "shots on the house" and again asked us to leave. I went to the SBC expecting to enjoy my food and instead barely had time to stuff it in before I was rushed out the door. I was very, very dissapointed with the service at the SBC and would not recommend going to this place unless you are ready to eat quickly.
Posted by anonymous on 12/14/2007
I went to the Sunburnt Cow 2x in a matter of two weeks. Everything was fantastic, from the food, to the drinks, to the service. Particularly wonderful was the fish burger and Whinging Pom cocktail. Servers/owners are super friendly. Really wonderful spot. Also in a nice and calm location, no hustle and bustle of midtown. I definitely recommend this place
Posted by Anonymous on 10/18/2007
I went on a Monday because a previous review mentioned that everything's $5 on Monday. That's changed, now it's $15 for an appetizer, entree, and dessert. Not a bad deal, and the food was yummy. The calamari was amazing, and I'm not usually a huge calamari fan. Fish and chips were good, too, and the portions were pretty big. Desert-wise, I'd recommend the date pudding cake. I got the Lamingtons, which look delicious... but the date cake that I mooched off of was much tastier. I wanted to see the brunch menu, but it's not on here or on their website...?