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“An incredibly sad occasion”
Review of Vulcan's - CLOSED

Vulcan's
Cuisines: Contemporary
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Sydney, Australia
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5,220 reviews
2,909 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1,860 helpful votes
“An incredibly sad occasion”
Reviewed 19 November 2012

It was our last lunch at Vulcan's as Phillip Searle is retiring next week on 25th.
Not that he doesn't deserve an alternative life as he has been looking after people like myself for many decades.
While fads may come and go, Phillip Searle's cooking will remain in my memory forever whether I think of his early Adelaide days or Oasis Seros in Centennial Park or his home for the past 20 years in Blackheath.
Each meal is a delight and to be treasured forever.
The choices are limited, only 3 options for entree or main but each is a delight.
I had chosen my selection for the entree too early as the waiter then said "sorry, but this has gone" - his suggestion of the salmon entree sounded just ok but it turned out to be a wonderful dish - the produce is first class.
It was such a contrast to our other entree, the duck sausage - one fresh with a wonderful spice character, the other more filling but full of flavour.
Loved the mains but was more focussed on dessert - this was to be our last taste of the famed chequerboard dessert - can't believe this was our final time.
The bad news though was that the special old "noble" dessert wine kept for a special occasion (and what could be more special than the chequerboard) had turned into a fortified wine.
Barry suggested that I should just dump it but after some 16 years, I couldn't dump an old friend so easily.
A wonderful day and I will always treasure our memories of our visits to Blackheath even though it took us 3 hours to get home through the traffic.
No other restaurant would be worth such an horrendous drive back but if anyone is thinking of the pilgrimage, do it quickly.

  • Visited November 2012
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1 Thank RonWamberal
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  • English first
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English first
Blackheath, Australia
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36 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Just fantastic”
Reviewed 15 November 2012

Have been going here for sixteen years and just love it. The food looks simple but it's not, the complexity of flavours and ingredients makes it very special indeed. Quite small and you need to book ahead.

Visited October 2012
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Thank mountainstirrer
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Sydney, Australia
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90 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“An Old Favourite”
Reviewed 24 September 2012

Some things never change. They just remain constantly good. The dishes which remain Philip's menu always remain up to standard. The new dishes in this case the salmon entree were excellent.

  • Visited September 2012
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3 Thank PhilipJK
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Sydney, Australia
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293 reviews
140 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 171 helpful votes
“Disappointing”
Reviewed 22 September 2012

There are two entries for this restaurant, one with an apostrophe and one without, so I am repeating the review below:

We went for a Saturday lunch, having been for dinner twice some years ago and enjoyed the food and ambience. However, it was neither good nor memorable this time.

We started with the Tofu three ways, which was swamped with sesame seeds, but without the sesame seeds it would have been seriously dull. Oue second starter was Smoked Trout Fish Cakes, an odd description, as it looked more like a trout mousseline in a swiss roll. All starters are $19.50.

For mains we selected the roasted Barramundi, which was crusted in sesame seeds again (they must have bought a lot of sesame seeds and needed to use them up). The fish was simply uninspiring. Our second main was the signature beef dish, which was starkly presented and not a vegetable in sight, whereas the fish was a balanced meal and included vegetables. The beef was fall apart texture, but didn't have anything else to comment on. All mains are $36 each. Veges were $9, but the waiter failed to mention that the beef would need them.

By now we were feeling very disappointed, but expected to be revived with the chequerboard icecream $19. Unfortunately it didn't live up to our memories, nothing wrong with it, but not the old zing we remembered.

Why does Vulcans have a hat?

  • Visited September 2012
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1 Thank Trish M
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Sydney, Australia
Level Contributor
293 reviews
140 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 171 helpful votes
“So disappointed”
Reviewed 22 September 2012

We went for a Saturday lunch, having been for dinner twice some years ago and enjoyed the food and ambience. However, it was neither good nor memorable this time.

We started with the Tofu three ways, which was swamped with sesame seeds, but without the sesame seeds it would have been seriously dull. Oue second starter was Smoked Trout Fish Cakes, an odd description, as it looked more like a trout mousseline in a swiss roll. All starters are $19.50.

For mains we selected the roasted Barramundi, which was crusted in sesame seeds again (they must have bought a lot of sesame seeds and needed to use them up). The fish was simply uninspiring. Our second main was the signature beef dish, which was starkly presented and not a vegetable in sight, whereas the fish was a balanced meal and included vegetables. The beef was fall apart texture, but didn't have anything else to comment on. All mains are $36 each. Veges were $9, but the waiter failed to mention that the beef would need them.

By now we were feeling very disappointed, but expected to be revived with the chequerboard icecream $19. Unfortunately it didn't live up to our memories, nothing wrong with it, but not the old zing we remembered.

Why does Vulcans have a hat?

  • Visited September 2012
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    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Helpful?
1 Thank Trish M
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC

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