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“Less cabaret please.”
Review of Peats Bite

Peats Bite
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Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Sydney, Australia
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Less cabaret please.”
Reviewed 9 February 2014

Travelled on a warm sunny Sunday. Punch on arrival and nice benched tables set under awnings to keep the sun off. Food began in earnest and was solid all the way through, I particularly enjoyed the middle courses of chicken terrine followed by BBQ ribs. Mains were small and thoughtful: salmon and beef fillet, however the longer the day progressed the slower the service became, to the point where we were getting sore bums waiting for the next course to come through. This spacing may give you more time to digest, but 5 hours of eating and drinking makes for a lot of tired and slightly wilted people.
I agree with the previous reviewer, that the entertainment was somewhat at odds with the setting. It began as light guitar music and singing, but progressed in the later afternoon to an almost karaoke-style family cabaret, several of the operators getting a go on the mic and one of the kids having a birthday cake/song in the middle of our meal. I’m all for a family-oriented experience, but after 4 hours I’d had more than enough of the jolly old lassie pumping out “Suspicious Minds” and mincing up “Rawhide”, much to her own pleasure. Not that the folks couldn’t sing, but just they started to do so with some gusto, to the point where we found ourselves almost having to shout our table conversations, to elevate them above the family shindig.
In summary: food was good, courses varied and well received at our table. Service was initially very good and then progressively slower. It certainly was a 5-hour lunch and this starts to take its toll on a warm day. Entertainment started out as it should have finished – light background guitar, but unfortunately it ramped up into twee karaoke, where I felt like an intruder at a family birthday party, Granny and Aunty Lynn having cracked one too many bottles and funnelling their blurry energy into the loud speakers.

  • Visited February 2014
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English first
Sydney Australia
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33 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Disappointing lunch”
Reviewed 30 January 2014

Peat’s Bite
If you go to this restaurant expecting a 6 hour lunch with family style entertainment then this restaurant could well suit you. This is less a restaurant and more a venue for large group celebrations.
It was a perfect day and we set off by boat in great anticipation of our degustation lunch. We’d read the glowing reviews and were expecting a long lunch with some great friends in an idyllic location. We were not expecting to feel like we had gate crashed someone else’s function.
We were a small group of four and there were several large parties also in attendance. The way this restaurant operates is that everyone is served their course before the next, similar to a wedding. Therefore, we had to wait for approximately 100 people to be served before we got our next course. This took well over 5 hours. Often we had to wait an hour between courses.
While there was some entertainment, it seemed at times like a family singalong. This seemed at odds with the peaceful location and we were not expecting this.
While the presentation and diversity offered on the menu was excellent, some of the food was not up to scratch. eg the scallops were overdone and tough and the beef was cold.
This restaurant caters for large groups perfectly but in our experience, not for couples or small groups.

  • Visited November 2013
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3 Thank HavenSydneyAustralia
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Sydney
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Unforgettable 23 Hour Lunch”
Reviewed 22 January 2014

We went here on Sunday for the first time. We took our 8 & 9 year old boys with us & our friends took their 2 boys. Firstly the food was amazing. We had a 7 course set menu. It was so fresh & ther flavours were what you would expect in a Sydney top restaurant. (check out website) The kids ate off the kids menu- Fish & Chips (good size too) Our boys spent the whole time fishing in front of us on the jetty & swimming in the pool with the 2 beautiful boys that live there. After a few wines we decided to see if we could stay the night in their waterfront rooms. Not a problem. The last boat took all the other guests back & we pretty much had the place to ourselves. The best thing about this place is the family that own & run it.They really know how to be amazing hosts. We felt like we were far away on our own little paradise island. Tammy,Tanya & Geoff made sure we enjoyed our evening & we had a brilliant night. The next day we felt as though we were
saying goodbye to our friends. Tammy took us back on the boat to Kangaroo Point. I have not even mentioned the amazing entertainment that you get throughout the day with Tammy & her brother singing. None of us wanted to leave. This place must be put on your bucket list to try !!!!

  • Visited January 2014
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Thank caravankate
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Sydney, Australia
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“Fantasy Island”
Reviewed 6 January 2014

We'd heard about Peat's Bite and managed to get a cancellation whilst holidaying in The Hawkesbury. We anchored our chartered boat outside the restaurant and were picked up by a jolly bloke just after midday and taken to the door by tinnie. When I say door, I mean little marina that leads to a little wooden bridge over to a beautiful tropical garden with a large pavilion style building set for lunch for around 100 covers. We were immediately greeted with a rum based cocktail and the kids ran off to play with the giant chess set and waterside swimming pool. We then spent the next 6 hours! being wined and dined and entertained the the grand matriarch with show tunes and warm interactions with the crowd. It's a set menu in a beyond beautiful location. The staff are exemplary and the whole experience is like a surreal and lovely dream. The food was very good, not mind-blowing, but the warmth of the family that run the place and the setting more than make up of this. It's a little bit expensive; but then it's a very special place for special occasions. We all loved it.

  • Visited January 2014
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1 Thank VawnMarginal
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sydney
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60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Hawkesbury Heaven”
Reviewed 10 November 2013

Having not been to this restaurant for many years delighted to visit and find the majic of the place hasn't changed. If at all the food and wines are superior and nothing beats the atmospere and view.
Time goes so quicly here that an overnighter in the future is a good option.

Tammy's entertainment and well spaced dishes compliment the relaxed environ but make it hard heading back to the rat race !!

A truly unique timeless unforgettable experience !

  • Visited November 2013
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Thank andrew m
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