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“It's more about the location and the ambience.” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Ice Cube - CLOSED

Ice Cube
Cuisines: Seafood, Australian
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Restaurant details
Good for: View, Groups, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Neighbourhood: Central Business District
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57 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
“It's more about the location and the ambience.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2010

Some restaurants are experiences and others are places to get a meal. The former is lovely and there is nothing wrong with the latter. Ice Cube is the latter.

The location is handy to the Imax Theatre, if that is where you happen to be, and it's convenient for a meal after the show. There is lots of parking, though at city prices.

We have eaten at Ice Cube three times now and the staff is consistently helpful, pleasant and patient. The decor and environment are excellent for a Sunday afternoon lunch where one can sit near the water and watch the world go by.

Like I said, the food is not extraordinary. My grilled trout was overdone last time I was there and it was overdone this time too. I had asked each time for a "sashimi" middle, which the waiter understood as "medium rare" , consistently, each time the middle was well done. The kipfler potatoes were greasy as were the beans. There were supposed to by almonds amongst fish but and there were: about three. My wife's salt and pepper crayfish was heavily fried. Serving sizes tended to be small.

The essence of the problem is that the food doesn't measure up to the price. About 30% cheaper would have represented fair value. I would imagine that such a price reduction wouldn't pay the rent of this premium site but, to be frank, that shouldn't be the customer's problem.

So, does this mean that Ice Cube is a bad place for a meal? Not really. It's handy and pleasant to eat at and the staff is nice. The food is no great shakes but, if you're not too fussy and you're around the area and feeling peckish, and you're credit card isn't already to stretched, it'll do.

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Thank Petychka
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English first
Sydney
1 review
“Absolutely terrible experience!!!!!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2010

We went to Ice Cube last week-end 23 January 2010, it was a disaster.

I received an email from American Express advising Ice Cube offers 20% saving on total food bill, before making reservation I ask James (the manager) whether I can take advantage of the 20% saving, he said yes, as long as the total bill has to charge to Amex card. Guess what, no discount was given, the excuses are, there is no record in the system that I am going to pay the bill using Amex and it is too late as he has put thru the bill, I don’t understand why is it so difficult for him as a manager to re-process the bill with the correct amount, I was sick and tired listening to his excuses, I end up pay the total.

Warning: if you have any special offer with this Ice Cube restaurant, you need to make sure they record it in their system, remind them when you arrive, remind them again before you order, remind them again when you pay, don’t be surprise if you don’t get you offer!!!

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Thank RobynTT
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Sydney
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Have been here a few times and now call...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2010

Have been here a few times and now call it my favourite restaurant. The food is to die for. The soft shell crab is amazing! Seafood platter and steaks are fabulous and the service is also impecable. Great selection of wine and cocktails too! Simply the best restaurant in Darling Harbour. Highly recommended!

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Thank Noise_Natzi
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Chester, United Kingdom
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57 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Food was a BOGOF, but wine was expensive!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2009

We (spouse and self) ate here on our first evening in Sydney. They were offering a special of two main courses for the price of one, so we settled in for mussels with bread. Extras came in the shape of piping hot fries and a large green salad. The quality of the food was very good, and the service was excellent. Wine is where they get their money from you, however. We had one of the cheaper bottles, and it was still $39. Still, we enjoyed it, and would definitely go again.

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Thank ChuiRafiki
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Melbourne
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“MMMmmmmm.....”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2009

Ok there are alot of resturants around Darling Harbour. The food here is simple but sometime that is just what is need.
The staff are friendly and because it was busy the fact they missed our order of the stock standard garlic bread was forgotten when the dessert menu was brought out....Chocolate moouse was so enjoyable and everyone had a lovely time.
The staffs attempts to make daughters time in the resturant enjoyable and fun is something that is over looked to often in this style of resturant.
All in all as stated earlier it is simple clean tasty food but the staff made it a experience. Thank you

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Helpful?
Thank kittycatAP
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