Cuisine: Italian
Price Point: Mains from $25 - $35+
Ranked: #9 of 93 restaurants in Sydney

Tasty cuisine by an award-winning chef is on the menu at Olio Kensington Street—you don’t want to miss out on this dining experience.

Sicilian-born Lino Sauro is the master behind the food at this trendy Sicilian restaurant. Located in a beautifully restored Chippendale building, the venue marries a nod to the past with a contemporary indoor dining room and stunning rooftop garden.

The menu very much reflects this ‘old meets new’ approach. All dishes are made using olive oil sourced from Lino’s family’s Sicilian farm, and use a range of fresh ingredients. Start your meal with a charred citrus Fremantle River octopus and follow it up with your choice of a range of enticing pastas, including the homemade ravioli with king prawns, black truffle and burrata sauce. Of course, a variety of meat and fish are on offer too, with options including grilled wild snapper and 48-hours lamb neck.

Dessert is not forgotten at Olio Kensington Street, with everything from the more traditional Cannolo Siciliano to the dark chocolate tart.

If you’re after a decadent and memorable Sicilian meal served in gorgeous surrounds, you can’t go past Olio Kensington Street.

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Olio Kensington Street
Level 2, The Old Rum Store, 8 Kensington St
Chippendale 2008

Open Hours:
Monday- Friday: 6pm-11pm
Saturday & Sunday: 12pm-2:30pm & 6pm-11pm

Phone: (02) 9281 1500
Website: olio.kensingtonstreet.com.au/

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Ranked: #9 of 93 restaurants in Sydney 9
Olio Kensington Street
Location: Chippendale
Cuisine: Italian
Mains: $25 - $35+

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SUZANNE CALVERT

Delicious Contemporary Italian! There’s a lovely ambience and from the moment the four of us arrived we were greeted warmly and given excellent attentive service. Great Bellinis to start. Every starter, main and dessert was quite unique and delicious. My absolute favourite dish was the Scallops, cashew nut cream and sesame starter - creative & a real winner! Well done Chef Lino! Highly recommended!

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Sam Cramer

Olio's has got to be my new favourite restaurant as everything about it was above and beyond my expectations. The service was prompt, friendly and welcoming, while the food and cocktails were spectacular and demonstrated master craftsmanship. Additionally, the restaurant itself has such a warm/ industrial feel to it, a really gorgeous atmosphere and is definitely worth every dollar we spent!
Big thank you's to everyone there for making it such a memorable experience!

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Jessica Malone

I had an incredible experience. The food was sensational and our waitress gave us a fabulous dining experience, was attentive and very pleasant. The quality of the food is outstanding and I will be coming back to dine again soon.
It was a special occasion for my brother passing all his final exams for uni and on the desert they put congratulations. It was so sweet and very caring.

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Joanne Green

Sensational experience at Olio. The menu was Italian with an emphasis on Sicilian regional fare which includes lots of seafood . We couldn’t fault the food or the service it’s a 5 star experience.

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We had the most memorable dining experience at Olio last night. From the moment we were welcomed till the moment we were farewelled at the door. Service was very warm and friendly. We ordered staters, pastas, mains and side and dessert. Every dish was well presented and delicious. The timing in between courses was just right.

Booking on First table was easy. They even gave the Birthday celebrant a tiramisu cake with candle and song! And a small bottle of Olio olive oil to take home as souvenir.

The friendly chef himself came to say hello at our table and we had the chance to compliment him on his amazing culinary skills.

Would love to dine at Olio again!

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Warren Cammack

Great service from the moment we arrived until we left, very attentive and friendly staff. Superb food as well, we had the carpaccio and prawn ceviche to start and two pasta dishes for main - everything was amazingly well presented and tasted superb. Lovely venue as well, very funky decor and perfect for romantic dinners!

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Anisa Em

Had a great night at Olio. The restaurant is gorgeous and the staff really helpfull and friendly :) food and wine was delicious. Would definitely go back again

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anni haque

This was our first First Table experience and everything about it was fantastic. The website was so easy to navigate, showing us exactly which restaurants/ /offers/ exact times/dates at a glance. We picked Olio as the glowing customer reviews tipped the decision in their favour. And we are so glad we did!! The warm glamorous ambience, 5 star service and exquisite food made us feel special. This Sicilian restaurant oozes authenticity, with deep and rich flavours. and good variety of choices (Our party had four with two met eaters, one pescatarian and one vegetarian). We left the restaurant with that feeling you get only too rarely - complete satisfaction!! In fact we have short listed it for a very important family event later in the year. First Table is a great concept and is a real win-win for all involved. Thank you, cant wait for our next experience!!

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Jacqueline Waszkiewicz

Absolutely wonderful and a flawless experience from start to finish! We were warmly greeted and seated by the maitre d' and were brought out complimentary warm bread (mmmm) and an amuse bouche which was a lovely touch. It's always nice when someone goes above and beyond when they don't have to. We shared the prawn ravioli, rosted lamb and rosemary roasted potatoes and finished off with a granita and tiramisu. All dishes were full of lovely, warm flavours (except for the granita, of course ;) and so delicious we wanted to lick the plate! After dinner, we were presented with a tiny complimentary chocolate cake. Service was wonderful throughout the evening, it was warm and cozy in the restaurant and the decor and tableware were all on point. Would LOVE to come back.

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Naveen Ahluwalia

Olio was absolutely brilliant. I had the handmade squid ink pasta with nduja and crab and my friend had a gorgeous truffle ravioli. We had complimentary amuse bouche, complimentary beautiful bread with Olio's housemade olive oil and a little dessert of chocolate. The restaurant was beautiful and the service impeccable. We will absolutely be back!

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Lucy Allan

Excellent service, lovely wine, and wonderful food that was unpretenious, generous and elegant. I’d confidently bet this place will be hatted the next time we visit. The prawn ravioli is a must!! The waygu pappardelle, signature zuppa soup and sirloin were all fantastic, the roast potatoes were dangerously moorish. We ordered the squid as a starter to share which was also delicious but not required as we were soooo full, especially after the complimentary beautiful hot breads and two (entree and desert) amuse bouche. This has to be one of Sydney’s top Italian restaurants, we can’t wait to return!!

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Dined here to experience the Bucatini with Saffron, Fresh Sardines,
Wild Fennel, Raisins and Pine Nuts. I married my Sicilian wife mainly for love but secondly because her mother ( my now mother-in-law ) cooked this dish to perfection when we were courting!. I was pleasantly transported back to that meal I had years ago. The dish at Olio was exquisitely prepared and respected the Sicilian roots from where it was created. Thank you Lino and your team for a lovely evening and I will be sure to pass on my recommendation to family and friends

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SUZANNE CALVERT

Delicious Contemporary Italian! There’s a lovely ambience and from the moment the four of us arrived we were greeted warmly and given excellent attentive service. Great Bellinis to start. Every starter, main and dessert was quite unique and delicious. My absolute favourite dish was the Scallops, cashew nut cream and sesame starter - creative & a real winner! Well done Chef Lino! Highly recommended!

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The food was fine- nothing particularly noteworthy or standout. Service was helpful and swift.

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Shirley Barbuto

This was such a lovely dining experience .The staff were excellent...attentive and helpful ...and the food was delicious. It is a fabulous venue and so easily accessible from Central station.
Treat yourself to some special dining.

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Irene Luu

The service was great at the restaurant, felt like fine dining. The pastas were delicious, especially the truffle ravioli and squid ink linguini. The tiramisu was a let down, nothing special and expensive for full price of $16.

Otherwise it was a great dinner.

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Hands down best food experience we have had in a long time.

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Joce Prieto

Great spot, great food & service! Will definitely go back! Must walk around the laneways after or before you dine!

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Linda Teng

The environment and the customer service is good.

Highly recommend the tiramisu

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The food not only came out quickly but tasted amazing and the staff were provided great service.

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Bob Fawcett

Staff were attentive without be obtrusive and provided advice that enhanced our menu choices. The food was first rate.

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Brett Lennon

Olio is a beautiful restaurant with an industrial feel to the interior. We were seated in lovely spot next to a window, and served a lovely amuse bouche prior to ordering.
All our dishes except one were excellent, the home made pastas a specialty, the one disappointment was a prawn and fennel and blood orange salad, where the prawns were served raw in large bowl of raw fennel. That aside the first table experience was a no hassle one and I would highly recommend Olio as a lunch or dinner destination.

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Very nice foods. Very good service.

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Olio is great I had the prawns ravioli with truffles and it was just absolutely delicious. The cocktails were divine and the wine list is extensive. Will def be back!

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The food was delicious, and the service both professional and attentive. I loved the design and the vibe. A wonderful night out.

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Absolutely delicious hand made pasta with beautiful flavours - Fregola and Papardelle were the standouts, with a lovely complementary wine list

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Ana Mancilla Ruiz

Excellent food and service.

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My poor rate is due to the portion size.
Portions are very small, tapas size.
Usually at any other restaurant we are happy with a main and a dessert each. We were 2 adult and a young kid.
Here I had to order 2 more mains during the meal to feel full.
Pastas were gone with 4 bites.
The lamb neck special was 4 little slices of meat on top of some vegetables.
This was $38 and as a special was not on discount and I didn't know it.
Not sure if without a discount you would get the same portion size.
Anyway wouldn't go back there again, even if food is actually very good.

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What a lovely visit. This was my first visit to Olio and my first time using first table and boy o boy did everything go off without a hitch. The food was flavoursome and made with love, in particularly the pastas and the staff were friendly, attentive and accomodating. For instance, we were seated at a table that was a bit too close to the air-conditioning and they were super nice in seating us at a table closer to the bar. An enjoyable lunch, will definitely be back!

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Karen Gomez

Staff were really helpful with recommending dishes from the menu! The wine was excellent!!

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Nigel Merrington

Fabulous from service to the great food , a really special experience

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Everything was perfect. Food was gorgeous and service was excellent.

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Great service, food and ambience

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Liat Silberman

It's such a gorgeous room, you're happy to step into it - huge windows and a great industrial feel. It's also far less noisy than you might expect/fear. We looked closely and think the have painted baffling in the ceiling to keep the room quieter, so you can actually hear the person next to you speak!

So the ambiance is great. How was the food? Delicious! We ordered several pasta dishes and meat dishes. Everything we ate was well cooked, tasteful and nicely presented.

The staff were terrific, quick considerate service. I will definitely go again and feel comfortable recommending to others.

This is a high end Italian restaurant, and not for a quite bite. It's more to be savored and priced accordingly.

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Erika Sullivan

Great service, good food.

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Hayley(so young) Park

It was my first dining at olio and also using first table. Both new experience were awesome. I was a bit scared about the fact a discount off the food bill might be effected on food quality, portion size and the service but neither any of them did! Food was very delicate and well presented, all the wait staffs were super friendly and helpful. They have provided very professional service, each round clearing the used plates and cutlery, keep filling up the empty glass with water and even got a welcoming breads and dips for free. One thing personally little bit lack of seasoning but generally very satisified dining at olio! I will recommand others to try at olio and first table apps for sure! Thanks:)

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We loved the experience at Olio. The food was delicious and the service was top notch. Will definitely come back.

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Susannah Anderson

It was a superb evening.
Loved it.

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Sam Cramer

Olio's has got to be my new favourite restaurant as everything about it was above and beyond my expectations. The service was prompt, friendly and welcoming, while the food and cocktails were spectacular and demonstrated master craftsmanship. Additionally, the restaurant itself has such a warm/ industrial feel to it, a really gorgeous atmosphere and is definitely worth every dollar we spent!
Big thank you's to everyone there for making it such a memorable experience!

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Alan Lee

Food was amazing! great flavours, pasta was made and cooked perfectly.

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Great Venue, Service was exceptional. Food was amazing! had a great night :)

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Great experience with amazing service. Food was really nice - stand out dish was the lemon tart for dessert. Would definitely recommend.

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Amazing food, exceptional service, great atmosphere.

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Dorian Maruda

The food was very nice, albeit the portions were smaller than expected.
The service was quite nice, with a wonderful waitress who made sure our evening went without a hitch.

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Pedro Marcos

First First table experience, but second time dining set Olio. Really happy to see the place quite busy on a weeknight, which it totally deserves. The calamari and swordfish were excellent. The head chef was walking the room that night, an obviously talented man and morover very smiley (I am sure a rare trait amongst head chefs). I can't get over how good the bread is at this place. I believe it's baked in house. Also sampled the two Sicilian white wines by the glass, they are both great. I just wished someone had fixed our table foot which was wobbly. I will certainly return to Olio!

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Jessica Malone

I had an incredible experience. The food was sensational and our waitress gave us a fabulous dining experience, was attentive and very pleasant. The quality of the food is outstanding and I will be coming back to dine again soon.
It was a special occasion for my brother passing all his final exams for uni and on the desert they put congratulations. It was so sweet and very caring.

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The food was delicious and staff were very attentive. The only issue was the waitress did not record the first course choices correctly and thought we were sharing oysters(which i don't like at all) and forgot to place my order for prawn ravioli. Upon rechecking, the missed entree eventually arrived and it was absolutely yummy. We had the whole baked fish in salt for main course at it was truly sumptuous. The whole spectacle of serving the fish itself was observed by all patrons and we were amazed at how tender the fish was this way. We thoroughly enjoyed the meal, just the little hiccup with ordering and it won't put us off attending again. 'Olio' is a must for those who love Italian food, just a suggestion - perhaps there could be more meat dishes (maybe as daily specials) as the mains are heavily weighted to seafood options?
we will definitely visit again.

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Excellent overall experience. Tasty food served with thought and care. Classy venue with equally professional staff. Thank you Olio for a great lunch! Will be back.

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The food is exceptional, as is the service, definitely going back

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Fabulous service from the moment we entered. It's lovely going to an Italian restaurant where they speak Italian. Had just picked up my daughter and fiancee from the airport and discovered they had started learning Italian. We each had a different wine and our waitress could describe each of them. The food and service was excellent. Great having olive oil on the table, just like they do in Italy. Only wished they had a better gluten free dessert.

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Joanne Green

Sensational experience at Olio. The menu was Italian with an emphasis on Sicilian regional fare which includes lots of seafood . We couldn’t fault the food or the service it’s a 5 star experience.

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Michael Vinall

Really great experience at Olio!

Went as a group of four and shared three starters (Burrata, Polipo & Arancini), two pastas (Raviolo Norma, Caserecci), two mains (Salt Baked Barramundi, Controfiletto Wagyu) and two desserts (Cannoli & Tiramisu).

Beautifully prepared dishes & everyone enjoyed the food immensely.

Service was friendly & professional: the salt-baked whole Barramundi served at the table was a highlight - the delicate flesh simply served with their signature blend olive oil was divine.

Only small negative was I tried to contact the restaurant via their online contact form & also via phone to confirm details of the booking but didn’t receive a reply or callback. Was able to clarify as soon as I arrived at the restaurant however.

Overall, would recommend without hesitation for the great food, smart but not stuffy decor & professional service! Just book it, you won’t regret it!

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Fantastic restaurant! Service is excellent and food was great... will definitely come back

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This was my first visit to Olio (and using First Table). I selected Olio Kensington Street for its favourable rating (#4), and it lived up to that expectation.
The venue is stylish and inviting.
The staff were knowledgeable and made recommendations to our preferences.
The food is beautifully presented and simply delicious.
The wine we selected wasn’t well chilled, and they told us that, and gave us options to wait until food arrived or choose another.

Loved the attention to all detail.
We had a lovely evening and enjoyed our experience at Olio Kensington Street.

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Ferdinand Widjaja

Olio Italian for Olive Oil.

Place:
Located in beautifully restored The Old Rum Store, serving Sicilian Cuisine in heart of Kensington Street Precinct.

Service:
waitress who look after my table, Jana ( sorry if I spell your name wrong), she is full of knowledge of what she is selling.
It’s a top class service!
Came just pass 18.00pm, service was attentive, however when it’s peak hour around 7.30 pm, I feel like the are short of staffs, since I only saw 3 girls running the food to cater almost full house customer.

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As a started:
Complimentary bread with nut mascarpone and compressed cucumber.

Garden lemonade ( house made ), taste so refreshing, garnished with mint and cucumber.
Olio Spirits also a very nice, although i like garden lemonade better.

As a starter I have:
Polipo:
spicy charred Fremantle octopus, lemon crushed potato salad, mint roasted capsicum and bottarga mayo.
Love how tender the octopus was, goes well together with potato and minted roasted capsicum.
I do like the bottarga mayo, but to my liking a little salty.

Burrata:
Fresh “vannella’ burrata cheese, beets confit, pickles& dried fruit and almond pesto.
This dish looks deceptively simple but deliver a very nice flavour.
Everything comes together and still the burrata is shining through as centre piece of the dish.

Next Course we have:

Tonnarelli
With homemade squid ink, QLD Spanner crab and spicy pork Nduja.
This egg pasta basically similar to spaghetti shape but in my observation just a little square shape.
Love the spiciness from the pork salami on the sauce that gives a profile background complimenting the squid ink and the spanner crab meat. It’s a tasty dish, for sure!

However,
The next dish, Ravioli, with scarlet prawns filling, black truffle and burrata sauce was a talking point.
Pasta perfectly cooked, the prawn and the black truffle was amazing combo and the sauce.... it was magical!
I’ll comeback just for the ravioli, I promise you guys!

Dessert:

Seasonal Fruit Granita, Brioche Gelato and poached nectarine looks amazing!
Brioche gelato is a unique flavour, unfortunately the nectarine were mushy, I think poached too long, and sourness from granita flavour just hit a your palette and give this sensational refreshing after taste.

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Mouse tart, milk ice cream and mulberries ... Oh.. my new favorite dessert.
Flavour combination was perfect! Not too sweet, and the milk ice cream was surprisingly good and the tart base was just soft and crumbly.

Also petite four for tonight was chocolate cake, it was light yet yummy!

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We had the most memorable dining experience at Olio last night. From the moment we were welcomed till the moment we were farewelled at the door. Service was very warm and friendly. We ordered staters, pastas, mains and side and dessert. Every dish was well presented and delicious. The timing in between courses was just right.

Booking on First table was easy. They even gave the Birthday celebrant a tiramisu cake with candle and song! And a small bottle of Olio olive oil to take home as souvenir.

The friendly chef himself came to say hello at our table and we had the chance to compliment him on his amazing culinary skills.

Would love to dine at Olio again!

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Good experience and value! Would recommend to anyone who hasn't tried Sicilian before.

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We enjoyed the food, cocktails and ambience on the night. The Olio branded olive oil for the bread was delightful and the food and presentation was lovely. The main thing I'd like to comment on about the food was that our mains of Wagyu sirloin and seafood stew (Zuppa) was quite salty.

Another thing is we couldn't use the First Table voucher for the chef's set menu but this wasn't stated in the conditions.

Overall the meal was delicious and we had a nice night but service could do with some improvement.

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Fabio Fontes

Olio restaurant provided great food combine with attentive staff. The ambience was pleasant and the entire experience was enjoyable.

The chef came to check on us which added an extra touch. We will be back.

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Lichee Grosvenor

We dined here for lunch on Saturday. The venue is lovely and has that industrial look to it. They were very large portions of food. We have an entree and main but couldn’t fit any dessert. The food was good but not stand out in my opinion. I would have been disappointed if we’d paid full price. I think full price is far too expensive for what I consider to be relatively straight forward Italian.

I would choose to come here again as there are so many other great places in Sydney.

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