Freelance writer based in Sydney's heart, event enthusiast and founder/editor of growing sports syndicate 'Injury Time' www.injurytime.net.
Published October 19th 2011
Located in the heart of Broadway, the creatively named 'Broadway Lounge' operates as a relaxed café/bistro during the day and transforms into a restaurant and bar at night.
A great place if you just want to relax with some mates, especially during the later hours, with the dimmed lighting, disco ball and national flags across the ceiling adding a nice touch to the overall feel.
However, when targeting students you run the risk of hungry mouths expecting a good feed for a pretty cheap price. With a myriad of decent establishments on Broadway, this is where the Lounge misses out.
As a student myself, I've been there a few times with friends, but often convince myself to give food a miss just because of price. They reel you in with their $10 grilled chicken, fish or steak with chips. Sounds great at the start and even I'll concede that is a pretty good deal. But, that's when they screw you over. The catch is you have to buy a drink with it, whether it's a soft drink, alcohol or even water.
So that meal now goes from a fair priced $10 to $14 (and that's the cheapest price, it goes to about $18 if you want alcohol). Some of you may be thinking, 'how cheap are you Gordon?', and I'll admit the meal and food in general at Broadway Lounge is pretty good, but when it comes to value for money – this isn't the place to go.
Another thing uni kids love is a quiet drink. The price is again a little steep ($8 for a vodka coke, $16 for cocktails) and I've lost count of the number of times they overdose on spirits.
With so many other restaurants, bars and cafés to choose from, your laziness to walk to a better place is probably the only reason you might stop at Broadway Lounge. Food – 7/10
Drink – 4/10
Price – 4/10
Staff – 6.5/10
Atmosphere – 7/10