A new gem of a restaurant has opened in the heart of Hornsby. Infuzions, self described as an attempt to refresh what we think of as modern Thai dining, is my new favourite restaurant, and I'm the pickiest eater I know.
My favourite dish there is the prawn pad see ew, which comes in at a budget $17.50. I love prawns but usually have to forego them as they're out of my budget range. Infuzions in Hornsby makes an affordable and delectable portion. I can't even finish it on my own, and often end up sharing it with a friend for dinner or taking it home (leftovers make the best lunch for the next day). Lunch orders are about $10 per person per main, whereas dinner ranges from $20-40 as a result of a much more varied menu. The quality and taste of the food makes every cent spent worth it, though.
[ADVERT]The atmosphere is wonderful. I haven't been to the Cammeray restaurant, but the Hornsby one opened very recently, so it's very modern and stylish. The dinner service is great, you only have to think about your water being refilled or your order being taken before a staff member appears out of thin air beside you like a magician. The first time I went there, my dinner companions and I ended up musing aloud whether Infuzions' secret was the discovery of telepathy.
However, I wouldn't recommend going there for lunch. Firstly, because the lunch menu is limited even though it is even more affordable than the reasonably priced dinner menu, but mostly because the lunch service is awful. I recommended Infuzions Hornsby very highly to some my friends and we finally had some free time to go when the girlfriend of one of them returned from overseas. But we went for lunch to celebrate her homecoming and it was really disappointing, and embarrassing for me after I praised the place to her so much.
All of the issues came down to under staffing, though: our order was taken a long time after we sat down, we couldn't hail a waiter to refill our drinks, and my order of my favourite prawn pad see ew was stuffed up twice - first, they gave me the chilli version, and I avoid spicy food, which was especially important that day as I had recently had throat surgery, and when they replaced the meal they gave me tofu pad see ew, and I loathe tofu.
But despite the lunch misadventure, Infuzions remains my favourite place to dine. I have taken several friends there for dinner since the lunch debacle, and the restaurant righted themselves by providing the usual high standard of service. A friend who very rarely dines out found the experience an exceptional introduction to eating out, and was impressed with the amount of detail that goes into the restaurant, as they noticed that even the ceiling was well-decorated.
Ceiling pattern detail at Hornsby Infuzions.
Another reason I adore this restaurant is that the majority of their dishes are suitable for someone on a gluten free diet, like me. I'm unable to eat gluten or dairy, stringently avoid spicy foods, and am a picky eater, and yet am not pressed for choice at Infuzions the way I have been at many restaurants in the past. It's very refreshing. Many of my friends have similar restrictions, allergies or dislikes to me, and some have even more strict diets, and have found their visits to Infuzions don't leave them dissatisfied with the choices offered to them, and hungry as only entree options are acceptable to them, the way some of their restaurant experiences have resulted in the past.
Overall, I strongly recommend this restaurant to both seasoned foodies and those who rarely dine out. If you're going to go out one night a month, going to Infuzions for dinner would be the best way to spend it.
I haven't tried their dinner service but agreed with your comment regarding their lunch service being very disappointing! I had a birthday lunch there recently for a table of 8, there were waiters walking around, but not serving the customers. I had to walk up the counter to order drinks, food etc.. It's a shame because the food was delicious. Not motivated to go back there for lunch though due to the poor service.