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Just been once today 23 august 2014 but i can already tell it is the best place to enjoy a real dancefloor atmosphere with good music (not the commercial stuff that goes on in Kundu) with cool people. Eager to come back.

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Pretty mediocre burgers accompanied by completely overcooked 'fries'/chips. Drafty, a bit smelly, and infested with mosquitos and noisy teenagers. Soup not bad but nothing special. Nothing French about the decor or atmosphere (there isn't any outdoor seating). Haven't tried the coffee. I hope it will close and be replaced by a decent bar or restaurant. A burger bar with the Moondog chef in the kitchen would be perfect, and with Brooklyn just a few metres away way would make a great little foreign food and drink scene!

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Update: the prices I mentioned earlier are no longer correct, they have gone up slightly. A whopper is now 21RMB and a regular whopper meal is 33RMB. The chicken burger meal also costs more now.

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Not bad. Pizza base was a little thick for my taste. Great selection of craft beers in the fridge, a few beers on tap, and well priced mixed drinks and cocktails. Staff were pleasant. A 14" pizza is the perfect size for two people, and very reasonably priced at 45-70RMB. Beware that the English menu, whilst written in perfect English, is not necessarily accurate. I ordered the 'local one' pizza expecting pepperoni and mango but got neither. The waitress explained that was a mistake on the menu. Would be nice if the menu corresponded with what you get on the plate! Hopefully this will get sorted.

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Steak (150RMB) was the real deal, although not rare as we asked for it. Flank steak is very good value at 86RMB(?) (and nicely pink). Service wasn't up to western standards (food/drinks came at different times) but we ain't in the west, and they were trying their best. Eggplant dish was a bit puny. Chinese lamb stir fry was a little too sugary for our taste. Some nice refreshing Aussie beers and some decent wine. Owner seems like a nice guy. I'll be going back to try their breakfast and maybe the lamb stew (not at the same time)!

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The bangers and mash I had there were excellent - proper sausages like you might get in Britain/Ireland. Breakfast was very plentiful, although they totally ballsed up the order they were very apologetic about it which makes a big difference. The orange juice is fresh and the real deal - makes for a nice breakfast or screwdriver.

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Update:

It's now 5 working days for regular processing. So I submitted my application a bit before 5pm on a Friday and was told to pick it up next week Friday after 5pm.

Cost is now 400rmb for a single 30 day entry. Or that was what I was charged anyways. There are no posted prices and its cash only with no receipt except for your passport pickup. That's like $65 USD.

You can pay another 150rmb for 2 day or 100rmb for 3 day processing. For 400rmb, they should process it in three days like they used to before, but now you'd pay 500rmb. The office is still like deserted most of the time, so why does it take longer now and cost extra. If you opted for 2 day, thats like $90 usd. All other neighboring countries charge like $25usd.

The rest of and cope review is still good for hours and location.

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Yeah as per other reviews. Expensive, very unfriendly staff and I was followed like I was a cat burglar. Some nice books but I wouldnt be bothered with the place myself.

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Fantastic little clothing boutique with a wonderful owner.

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Do they have an online menu? That would be something.