Permanently Closed - Forty Licks

4.4
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24 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Vietnamese

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This restaurant is permanently closed. Contemporary Vietnamese bar and restaurant. Justin North of Concept Hospitality, restaurateur Tony Mowad and the Forty Licks team have created a menu showcasing traditional Vietnamese dishes rich in flavour and textures, and adding a modern flair of French cooking techniques. The menu is designed to be shared with dishes including Canh chua hải sản (hot and sour seafood soup, ocean jacket cheeks, scallop and king prawn, tomato and tamarind dumplings) and Xúc xích Lào xôi chiên (Lao spicy pork sausage, 40’s fermented chilli and fried sticky rice). Award winning Sydney-based bartender, Kurtis Bosley has created an eclectic cocktail list that play on the Forty Licks’ theme, and Vietnamese ingredients such as Sesamum made up of Bacardi Carta Blanca, pandan syrup, lime and cucumber. The wine list features a collection of some of Australia’s best biodynamic wines along with international favourites.
What 24 People Are SayingWrite a review
Overall ratings and reviews
4.4based on all time ratings
4.5
Food
4.5
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.2
Value
Noise · Moderate
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SarahS
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience5

Poor for vegetarian and when asked what could be adjusted for vegetarian “nothing” was the answer

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kevint
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

first time at Forty licks , the service was top notch and food and drinks were awesome we will be back

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Anonymous
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I will definitely be returning to Forty Licks in the near future! The stand out was the wagyu beef and the pork belly salad. Great place for a date night OR with a large group of friends. Great Vietnamese food and amazing cocktails. Go check it out yourself, you won't regret it!

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OpenTable Diner
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent and innovative Vietnamese food with fabulous service, groovy ambiance. To the staff thank you for a wonderful dinning experience.

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AngelaH
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Food was delicious, wait staff attentive - great night out

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JulieH
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

The starter plates were good, tasty, and came out in frantic succession- too quickly. We waited a long time for the mains, and when they came they were small and less flavorful that the starters, very pedestrian (the chicken dish was smashed into small pieces and full of broken bones).

We took the wait staff advice on quantity of food and it was insufficient- we were hungry at the end.

The wait staff kept banging my chair and we’re kind of clumsy around us.

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ColleenP
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best food I’ve had in ages. Great vibe. Great service. Highly recommended!

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CherylC
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

excellent place for food , drinks and ambiance
Definitely recommend please visit

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AndreaP
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing!!! Definitely going back. Cocktails were delicious and the food was fantastic.

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Tracy
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Service was awesome. Food is great too. Way too much noise but nybe because it was a Friday night.

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Outstanding
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic food and atmosphere! Loved the recommendations from our waitress. Food great value, wine list a little $$ but this balances out overall. Can't wait to head back!

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KathrynF
Melbourne / VIC
4 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great food and atmosphere. Will definitely return.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What a wonderful experience we had. The food was just divine! Exceptional. Bursting with flavour. We had to go back and order more. The staff were beautiful. So attentive and thoughtful. They made us feel important even though we were just normal people. We had the owner serving us and giving us individual attention. We definitely will be back and I have already recommended them to multiple people. I drive Uber for a side job and I’ve been raving about this new restaurant people must try. Thank you.

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tgam
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We arrived early for drinks and some food before so there were only a few people there. Service from the four different staff we dealt with was first rate. They were friendly and helpful and made great recommendations about the food combinations. We sat at a regular table so noise levels were fine but I would imagine if you were more toward the bar it could get a little loud. The wine list had some interesting choices which is great (I always like to try different wines) along with some regular safe options. Only a handful of gins to choose from which my wife found a bit limiting but that is a small grumble only.

We will definitely go back.

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KristineU
Sydney / NSW
9 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Very cool looking surroundings and some decidedly tasty fare. Comfy seating which is always a bonus. Loved the tapioca dessert.

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RuthW
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great night efficient but not rushed .. look forward to going again

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

This was a surprise. We went on a review in SMH and were not disappointed. Food tasty and plentiful, service friendly and helpful, cost per head reasonable. Would recommend and return.

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Ernesto
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great ambience, terrific food, friendly service

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EvaH
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food & service was amazing!! Will be definitely recommending this restaurant!!

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zoeh
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall4Food4Service2Ambience4

Great food, and cocktails.
Wait staff require a bit more training/experience.
but great restaurant I would highly recommend

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SimoneA
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall3Food5Service3Ambience4

I know the place is new, but the staff are a little disorganised. And they don't explain the menu very well. So what I thought I was getting and what I got were two different things. What I got tasted great, though, it just wasn't what I was expecting.

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NorikoB
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great modern Vietnamese restaurant. Loved crispy pancake with succulent prawns. It was very memorable. I will definitely return to try other dishes.

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AlumYogi
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service was impeccable. Food very tasty and creative. We will be back very soon.

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vipLCSydney
Sydney / NSW
31 reviews
Dined on 21 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This new venue is fantastic! Sleek interiors, excellent service and delicious food! Must try the dumplings and prawn pancake! We also had the tender wagyu beef! Highly recommend!

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Permanently Closed - Forty Licks is rated 4.4 stars by 24 OpenTable diners.