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Reviewed 27 February 2022

I have been to Evil Genius a lot. The last time I visited I was shocked to observe the chef eating chips and chicken of the plates that he were being sent out to the customers. He did not even wash his hands. I could...not believe my eyes so kept on looking he must of done it a dozen times disgusting. My food was disgusting so hot I could not eat it took it home and threw it in the bin. The next day I complained they apologised and said they would send me a vocher. I am still waiting. Definately won’t be back sadlyMore

Date of visit: February 2022
Reviewed 8 August 2021

Every time I visit this little hidden gem, I kick myself for not going more often. It's a little out of the way for me now, but it's well worth the effort. Six friends joined me for snacks on a breezy Sunday afternoon, so rather...than enjoy the outdoor tables we cozied up inside. Started with the $10 cocktails (a choice of three, every Saturday from 3pm to 6pm) and loved the Mr. Pink one so much that I had a second. The food never disappoints, but regardless of whatever else I have, I always get a bowl of the Evil Fried Cauliflower. Never go past the EFC! Seven of us shared a bowl of fries with spicy mayo, two bowls of Evil Fried Chicken, two bowls of Evil Fried Cauliflower, and two plates of dumplings. YUM. Every dish is finger-licking good - yes, even the perfectly-cooked shoestring fries with that delicious mayo. All of this cost each of us under $18 (plus drinks), so very good value as well. I don't get around to Evil Genius as much as I'd like, but it's never let me down, and I highly recommend it for snacks with friends.More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 25 July 2021

Came here on the back of good food reviews. We drove past it first time. Small, offbeat, quirky and perfect for Saturday lunch. Food well cooked and came out a bowl at a time. Chap behind the bar was excellent and although flat out at...times did a remarkable job at keeping everyone watered. Food on the spicier side - but delicious. Hottest dish we had was the beef rendang - about a 7 out of 10 for heat. Really good chips, great chicken and good fried cauliflower. Decently priced as well for a big lunch with drinks.More

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed 13 July 2021

Came here for drinks and nibbles with friends. We had 6 at our table and we enjoyed our time here. I do however think that there were some aspects of our visit that could have been better, or need attention to, for this place to...be better. The service for starters needs improvement. We had to ask staff to come over to our table so that we could order. They said it was table service but we had to ‘pester’ them to order drinks and food. They never once came over to see if our drinks were okay or if we wanted more. And they never came over to check if our food was okay. The music was just a fraction too loud. You had to raise your voice quite a bit to speak over it, which was annoying, it was only 7pm! The cocktail list looked impressive. I had two and they were both really disappointing. Both in taste, and appearance. I will stick to wine next time there. The food was enjoyed by all immensely. Well done chefs. However the food smell lingered on us and we all the next day had to launder our entire outfit including jackets and scarfs as they smelt like fat from the kitchen. Quite a cool set up and welcoming décor. Speaking of welcoming, dogs are allowed inside! :) Lots of outdoor seating too if the weather is in your favour. We live close by and so will return in the future. Just hope that the staff can up their game just to complete the enjoyment of the experience there. You know, support your local…More

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed 25 June 2021

Horrendous service- staff literally watched us walk in, were doing absolutely nothing and made me wait while they leaned against the counter before “showing” us to my table (i was pointed in the direction). Had to wait another 15-20 before being served drinks (and no,...they were not busy), and food came out incorrect and exceptionally average. One poor bloke was running around and trying to serve everyone while the other staff did nothing. Dirty plates had to be asked to be cleared before desert. Not impressed, it was a birthday dinner, too. Will not be returning, customer service needs some real work.More

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed 20 September 2020 via mobile

We went to Evil Genius yesterday. We have been quite a few times before, and the food has always been good but yesterday it was very average. The Bao buns were not as good as normal. It was also freezing inside. Overall extremely disappointing.

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed 28 June 2020

I've been here twice with different groups of friends and we absolutely loved it. Evil Genius works best with at least 4 people, each person shares with the group what they ordered. The spice and flavours are phenomenal. The venue also has a beautiful outside...area for drinks with a view of the sea. Only comment would be it's a little squashy. Probably would pay to always reserve your table in advance to make sure you will all be seatedMore

Date of visit: May 2020
Reviewed 6 April 2020 via mobile

We’ve been here a number of times over the past year and it’s always been fantastic! The food, staff and atmosphere make it a wonderful place to dine

Date of visit: January 2020
Ambassador755353, Owner at Evil Genius Bar & Lair, responded to this reviewResponded 10 April 2020

Thank you Lisa we look forward to seeing you again soon

Reviewed 6 April 2020 via mobile

Fantastic quality food. Great location on the waterfront with a really good atmosphere. Staff are always super friendly and helpful. Been here a few times and always recommend to friends. And now the world.

Date of visit: February 2020
Ambassador755353, Owner at Evil Genius Bar & Lair, responded to this reviewResponded 10 April 2020

Thanks Alex for the great review. We hope to see you soon :)

Reviewed 26 August 2019

I decided to take my husband here for lunch for an early Fathers Day, we are both following a low sugar low carb way of eating, so a lot of menu checking always happens before we go out. The menu we were given was totally...different to what is on the website, I queried the waitress and she wasn't extremely helpful and said the internet must be wrong. We finally decided on the Deep Fried Chicken which was delicious but not exactly suitable for either of us. I then requested a decaf coffee and I was told they were out. We should have got up and walked out but im not into doing that plus our toddler was already being a pain. So water it was.More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Evil Genius Bar & Lair is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4.5