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Burma Lane

Melbourne CBD

ian dined on Fri, 5th Oct 2018 (9)

Loved the food, staff friendly and very helpful.

The Duke

Melbourne CBD

ian dined on Wed, 3rd Oct 2018 (8)

First visit , nice vibe, good range beers and wines, good food. Will return again.

The French Brasserie

Melbourne CBD

ian dined on Wed, 12th Sep 2018 (9)

Love eating here, great food, good range wines, very friendly staff

EZARD

Melbourne CBD

ian dined on Mon, 10th Sep 2018 (10)

Definitely the best food we have had in Melb, great dining experience

Criniti's Southbank

Southbank

ian dined on Sat, 8th Sep 2018 (8)

Pizza always good, tried the stuffed mushrooms and popcorn prawns. Both delicious and generous serves

Bistro Guillaume Melbourne

Southbank

ian dined on Thu, 6th Sep 2018 (7)

Charcuterie plate and the smoked salmon were excellent. Loved the beef ribs, full of flavour and very tender. Mixed green veg disappointed, astringent in flavour and a little gritty. Did not like the smoked ham hock with veloute sauce and puy lentils, served as a thick soup and lacking in flavour. Restaurant staff offered alternatives to the ham hock and did not charge for dish.

Clarendon Hotel Melbourne

South Melbourne

ian dined on Mon, 3rd Sep 2018 (9)

Loved Asian menu, food excellent. Great range beers and wines. Will become a local favourite.

Asado

Southbank

ian dined on Sun, 2nd Sep 2018 (7)

Loved ceviche and the potatoes. Torta very salty and a little sloppy. Serrano ham had a lot of fat on it, taste not as good as I have had previously in Aust or Spain. Chicken very well cooked but lacked the flavour of Palermo. Wines as always excellent.

P.J. O'Brien's Irish Pub

Southbank

ian dined on Thu, 30th Aug 2018 (8)

Beef and Guinness pie excellent, moist and full of flavour. Brisket was huge, tender and lovely flavour. Disappointment was the cold veg. Pie and brisket were piping hot , veg well cooked but just not hot.

Transport Bar Platform

Melbourne CBD

ian dined on Thu, 16th Aug 2018 (8)

Staff were excellent, loved the food, great location

Vamos

Melbourne CBD

ian dined on Tue, 14th Aug 2018 (10)

Great night, food excellent, live band very good, nice vibe to the place and staff could not have been friendlier.

Downstairs Bistro & Lounge

Southbank

ian dined on Sun, 12th Aug 2018 (7)

Had the Sunday roast. Chicken breast moist and generous, well cooked. Loved the gravy, loved the extra roast veg like capsicum, zucchini, eggplant. One of the few restaurants around Southbank to serve proper roast potatoes. Fennel was hard and undercooked, not soft and sweet as expected. Real disappointment was many of the veg ranged from warm to cold (broccoli):

Palermo

Melbourne CBD

ian dined on Thu, 9th Aug 2018 (10)

Ceviche kingfish sensational. Tried the chicken after having steak on previous occasions, simply brilliant. Potatoes and broccoli were very good. One of our favourite restaurants in Melb B.

Ena Greek Street Food

Southbank

ian dined on Tue, 7th Aug 2018 (9)

Grilled calamari looked and tasted amazing. Shared a souvlaki plate, meats excellent and Greek salad / bread delicious. Staff who served us were friendly and very engaged in ensuring we had a great night. One of the reasons we visit regularly.

BearBrass

Southbank

ian dined on Wed, 25th Jul 2018 (7)

Pizza and drink wednesday, very happy with both.

P.J. O'Brien's Irish Pub

Southbank

ian dined on Sat, 21st Jul 2018 (8)

Saturday night, very noisy and very busy. Staff did a great job. Calamari and chicken wing starter excellent. Beef and Guinness pie, brisket and crumbed mushrooms also excellent. Very good night.

La Camera Southgate

Southbank

ian dined on Thu, 19th Jul 2018 (7)

Veal was excellent though found close to the bistro blinds a little cold with wind .

The French Brasserie

Melbourne CBD

ian dined on Wed, 18th Jul 2018 (9)

Chicken liver parfait was exceptional, as was the beef special.

Hophaus

Southbank

ian dined on Tue, 17th Jul 2018 (7)

Wiener snitzel was sensational, as were fat chips. Pork knuckle not as good, found the five spice clashed with saukraut.

Ludlow Bar & Dining Room

Southbank

ian dined on Fri, 13th Jul 2018 (8)

Enjoyed the pasta and the side of potatoes. Calamari one of the best on Southbank.

The French Brasserie

Melbourne CBD

ian dined on Wed, 11th Jul 2018 (9)

Had the charcuterie plate to share, excellent with a glass of Malbec. Also had the Wednesday beef special with a side of peas and bacon, absolutely superb and great value for $30 with a glass of wine.

San Telmo

Melbourne CBD

ian dined on Mon, 25th Jun 2018 (7)

Ceviche excellent, roasted sweet potato delicious, disappointed with pork jewel, have had it here 4 times, raved about it. This occasion very fatty and not appetising.

P.J. O'Brien's Irish Pub

Southbank

ian dined on Sun, 24th Jun 2018 (8)

Roast was excellent but Irish sausages underwhelmed. Red cabbage unbalanced the meal, green veg would have been a nice option.

Criniti's Southbank

Southbank

ian dined on Sat, 23rd Jun 2018 (8)

Buffalo wings excellent as was the Robert Oakley GSM red wine. Pizza not cheap but the best around Southbank

Pastuso

Melbourne CBD

ian dined on Tue, 5th Jun 2018 (9)

Had the $70 chefs selection. Marlin ceviche, chicken street food and the blackened chicken stand outs. Also loved the kale and the corn cake. Great night. Way too much food, and struggled with the two deserts.

Ercolano

Patterson Lakes

ian dined on Tue, 29th May 2018 (9)

Great lunch, loved the lasagne, pork belly and stuffed chicken brilliant. Highly recommend.

P.J. O'Brien's Irish Pub

Southbank

ian dined on Mon, 28th May 2018 (8)

Beef and Guinness pie was very good, really enjoyed veg and mash over chips and salad that many pubs serve. Chicken goujons had a really nice peppery flavour. Last 6 weeks have eaten here 5 times, never had a meal were we not happy with.

Sarti

Melbourne CBD

ian dined on Thu, 24th May 2018 (9)

Cured meat plate with the fried pizza dough was excellent. Duck cannelloni in the mushroom broth exceptional. Very extensive wine list, both local and Italian.

Chloe's Dining Room - 1st Floor at Young & Jacksons

Melbourne CBD

ian dined on Sat, 12th May 2018 (8)

Mussel entree was excellent, though not so keen on the garlic purée on bread served with it. Gnocchi with mushrooms and truffle very good as was the pork belly. Busy night and staff struggled with service at times during the night.

Vamos

Melbourne CBD

ian dined on Thu, 3rd May 2018 (8)

New menu, loved the tacos and brisket

Palermo

Melbourne CBD

ian dined on Tue, 17th Apr 2018 (9)

Went to the Argentinian Malbec tasting and stayed for dinner, loved the crevice, pork belly excellent, Palermo has become a reliable favourite to eat at in Melb.

P.J. O'Brien's Irish Pub

Southbank

ian dined on Sun, 15th Apr 2018 (8)

$20/pot and pie night Monday, mountain goat steam ale and chicken mushroom pie in thick white wine sauce with herbed potato topping was excellent.

Gingerboy

Melbourne CBD

ian dined on Fri, 13th Apr 2018 (8)

Noisy Sat night, sat at the bar upstairs, was lots of fun. Food arrived quickly and was excellent.

Palermo

Melbourne CBD

ian dined on Wed, 11th Apr 2018 (9)

Had the four course lunch, excellent. Great way to try a variety of dishes. Palagonian pilsner is excellent, Argentinian Malbecs superb.

Criniti's Southbank

Southbank

ian dined on Tue, 10th Apr 2018 (8)

Some of the best pizza in Melb, beers and wines excellent. Always a great casual night

Vamos

Melbourne CBD

ian dined on Sat, 7th Apr 2018 (9)

Great night, loved the tapas

Vamos

Melbourne CBD

ian dined on Wed, 21st Mar 2018 (9)

Very friendly staff, loved tapas style menu

Punch Lane

Melbourne CBD

ian dined on Tue, 20th Mar 2018 (8)

Charcuterie plate one of the best in Melbourne. Trout and quail entrees excellent. Menu is a little limited, unlike the choice of wines. Staff friendly and very helpful.

Bistro Gitan

South Yarra

ian dined on Mon, 5th Mar 2018 (6)

Loved the snails in garlic butter, split on the cheese soufflé. Wife enjoyed it, I thought it was small and heavy. Steak was ok, chicken ok, enjoyed the salad . Given the price, had expected more wow factor rather then an ok meal

Vamos

Melbourne CBD

ian dined on Sat, 3rd Mar 2018 (9)

Shared three course per person tapas -$35. Salmon, scallops, cerviche and chicken skewers were fabulous, well cooked, moist and full of flavour. Spanish potatoes were excellent and broccoli very good. Great food and a very good wines. Will return

La Camera Southgate

Southbank

ian dined on Thu, 1st Mar 2018 (7)

Disappointed with cottaletta veal, very small serve and not as thin as I had expected. Rest of the food at table good.

Criniti's Southbank

Southbank

ian dined on Fri, 9th Feb 2018 (8)

Love the pizzas, draught beer and wines.

Taxi Kitchen

Melbourne CBD

ian dined on Thu, 1st Feb 2018 (8)

Great night, staff excellent and really made an effort. Good food, good wines

Pastuso

Melbourne CBD

ian dined on Tue, 30th Jan 2018 (8)

Great night with friends, food excellent, wine very good.

Palermo

Melbourne CBD

ian dined on Fri, 26th Jan 2018 (8)

Very nice night, great food, good wines. Loved the restaurant.

La Camera Southgate

Southbank

ian dined on Sun, 31st Dec 2017 (8)

Great night, staff very good despite being very busy. Starters and mains arrived minutes apart, starters excellent.

The Quarter Cafe

Melbourne CBD

ian dined on Wed, 27th Dec 2017 (8)

Sautéed vegetables, calamari and sticky chicken wings all excellent.

Bohemian Wine Bar

South Wharf

ian dined on Sat, 23rd Dec 2017 (8)

Tried tapas share plate and added deep fried potatoes. Three types Portuguese skewers were excellent, each different but full flavour. Potatoes were amazing.

Allegro

Melbourne CBD

ian dined on Thu, 21st Dec 2017 (9)

Great night, had the pre theatre menu with three shared entrees and three shared mains plus glass bubbles. Really enjoyed it, b it a large meal.

Ludlow Bar & Dining Room

Southbank

ian dined on Sat, 28th Oct 2017 (8)

Lovely night, dining tends to be outside but a great venue for warmer weather. Food always excellent

The Quarter Cafe

Melbourne CBD

ian dined on Thu, 26th Oct 2017 (7)

Sautéed vegetables always great

La Camera Southgate

Southbank

ian dined on Mon, 2nd Oct 2017 (6)

Went on a Monday night that coincided with community evening - while we often go to the opera nights, just wanted a meal and early night. Sat on the balcony - very noisy and cool. Food came quickly, enjoyed the antipasta plate, pasta was Ok.

San Telmo

Melbourne CBD

ian dined on Tue, 26th Sep 2017 (10)

Lamb rump excellent, loved snapper ceviche. Sat at the bench looking into food prep and BBQ area, great interaction with wait staff. Lovely night.

Ena Greek Street Food

Southbank

ian dined on Thu, 21st Sep 2017 (8)

Souvlaki was very good, tatziki was amazing. Calamari mains was also very good. Salads served with both dishes very fresh. One of the nicest Greek restaurants in Melb we have tried

Hophaus

Southbank

ian dined on Wed, 20th Sep 2017 (7)

Easy night out close to home. Had the pork knuckle which was huge, saukraut was excellent with a nice balance sweet /vinegar. Beef from the BBQ was excellent, but very small and without any sides.

Pastuso

Melbourne CBD

ian dined on Thu, 31st Aug 2017 (9)

Great night. Ceviche was excellent. BBQ meats excellent. Loved th wines and the Peruvian pilsner.

Taxi Kitchen

Melbourne CBD

ian dined on Fri, 11th Aug 2017 (9)

Food was excellent

Platform 270

Melbourne CBD

ian dined on Wed, 26th Jul 2017 (8)

Service a little slow on arrival, really impressed with how the waitress resolved an issue with mussels being excessively salty. All other meals we tried were excellent. Will try again

Bohemian Wine Bar

South Wharf

ian dined on Tue, 25th Jul 2017 (10)

Staff were fantastic, charcuterie plate was excellent, loved the deep fried broccollini. Range of wine /beer complimented a lazy mid week lunch.

Vamos

Melbourne CBD

ian dined on Sun, 23rd Jul 2017 (9)

Loved the tapas, found the serves larger then expected.

Desi Dhaba

Melbourne CBD

ian dined on Sat, 22nd Jul 2017 (7)

Curries are fantastic, garlic naan and roti were not of the same standard

Desi Dhaba

Melbourne CBD

ian dined on Fri, 7th Jul 2017 (10)

Great night, shared a banquet, loads of food. Best indian eaten in a long time and staff / owners were very responsive and friendly.

Criniti's Southbank

Southbank

ian dined on Thu, 6th Jul 2017 (7)

Beer and pizza night, great pizzas, love peroni and the Robert Oakley red wine range is excellent

San Telmo

Melbourne CBD

ian dined on Wed, 5th Jul 2017 (9)

Loved the Argentinian wines ( malbec and cab sav blend). Pork jowl and deep fried broccoli were stand outs but every dish was superb.

Left Bank Melbourne

Southbank

ian dined on Sat, 1st Jul 2017 (4)

Disappointing night, seated at the far end of the dining area ( outside of heater and staff range). Freezing with the breeze blowing over the glass partition. After 30 mins went and asked staff if we could order a drink. Food arrived quickly and was very good, but became very cold, very quickly. Would not try again in winter, but will give it a go later in the year.

The French Brasserie

Melbourne CBD

ian dined on Sat, 24th Jun 2017 (9)

Food sensational, lamb was excellent. The mix of items on the plate with the lamb was perfectly matched. Kept us huessing what the flavours were but a stunning dish

Bistro Guillaume Melbourne

Southbank

ian dined on Thu, 8th Jun 2017 (7)

Issue with roasted chicken, thigh piece was pink and gelatinous around the bone. Other pieces were cooked perfectly. Mentioned to waiter who assured us that this is how the restaurant cooks chicken - not at all professional.

The Quarter Cafe

Melbourne CBD

ian dined on Sat, 3rd Jun 2017 (8)

Food is excellent, prices reasonable, cafe location in De Graves Lane, sauted vegetables was excellent as are chicken wings. Have eaten here twice and consistent and very tasty food.

San Telmo

Melbourne CBD

ian dined on Thu, 1st Jun 2017 (9)

Loved the food - pork jowl was a surprise but wow. Hanger steak and cured meat plate both excellent. Argentinian Malbec was sensational. Not cheap but what a great meal.

Punch Lane

Melbourne CBD

ian dined on Tue, 30th May 2017 (8)

Love the food and venue, would like to see a new menu to add a little variety.

Fatto

Melbourne CBD

ian dined on Mon, 29th May 2017 (5)

Had expected ala carte menu - advised on arrival option was bar menu if we gave up table or two course fixed menu for pre theatre. Would have been nice if advised in advance.

Taxi Kitchen

Melbourne CBD

ian dined on Mon, 15th May 2017 (9)

Great night, really enjoyed the food and the overall experience

Desi Dhaba

Melbourne CBD

ian dined on Fri, 12th May 2017 (9)

Great indian food. After reading many reviews that were good and bad, not quite sure what to expect. Best indian food I have had since working in India in 1988. Staff were brilliant, service quick and majority of customers were Indian families, groups or business men. Will become a local favourite.

Tutto Bene

Melbourne CBD

ian dined on Fri, 28th Apr 2017 (7)

Charcutterie plate was excellent. Had the lasagne - disappointed, meat sauce overwhelmed the pasta, too much sauce and bechamel was excessive for two sheets pasta. Mushroom gnocchi also excellent. Great coffee.

Tutto Bene

Melbourne CBD

ian dined on Sun, 9th Apr 2017 (9)

Stunning lunch as part of MFWF - two course meal with wine sensational.

Taxi Kitchen

Melbourne CBD

ian dined on Fri, 7th Apr 2017 (10)

MFWF lunch, meal and wines stunning

Red Spice Road

Melbourne CBD

ian dined on Tue, 28th Mar 2017 (1)

Great entree, terrible mains. Rice gluggy. Served the wrong wine, then had an argument with the waiter who insisted that it was custom in asia was to use the same bowl for mains and entree ( not a custom in 6 countries in asia over 12 years i lived there) or when a bowl is full of a sweet chilli sauce and you are waiting for soft shell crab. Pity as the venue is exceptional.

Downstairs Bistro & Lounge

Southbank

ian dined on Thu, 9th Mar 2017 (7)

Quiet night, not impressed with caesar salad dressing - lacked flavour, more like a mayonaisse.

Punch Lane

Melbourne CBD

ian dined on Wed, 15th Feb 2017 (9)

Smallish menu but a great dining experience. Service was excellent and friendly without being intrusive, Great wine list. Food was superb.

Taxi Kitchen

Melbourne CBD

ian dined on Fri, 27th Jan 2017 (8)

Stunning food, great wine. Only negative was low sun on end tables (north) whee there are no blinds.

Miyako Japanese Cuisine & Teppanyaki

Southbank

ian dined on Mon, 23rd Jan 2017 (8)

Very enjoyable night, food excellent - tried 5 different starters and a mixed tempura. Loved every course though the beef was a stand out.

Akachochin

Southbank

ian dined on Mon, 19th Dec 2016 (3)

Food was ok but portions very small. Service slow despite very few in restaurant.

Punch Lane

Melbourne CBD

ian dined on Tue, 29th Nov 2016 (9)

Loved the food and the very extensive choice of wines

Portello Rosso

Melbourne CBD

ian dined on Fri, 9th May 2014 (8)

Had the 9 course tapas chef's recommendation. Excellent, though the tortia was average. Also had a Spanish tempranilla wine - very nice. Good atmosphere and very good service.

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