Calma has a great ambience and feels clean and tranquil. Organised reception and wonderful 1.5 hour treatment side-by-side for my daughter and I, followed by my favourite pink champagne and chocolates. Candles, relaxing music, gorgeous treatment - couldn't ask for more and very happy with the experience. Thanks Calma!
Great gastro pub in Hawthorn. The front bar has a good atmoshphere, with a few comfy Churchill couches around around low tables in the midle, and some higher tables with bar stools around the perimeter. A couple of TVs are usually playing some sport. There is a good range of beers on tap. The licensed restaurant has a bistro feel to it, but the food is top notch. It can get quite loud on busy nights. Solid wine list. Sometimes it can be nice to eat the food in the front bar for a different atmosphere.
This modern Australian wine bar & bistro located in Hawthorn is sure to impress. With a varied menu including gourmet pizzas, pastas, steaks and salads, it's easy to forget that the establishment used to be known as the 'beehive', a rather grungy looking pub. The food is extremely tasty and the servings ample. I had the braised beef gnocchi and was blown away by how tasty the meat was - melt in your mouth type stuff. The table service is impeccable: napkins folded on your lap, water topped up consistently throughout the evening. We were there for a birthday and someone brought cupcakes. Word of warning: be sure to call ahead if you plan to bring cupcakes or you will be charged 'cupcakeage' at $3.50 pp. Prices are reasonable to expensive with the average steak priced at $35. Pastas around $22 - $26 and Pizzas, a reasonable $18. Definitely worth checking out.
WoW!!! GREAT SERVICE!! MY WAITER XRISTOS WAS REALLY HELPFUL!! I HAD A PIZZA AND BOY O BOY WOW WHAT A PIZZA IT WAS REALLY GOOD AND SUPPER DELISHOUS. THE OWNER EAS A GREAT BLOKE TO HE VERY GENTLE AND KIND. I JUST HOPE HE CAN FIND HIS DOG SOON!!! 5 STARS!!!
Quick, laid back, friendly service in this small Italian cafe. Pasta vongole, the special of the day was beautiful, pomodoro pizza and Eggs Benedict with ham were also great. Coffee was excellent, especially the latte. None of the food was too heavy, all are lovely light and fresh. Very good value for money. Definitely coming back. Cash only.
Authentic Japanese food. Japanese owner/chef handles food preparation and cooking. Friendly service, excellent food. Moderately priced around $14 for the bento box. There are lunch and dinner menus. Lunch set, daily specials, rice and mini don are available but no noodles. Home made ice creams are beautiful. Bento box is a popular choice. The place is small, only seats about 15. It is better to make a booking for dinner time especially on Friday/Saturday. Cash only.
The Courtyard Cafe is a great little place to drop in for lunch or afternoon tea. Surrounded by historic features the cafe is warm and inviting and boasts a friendly staff. Great menu offering a lovely devonshire tea, cakes and tea items or a selection of lunch items such as the popular fishermans basket and sandwiches. Situated down a little laneway you can enjoy your meal in the sunshine away from the busy main road. Plenty of seating area, easy access and fairly reasonable prices.
I had a berry muffin and a chino. Really delicious. These people seem like a family business. They were super friendly. Next time i have to try their seafood basket. Cause it looked fantastic as they walked passed me.
If you need/want 5 start coffee then "The League of Honest Coffee" is the place for I've been a customer for quite some time now and every day there coffee keeps getting better and better, friendly environment , extraordinary staff and of course great! tasting coffee especially the breakfast. The League of Honest Coffee you'll be seeing me every day before i go work. Beautiful.
I was recommended this cafe from a barista friend from Sydney and loved the feel of the cafe immediately. I only stopped in for a quick takeaway coffee in the morning enroute to a meeting. The cafe was super busy and I wasn't quite sure where to place my order but a really friendly staff member waved me over.
She was extremely lovely and her love for her job seemed to rub off. I also ordered a croissant, mistaking her offer for me to sit my bag on the counter as a gesture to consider the pastries on offer.
It was about a 5-10 minute wait for my coffee (there were lots of people) and I managed to scoff down the croissant while waiting.
So I didn't get the most imaginative coffee (ordered a flat white), but wasn't blown away by the coffee or croissant. (I compare all coffee to Single Origin Roasters in Sydney.)
I'd definitely go back when I'm back in Melbourne for a proper sit down breakfast as I love the feel of the cafe.
This is a fantastic bar with an oriental theme that's a bit overused, but it works. Although very easy to miss as the bar is located downstairs and hidden in between the busy restaurants on hardware lane, once down here, it's difficult to leave. The dark atmosphere and closed off tables provide a great place for groups of friends to share some social drinks. They have a wide range of cocktails, and if cocktails are not your thing, the bar staff definitely know their drinks and can easily make a recommendation for you. I've been a number of times and would continue to come back. Recommended.
I love the oriental inspired decor of this place. They have a few different sections that are partitioned which means it's a good spot good for hosting intimate drinks with a couple of girlfriends or larger functions. If you're a fan of rum, then you should definitely come here. They have an extensive rum list.
A cosy nook filled with tapas-inspired food and wine. Come early to secure a window seat in this tiny place and hear locals debate which tapas bar is the best. The food is Mediterranean-inspired with lots of tasty dishes, best shared among friends with a glass of wine. There's a great wine list with some exotic offerings.
Great Latin America inspired place with cosy decor! The mushroom and chickpeas were so tasty. Credit goes to the chef as it's not easy to create such simple food with with amazing touch. Yellow tail kingfish pancetta & lemon oil is also highly recommended. Place is a bit pricey but really good, and it's not as busy as the other places near by.
The meals never disappoint here. I come here all the time for hearty traditional Italian. Great comfort food. The setting is quite quant as the furniture comprises laminex tables from the 70s/80s. The seafood pasta is a must. The garlic breads are flavoursome and so soft and moist. The old Italian charm is very appealing and it is very unpretentious.
Having just returned from a wonderful honeymoon in Florence and Venice, I was searching for an Italian restaurant in Melbourne that served authentic food in a 'trattoria' setting. Then I discovered the 'Italian Waiters' Club'! The food is simple yet beautiful, and the interior definitely takes me back to my days in Italy. Will be back again soon!
Big call but Davids Restaurant has revolutionalized the yum-cha experience. Family and I tried the all-you-can-eat yum cha on a Saturday ($35 pp). Even Mother, who prefers 'traditional' over anything 'modern' or fusion, raved about the yum cha.
The interior of the restaurant is fresh and modern. The table was set with all the cutlery, bowls, cups and condiments that one could possibly need during the meal. Service was exceptional. Dishes were brought out at a good pace on trays. I appreciated the careful explanation for each dish. There was none of the abruptness I have come to expect from yum cha trolley madams. The atmosphere had a refined air of calmness, rather than noise and busyness.
It is impossible to leave feeling hungry. There was a huge variety - from fried dishes to steamed dishes to desserts. One can indicate how many individual servings of each dish so the entire table does not have to consume the same dish. There were few regular yum cha dishes such as BBQ Pork Bun. Most dishes had a slight twist to it, such as the Spring Rolls with visible pieces of BBQ pork rather than just mince. There were unique dishes such as Roast Duck Dumpling, Wagyu Dumpling and White Chocolate Dumpling. It was brilliant that the Chinese Brocolli came in a small dish than the usual excessive pile of green. My favourites were the Salt and Pepper Fried Tofu and the Fried Prawn Roll coated with black sesame - don't let these pass without trying!
Waitstaff asked for last requests prior to desserts being brought out. We declined, saving room for the sweet stuff. There were 4 rounds of desserts, with the banana fritter being the highlight for me.
Final verdict - loved it! It is a bit excessive and expensive for regular yum cha but I will certainly be back for the special occasion.
Beautiful relaxed newly refurbished interior. Plenty of natural light. Staff are very friendly and professional, know the menu well. 5-star service with smiles all the way. Menu is inspired by the old Shanghai.