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What diners said about this restaurant:
Keith C. • 9 reviews
9 March 20239.5/10
Haven’t been to Seamstress for some time. The food was absolutely delicious. Attentive service in a cosy environment. Absolute gem. The steak was just fantastic and the pot stickers superb.
Sandra R. • 1 review
18 February 20239.5/10
Nice little eatery. Food fantastic and staff. Close to Theatres. Kudos to kitchen staff who climb the stairs multiple times per night to deliver the yummies from the kitchen. You are heros.
Bill G. • 15 reviews
15 February 202310/10
The food was amazing and the service really friendly and extremely helpful. We used the bar beforehand which was also really good. Beautiful flavours with an Asian theme.
Robert L. • 172 reviews
12 January 20237/10
Food was tasty, service was ok, not that many people there on a Thursday night so not much of a vibe. The crab dish we expected more, it was a much smaller portion than the other “small sized plates” only two tiny pieces. The other small sized plates had four pieces.
Grant M. • 2 reviews
4 January 20238/10
This was their first night open for 2023 and the food was good and service fine but not outstanding. Perhaps as a little older than their normal clientele we did not enjoy the darkened staircase entry and wondered what it would be like after a few too many drinks - has anyone fallen down? would seem to be easy to do.
Ahmed E. • 2 reviews
9 November 202210/10
I have been probably to this gem over a dozen times. The quality of the service, the variety of the food and consistently delicious dishes, and the great atmosphere never ceases to amaze me.
Rosalie S. • 2 reviews
8 October 202210/10
My friend and I had a fantastic experience! We started with cocktails in the bar where the service and drinks were excellent. The staff in the restaurant were welcoming and knowledgeable about the menu and the food was wonderful- particularly loved the tempura cauliflower! Highly recommend this restaurant!
andrew s. • 3 reviews
5 October 20229.5/10
Outstanding food and great combinations of flavours. Very inventive. Service was also excellent my wife and I had a great time. Location is a little quirky which is great.
Gordon M. • 1 review
24 September 202210/10
Lovely people, explained the concept, and then backed it up with wonderful food. Be aware, that the entrance is easy to miss. It's up one flight of stairs, carry on up another for amazing cocktails.
Alyson S. • 2 reviews
19 August 20226.5/10
The food was lovely however some was cold and the rest just luke warm. The service was good. It was very cramped and a little more room between tables would be nice
Julie C. • 1 review
11 August 202210/10
Great place, decor is just so cool without being pretentious. Great ambience and mixed age group of patrons. Food was plentiful and extremely good. Staff were friendly and helpful. We loved it and the bar upstairs. Looking forward to a return visit.
Daniel M. • 15 reviews
3 May 20229/10
For entrees, I ordered the Crispy Softshell Crab and Flame Wok-tossed Vegetables. The crab was impeccable. I thoroughly enjoyed every bite. Bursting with flavour, succulent, crispy, well-sauced. The vegetables were light and crunchy – delicious. My main was the Crispy Pork Belly. It lived up to its name: crispy! I particularly enjoyed the cashew and peanut garnish and Red Dragon Sauce. However, I felt that some of the pork pieces needed more of the sauce; also, the Vietnamese mint salad was rather bland. The ambience is excellent – the music wasn't blasting during lunch time, making it the perfect place for a good conversation with friends or colleagues.
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David S. • 14 reviews
12 April 20224.5/10
First, the waiter got our order wrong (a medium instead of small). When this was pointed out and admitted to we thought the issue was resolved - but when the bill arrived they still attempted to charge us for the wrong size. The food was generally lacklustre. The soft-shell crab was over-cooked (dark brown), and the oil in the deep fryer was clearly not fresh. The pork belly also seemed to have been through the same deep fryer, rather than having been roasted. We will not be back.
Michael E. • 27 reviews
30 March 202210/10
The martini was great, food right up there with the best I’ve had, topped off by the excellent and personal service of Dimitri!!! My wife and I loved it.
Marcus P. • 18 reviews
26 March 202210/10
Wow! What tastes abound in this place, tucked away upstairs! Absolutely divine! From the moneybag dumplings to the pork belly, seafood to cocktails, everything was amazing. Food melts in your mouth, leaving pleasures usually restricted to the bedroom! Please indulge, it’s a share based menu, not lengthy, short and sweet but what they do excels above all expectations. Thank you, we’ll be back for seconds!
John H. • 8 reviews
19 March 20229/10
Cocktails to kick off the evening were lovely and waitress happy to advise on off menu options - great selection. The food was magnificent - great flavours and generous dishes. Loved the fact you could order small, medium and large sizes and waiter was great in helping us choose the right size so we did not order too much. Loved all the food!
Jason L. • 1 review
22 January 20229/10
Great little restaurant, beautiful food and knowledgeable staff. Excellent drinks menu to partner the rich Asian inspired flavours of the wonderful dishes we enjoyed as part of the banquet.
Pru M • 11 reviews
17 December 20217/10
Lovely to be back to enjoy good service and a great range of interesting drinks / cocktail options. Favourite dishes: the wontons & the brussel sprouts
Nadz A. • 7 reviews
13 December 20216/10
The food was nice but nothing to write home about. The Korean fried chicken should really be boneless. It was also quite dry. The "crispy" pork belly was anything but crispy. The softshell crab and dumplings were nice. The waiters were quite inattentive and came across as snobby. Seamstress has lots of potential but need to improve their food and service.
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Krystle W. • 3 reviews
30 November 20219/10
Food was fabulous, server was really lovely and full of personality. The front of house when she greeted us looked like she would rather be anywhere but where she was which let it down abit.
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113 Lonsdale Street, 3000, Melbourne (VIC), Australia
Things aren't what they seam
The Seamstress Restaurant lives in a house steeped in history. This is one of Chinatown's hidden gems. At first it kinda feels like you're climbing up stairs into a forgotten attic but once you're there the space is a pleasant surprise. You see, Seamstress restaurant lives in a 120-year-old building that was once a textile factory and even an old Buddhist monastery. Now it's a jazzy restaurant that does modern Cantonese food with panache. It's a pretty sight to behold, and a break from the red and gold Chinatown standards. With bare bricks and light polished wood, this restaurant has a fresh and contemporary atmosphere. Here you'll find a lunching business crew and curious customers after an elegant dinner. Based on the dishes of China, the menu also makes some detours into the flavours of Asian, and each item has a small medium and large so you can build your own delicious course or share the goodness with friends. Forget raucous Chinese restaurants and getting nudged by yum cha trolleys! Come to Seamstress and make the most of Chinatown's best kept secret.
Best dish: 12-hour braised Berkshire pork belly, jicama salad and kohlrabi kimchi
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