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Picture of Brenda O'Riordan & Ashok Ranabhat.

Brenda O'Riordan & Ashok Ranabhat

Brenda & Ashok have been jointly at the helm of the Seamstress Kitchen since 2016. Brenda hails from Ireland and Ashok from Nepal and both have a natural flair when pairing flavours and ingredients to create menus with impact.

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Total Score

8.9
2698 reviews
Recommended
(9.3)
Food
(8.9)
Service
(9.2)
Value for money
(8.3)
Atmosphere
(8.9)

dined on Mon, 28 Jan 2019

(10)
Great food and great service! We really enjoyed the Squid Ink Barammundi with the yellow curry.

dined on Sun, 27 Jan 2019

(9)
Yummy as always. Service is always a delight. One of my favs in Melbourne

dined on Fri, 25 Jan 2019

(10)
We were very happy with the service and food. The upstairs bar staff were very friendly and knowledgeable.

dined on Fri, 25 Jan 2019

(9)
Food was lovely but a little over priced for what you get.

dined on Sat, 19 Jan 2019

(9)
Great as usual
Khanh Ziccardi

dined on Sat, 19 Jan 2019

(9)
We had a party of 6 last night. The banquet was recommended. Everyone in the group enjoyed every dish, including the brussel sprouts! Everyone left with full bellies. Customer service was fantastic. Lovely having waiting staff with a personality. Great night out with friends.

dined on Sat, 19 Jan 2019

(10)
Always a great night at the Seamstress. Will be back!

dined on Fri, 18 Jan 2019

(9)
Been here a number of times and we are always delighted with the great food and service.

dined on Fri, 18 Jan 2019

(8)
Food was good, but we didn't find anything outstanding. Cocktail list was fun and inventive, and wine list was good too. Service was friendly, professional and efficient - we mentioned we had a theatre booking and everything was managed in time.

dined on Thu, 17 Jan 2019

(8)
Some delicious spice mixes
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About Seamstress Restaurant

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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