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Meet the Chef

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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dined on Wed, 22 May 2019

Such a range of choice and fantastic that you can choose the size of each dish depending how hungry you are and how many dishes you want to try. The brussel sprouts were yummy.

dined on Sat, 18 May 2019

We had a very positive experience. Beautiful venue, great food and service. It is on the pricey side so it’s not somewhere you’d come very often but worth it for a special occasion

dined on Sat, 18 May 2019

Loved it! I have been three times in two weeks.

dined on Sun, 12 May 2019

Great and interesting food

dined on Sat, 11 May 2019

The food was nothing short of terrible. The pork was dry, the wontons were tasteless, the roti tasted like gas and the duck curry was accompanied by a jam that was overly sweet and did not compliment. We have just left pretty unhappy having paid $160 for a meal we did not enjoy one bit. We went for our anniversary and it’s a real shame we spent it here.
LInda Carter

dined on Sat, 11 May 2019

Really interesting food which was delicious. Loved the ambience. Service was excellent. Will definitely return.
Karen Sharp

dined on Sat, 11 May 2019

Great service and fantastic food. Will be back

dined on Fri, 10 May 2019

A cool place for a good dinner. Interesting fusion kitchen.

dined on Tue, 7 May 2019

Amazing value for the lunch deal and the food was delicious. The lunch menu main portion was just a tiny bit small.. but still hit the right spot

dined on Thu, 2 May 2019

Always amazing food and service here. Must visit when in Melbourne - remember to head upstairs to the cocktail bar after dinner to top off your night!
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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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