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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 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!
Lillian Wong

dined on Thu, 2 May 2019

Great recommendations & we enjoyed our meal with enough time to make our show.

dined on Thu, 25 Apr 2019

Enjoyed our second visit to Seamstress and will return.
Marika Forras

dined on Thu, 25 Apr 2019

Great restaurant amazing food lovely service...Will be back

dined on Sun, 21 Apr 2019

friendly staff, good service, interesting Asian fusion cuisine

dined on Sat, 20 Apr 2019

A little noisy to start with due to a group of girls. After they left the atmosphere was pleasant. Great menu and service. Quite pricey, but I would go back.

dined on Sat, 20 Apr 2019

Love the taste combinations!
Don Gregg

dined on Sat, 20 Apr 2019

Such a wonderful experience- stunning innovative Asian share plates, friendly yet confident service, unique funky historic decor. The French rose wine was perfect. Go here and you will love it!
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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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