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Cafe, Australian
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 27 May 2021

I had a lovely lunch here sitting at a table on the footpath with a colleague. Between us we had some calamari, a caprese salad and meatballs. The service was friendly and efficient and the food was fresh and enjoyable. I would certainly come back.

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed 17 June 2020

The Mess Hall is a a good-looking restaurant with a Mediterranean menu, mainly pasta based. In this times of variable demand, pasta is easy to cook as demand requires. The Mess Hall has a full bar, and serves a mean cup of coffee -- my...coffee was nutty and full of flavour, the best coffee I've tasted in a long while. If you walk down Bourke St regularly, you may walk right past the Mess Hall, because it has a new facade.More

Date of visit: June 2020
Reviewed 31 March 2020

Although this was recommended to us by the hotel staff for breakfast, we were not impressed. First it is a very small cramped space but the biggest downside was the breakfast. The eggs were nicely seasoned but the bread was so toasted that we couldn't...even bite through it. The cost was quite high even for Melbourne standards. Over 35 AUD for 2 plates of scrambled eggs, toast and a pot of tea.More

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed 6 February 2020

We found this small restaurant on a road of pizza and Italian places. We are in Australia for the first time and wanted something different, it turned out to be run by french folk. The food and wine was superb so we went back again....They have a small menu of specials and then pasta and salads. I had the most amazing seafood pasta and fish the second time. A glass of Victoria wine added to the enjoyment. Thoroughly recommendMore

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed 28 January 2020

We tried gnocchi and duck with pasta dish as well as a wonderful red wine. Everything was elegantly serviced with a nice balance of flavorful sauce. The service was attentive.

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed 21 January 2020

I overheard a concierge recommending The Mess Hall for its coffee so I decided to investigate what it offered for breakfast. I'm a big fan of eggs for breakfast and what I ate here far surpassed what I had initially contemplated eating. The Blue Swimmer...Crab Scrambled Eggs with chilli on toast was quite simply spectacular. I loved every mouthful, and even more surprising was the serving size - it wasn't a delicate and pretentious little sampler on the plate, but rather a completely hunger-satisfying serve. I finished the last mouthful and smiled contentedly at the experience. Before ordering my breakfast I ordered a Flat White and this lived up to the recommendation by the concierge. It had a fantastic and unique flavour, which left for dead many bland coffees I have consumed elsewhere. Wondering if it was just my tastebuds lusting for coffee before anything, I ordered a take away coffee as I left and was rewarded with the same rich tasting flavour. I interacted with 3 different staff members and they all were cheerful and very helpful, certainly providing or enhancing the cosy feel to the restaurant.More

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed 18 January 2020

Good service- very good food and coffee- plus value for money. Staff are very to help with menu adjustments.

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed 29 December 2019

Had a quick lunch here before a matinee at the nearby theatre. It was recommended by a worker at another cafe for it's coffee! Had a delicious lunch and great coffee. We told the staff we were on a time frame and they worked well...to serve our orders without a rush. Smallish menu but enough options to please our party of 4.More

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed 6 October 2019 via mobile

A nice cafe with clean lines and little clutter. Not a long menu, but plenty sufficient with something for everyone. The portions were of a good size and the quality & presentation of the meal very high. Although the size of the coffees could have...been bigger (for the price). The service was also very good. Highly recommend a visitMore

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed 28 September 2019

Coffee was sub par. Food was way below Melbourne standard. I ordered the smoked trout; was served supermarket smoked salmon. Was not informed of the change at any stage of the process. I spoke with the staff about it and got nothing but bad attitude....Not even an apology. There are so many better options at MUCH better prices. Recommend you go anywhere but here!More

Date of visit: September 2019
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The Mess Hall is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4