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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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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