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“No wonder this place is busy”
Review of Esca Grill

Esca Grill
Ranked #1 of 138 Restaurants in Moonee Ponds
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Contemporary
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Reviewed 10 July 2018 via mobile

My wife and daughter went to ESCA Grill in Moonee Ponds on Saturday night . When we booked the person asked if we minded coming after 8:30 pm . I was wondering why !!! . Well ...when we got there the place was heaving . People everywhere, waiters whizzing around holding plates stacked with mouth watering steaks and seafood. I was reminded of the movie Dinner Rush.

The maître’d asked if we could take a seat at the bar , we might be waiting a few minutes . After 10 mins he came over apologetically and said can I buy you a glass of wine the table may be a little while longer . ...No problems ..it’s Saturday we said .

We got to our table a lovely booth , roomy , big table . The waiter was over to us immediately, what a professional!!!!!

We ordered seafood starters and steaks for main .
The wine list is comprehensive, with some aged stuff on the list very reasonably priced .
With in 15 mins the entre’s were out .

Oysters Natural ...very fresh . Baby calamari stuffed with a whole Tiger prawn ..spectacular. Sweet and spicy .
Grilled Quail, absolutely came away from the bone , juicy in an unusual wine jus . It was gone almost bones and all.

Then came the steaks ,,no wonder this place is busy.

The meat was cooked perfectly, the char was just enough to enhance the flavour , we cut our 450 g Rib Eye with a butter knife . Obviously so well aged , that cooking it was a mere formality, and we didn’t have to take out a mortgage to pay for them .

Dessert we noticed a big bowl of Tiramisu doing its rounds . SOLD .. It reminded me of the good old days of Marchetti’s Latin.
Well we were not disappointed, my daughter who is not really a cake , cream , liqueur coffee type of dessert eater finished hers and started on mine . Enough said . It was exactly like the one we used to enjoy at Marchetti all those years ago.

Congratulations ESCA . Classic dining is still alive .

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Reviewed 6 July 2018

Esca Grill is always excellent. It has managed to maintain it's high quality food and service over the years and it never disappoints. The only thing is that we should frequent it more often!
The service is outstanding. From Dom and Anthony front of house and Anthony in the kitchen everything is professional and welcoming.
The bbq king prawns are always a hit and the steaks are cooked to perfection.
The wine list (Anthony is a great sommelier) is also excellent.
5 stars.

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Thank Jenni L
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Reviewed 25 June 2018

We went to this restaurant as a celebration for the sale of a house. We found the atmosphere very quiet and enjoyable. We rang ahead to see if there was a dress code as we realised that the prices for the food were on the costly side. Once there we were welcomed inside by one of the waiters and seated in a booth along one wall. There were 4 people in our group and the service was prompt and the food delicious. All of us commented on the food we had eaten and we all agreed it was delicious and cooked to perfection. Our waiter was very good at refilling the water and ensuring we had enjoyed the food and attended to our drinks on a regular basis. They have bread made by the cook that day served on the table and when we had each eaten a slice were provided with more together with extra butter. This was unasked for but a treat as the bread was fabulous. We told the waiter who passed the message of praise to the cook. The prices for the main meal were what I would call a bit costly but the service and the atmosphere and the food made us feel like we got what we paid for. Average cost for our meals (mains) was between $33 to $45. We decided to have sweets and were blown away by a deconstructed Cheese Cake with Coulis and Marshmallow that was amazing the sweets cost around $12 but I felt it was a bargin for the mix of flavours and so did everyone else. All in all a good place to celebrate a special occasion, if you are willing to pay for the service and great food you will be on a winner with this restaurant. We all had jeans and shirts no ties and there was no dress standard requirement. If you want a less costly place, remember you get what you pay for. The only real drawback with the place is that it is hard to find a parking space at mid day.

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Thank Richard B
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Reviewed 19 June 2018

Wonderful ambiance, delicious food and outstanding service. Seafood is fresh and if Seafood is not for you there are great alternatives to choose from.

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Thank Letishia C
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Reviewed 2 May 2018 via mobile

This restaurant has exceptional customer service and delicious food. Highly recommended the chilli prawns, calamari and dessert. The only down fall is it’s a little pricey. But nice to go on special occasions.

Thank nana171
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