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The Mess Hall

Address
Address:
51 Bourke Street
Melbourne CBD VIC 3000
Contact
Contact:
Tel : +61 3 9654 6800
Cuisine
Cuisine: Cafe, Italian
Chef
License: Fully Licensed (no BYO)
Chef
Price Range: $$$$
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"The Mess Hall is a hole-in-the-wall cafe at the top of Bourke Street and it's serving Italian-style food for lunch and dinner. Even though the dining room is tiny, the space is pared back and elegant with white walls, streamlined timber furniture and a high pressed-tin ceiling. The menu isn't extensive but it's adequate and delicious, with a range of pizza, pasta, salad and meaty mains.

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The Mess Hall is an unpretentious diner, in the heart of Melbourne’s theatre district.

Under the helm of Frank Stella (who also owns Stellini Bar on Little Collins Street), The Mess Hall is the ideal neighbourhood restaurant. Residing in what seems to be a former split-level terrace, the restaurant space is flooded with natural light and detailed with Victorian architecture. Bright and airy, guests are welcomed by efficient, friendly staff and a wave of appetising aromas from the kitchen. Scents of butter, bread and olive oil provide the perfect appetite stimulator and create a homely atmosphere in the restaurant.

Despite its no bookings policy, the turnover of tables is quick and we are quickly ushered to an intimate table near the kitchen. A far cry from an army mess hall, this restaurant has established a reputation as a reliable provider of terrific pizza and pasta dishes of a northern Italian bent. In true Italian spirit, the starters are designed for sharing with dishes such as calamari fritti and harissa croquettes. The pizza, pasta and main plate menus are generously-sized – with the standout choice being the sausage, provolone and chilli pizza. The beetroot salad with Bulgarian fetta, Japanese mushrooms, yoghurt and herbs works well as a side dish, offering a fresh reprieve from some of the heavier Italian dishes.

The Mess Hall embodies all the makings of the perfect neighbourhood restaurant - it is consistent, casual and full of charm.

Anna Lisle
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The Mess Hall - User Reviews

Bert Maverick:

The oxtail ragu and pasta dish was so good - the first time I went back again a couple of weeks later and had the same thing. It was just as good the 2nd time around. The service might be a little too cool for its own good but it was prompt and friendly. Good-sized dishes for the pricing too - I didn’t feel ripped off (which is common when you lunch in the city every day).review  07/12/2011

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Georgew:

Terrifically fresh, strongly-flavoured food. The best arancini I've had anywhere... London, Paris, Perth or Melbourne. Gooey, powerful oozing mozzarella lava centre. Informal friendly troops... especially the chirpy girl from Iona Catholic Girls School in Perth! But it gets very loud with so many women with high voices eating there.review  29/09/2011

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Suitable for Functions
Suitable for Pre Theatre
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