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“Nice surprise”
Review of Coda

Ranked #67 of 5,206 Restaurants in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$57 - US$215
Cuisines: Contemporary
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Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Central Business District
Description: Upon opening our doors in 2009, we were thrilled to receive the The Age Good Food Guide's 'HatAward' and have maintained it ever since. Complementing these achievements, we are very proud of Head Sommelier, Travis Howe, who not only won Sommelier of the Year but also picked up the 2013 Wine List of the Year. Nestled in one of Melbourne's iconic laneways (basement Oliver Lane, and Flinders Lane), Coda is located in the busiest and most dynamic culinary precinct the city has to offer. A stone's throw away from the Yarra River, Flinders Street station and Federation Square, the restaurant enjoys hosting a diverse group of diners from frequenting locals who live and work on its doorstep to diners from all over the globe. Upon entering the restaurant you will be greeted by a member of our friendly team headed by Mykal and Kate Bartholomew and Executive Chef Adam D'Sylva. The trio has assembled a dedicated team with highly sought-after experience from many international and Melbourne-based restaurants. Coda's relaxed environment provides a versatile setting for a range of engagements. Whatever your occasion - from a quick pre-football meal, to a long Sunday lunch, business dining or a cosy seat for an anniversary - we look forward to your visit. While bookings are highly recommended, patrons without a reservation can enjoy the full menu at the bar.
Reviewed 18 October 2018 via mobile

I was walking around Flinders Lane in melbourne looking for a good place to eat with my colleague. We discounted some of the places and casting my eye down an alley on the side saw Coda. Venue in a basement, low lights. A bar and both high tables and lower ones. We didn’t have a reservation but were given a seat at the bar.

The staff were friendly and helpful. Bartender suggested a couple of good gins and helped us order. This is a french vietnamese place, and it is likely you will recognise very little on the menu. There are dishes of varying sizes. From the one bite ones around $10 to the mains at $35-45. The sides are around $10 as well.

The dishes are full of flavor. Portions of the mains are generous and you can share those. Side dishes were also generous. We had the Barramundi which was excellent and the Java curry which was creamy and rich. As a side we had the cauliflower and the beans with tofu. The only fault i could find with the meal was the tofu being very dry.

A great meal overall and definitely recommended if you are after an innovative cuisine.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank geophilhk
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Reviewed 15 October 2018 via mobile

We had booked lunch at Coda to celebrate our wedding anniversary, and had been eagerly anticipating our meal. Arriving on a sunny spring day, it did feel a bit sad to head down to a dark basement - so it’s definitely more an evening or winter venue.

Service on arrival was friendly - at that time the restaurant was nearly empty - but as soon as we placed our food and drinks orders, the service cooled markedly. The waiter taking our food order seemed to frown and disapprove of our order, and as the food was brought to our table, he only gave a quick name for each dish or did not describe them at all. We noticed him engaging in conversation and detailed descriptions with the tables around us, however.

The menu comprises smaller bites, entree- and main-sized dishes, and we chose some dishes to share from each section. The two entree-sized dishes (buffalo mozzarella and zucchini fritters, and green papaya salad with calamari) arrived first, were eaten, and then our crockery and cutlery was cleared. When my husband asked if we were to receive the smaller bites we ordered, we were told that the food was coming out in order of spiciness/heaviness, so the entrees before the small bites. This made no sense - we’d just eaten a spicy green papaya salad which was then followed by a mild san choi bao-style dish. If the kitchen delivers the food as it is made, fine, many restaurants do this for their own convenience, but let your guests know. The sommelier was equally cool and appeared judgemental of our choice to move to red wine before he considered it appropriate, with a muttered comment, and distinctly cool service after this point.

We really enjoyed the food (although the duck curry was a little heavy on turmeric spice and suffered because of this, and the roti was undercooked), but it’s unlikely we will return given the level of hospitality on the floor.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank ebuis
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Reviewed 14 October 2018

Booked from NZ specially to celebrate at Coda and Coda did not disappoint.
Ambiance, Service, Food & Wine all spectacular. Would recommend for people that love a food experience. Loved Loved it

Date of visit: October 2018
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Thank SharronC103
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Reviewed 9 October 2018

We went to Coda to celebrate my husbands 40th birthday and had the best time. Despite having excellent high-end food, Coda is unpretentious and the staff were really friendly, relaxed and happy to offer us lots of suggestions. We knew we wanted to eat the steak tartare (to die for!) and yellow duck curry (delicious flavours) but were struggling to make other choices so the waitress asked us a couple of questions and suggested she chose for us! She made excellent choices!! Great range of wines to choose from including very reasonably priced bottles.

Date of visit: October 2018
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Thank 27FaithWe
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Reviewed 8 October 2018 via mobile

We were very surprised to get a couple of bar seats with no booking in a Saturday night.....but it was a great surprise!

As always, the food was delicious! We had a selection of starters and the calamari salad, paired with a great local Chardonnay.

Great food and amazing service in the quintessential Melbourne lane way location.

Do it!

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank JayHi96
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