113 Lonsdale Street
Good place to take a date:
Seamstress has put the cool in China Town, and in doing so created a fresh and original option for Asian dining. Finding a balance between quality Asian food and an atmosphere befitting of that special someone can be difficult; most places either charge astronomical prices or fit the greasy spoon category that lacks romance. Breaking away from the cliché, you’ll be impressed with the hospitality of the service, the think-outside-the-box décor and modern twist on classic dishes at Seamstress. Sip cocktails to prolong your visit as you work your way through the a la carte menu, or throw yourself in at the deep end with a sumptuous banquet that will impregnate you with a food baby.
Good place to meet for a first date:
If clothes hanging from the ceiling aren’t enough to get you talking, then you’re probably not meant to be. A quirky bar-cum-restaurant where cocktails and unique Asian dishes are the order of the day, Seamstress stitches a success story for Melbourne dating. A small space that’s practically designed for couples with the small tables drawn close together, tapestry lines the walls and ceilings to give the place a warmth that should rub off on the two of you. If you don’t want to commit to a dinner date just yet, meet for a few drinks at the bar and you might find you stay longer than you bargained for. But that’s ok, the laid-back atmosphere is the perfect place to grab a bite to eat when your tummy rumbles. And you’ll find plenty for hip bars in the area if you fancy moving on to continue the evening.
The cocktail clientele and Melbournian hipsters give Seamstress a relatively young vibe that will give you kudos if you bring your date here. It may be incredibly cool, but it stays true to the important basics by presenting fresh food, great service and good value day and night.
Time of review:
Seamstress has a tight knit layout of tables, and so easily stays busy throughout the week. However if you do arrive on a whim you won’t be tapping your toes waiting for a seat as the cocktails will soon have you feeling relaxed. Great for spontaneous dates in Melbourne, Seamstress is a fun and fresh option for wining and dining.
Average cost of a meal and a drink:
If you’re looking for a cheap and cheerful Chinese, you might find the prices a little steep at Seamstress. However this restaurant offers such a well-rounded experience with its tempting drinks selection and electric environment that you aren’t just paying for a bowl of egg fried rice. The banquet costs $65 per person, but with 3 courses and 9 dishes you’ll certainly get your money’s worth at Seamstress. Meanwhile, a cocktail will cost you between $15-20, with a refreshing array of options that you might not have heard of before.
Type of cuisine:
With cheeky numbers catching the eye such as maple seared scallops and duck rice crepe, Seamstress has put effort into making an interesting menu. A modern take on Asian cuisine, you’ll find it hard to choose from the tempting choices. But that’s where the banquet menu comes in as a solution. If you’re making the bar the focal point of your visit on a Melbourne date, light bites such as sticky pork and kingfish croquet will go down a treat after a cocktail or two.
Take them on a whirlwind tour of Asia with this thematic bar-cum-restaurant that will really set the tone for a fun and exciting Melbourne date. Seamstress offers something quintessentially different in the welcoming China Town district of the city, and we like its style.