Merah

4.3
36 Reviews
$40 and under
Malaysian
Handcrafted Malaysian food in Northcote All pastes, curries, soup noodles made in house, by hand.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
What 36 people are saying
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4.2
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4.1
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4.3
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AnabelD
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience4

Food fabulous & drinks menu very good. As a newly opened to the public restaurant, I totally understand that some issues still have to be ironed out. We were very disappointed that the order in which food was brought out was all out! The mains brought out before receiving entrées & drinks for each person brought out at different very seperate times. Staff were lovely & apologetic however it did taint our evening.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Flavoursome food served in a pleasant and efficient manner

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SallyJ
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time there. Such a delightful restaurant. The staff are not imposing. The kitchen is quick. Lovely cocktails. Excellent food and service and decor. A new favourite.

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shivpark
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Really excellent food and very reasonably priced. Something for everyone on the menu (great vegetarian options)!
Friendly staff and good atmosphere. Will definitely be back!

SJ
SallyJ
3 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So delicious and good value. Lovely staff too. Perfect rendang. We had a great time.

OT
OpenTable Diner
7 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Tasty Malaysian in a cute venue. Would definitely go back.

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JoiceG
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious - everything was incredible. I can't wait to go back!

JN
JessN
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best Chicken Laksas I have had in Melbourne. Lovely decor and friendly staff. Will definitely be going back soon!

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Coggo
5 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good was delicious. There was something not quite right about the fermented veggies served with the seafood rice dish- nasi goreng I think. I know what fermented veggies should taste like and these tasted like they’d gone off.

NJ
NothappyJan
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Went to this restaurant for the first Saturday out of lockdown.
Booked our table for 7 pm several days before.
Turned up right on time.
Poor young staff looked highly stressed and was clear there was no table for us or other customers arriving at the same time due to overbooking.
Whilst the staff were apologetic and offered our group each a free drink, after standing up inside for five minutes to find out what was going on, we then had to wait outside in the rain for another 15 minutes or so.
No sign of any owner or older manager despite the chaos.
When we did then get a table, much of the meal we had other customers standing right next to us queuing up for an extended period similarly waiting for a table - hardly adds to the atmosphere.
The food was very good but the whole situation was a shambles and very disrespectful to the poor stressed young staff and all the customers like us that put up with this weird situation.

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LizR
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, beautifully presented. Good value. We’ll be back.

KD
KatyaD
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Tables felt a little close together so it was hard to have a conversation without listening to the people either side of you, but the food was incredibly delicious. Excited to have found great Malaysian food in Northcote.

GP
GlendaP
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience2

i have eaten here about 4 times now. on previous occasions the food has been spectacular. Last night it was like being at a different restaurant with a novice chef the laksa laced flavour and the renddang a poor remnant of previous dishes - very disappointing as it had become my fave restaurant - now don't think i will return.

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AliceG
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The roti canai was a delicious starter and tamarind barramundi was light and full of flavour

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Aless
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Came here for dinner to celebrate my partner's birthday. Although all tables were filled, the ambience was still lovely & the restaurant was relatively quiet. Service was fantastic, very friendly staff & happy to accommodate. My partner absolutely loved his Mee Goreng. I enjoyed my Crispy Tofu Salad but thought it was a little on the light side for the price. Also tried the Entre tastings: very tasty with a great combination of flavours, but again, couldn't justify $13 for 6 small mouthfuls. Didn't enjoy all the sweet marinades but that's just my personal preference & probably typical for Malaysian cuisine. The Panna Cotta was delicious too - & I'm not really a dessert person! Overall a lovely place to dine in!

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FBM444
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We had curry puffs, spring rolls, roti, beef rendang, tamarind barramundi and cauliflower dish- all excellent

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EWilk
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Nice food and atmosphere, but the past 4-5 times I have been here they have either stuffed up our booking or someone else’s.

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Beth
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Lovely food and nice staff. We were quite cramped as we had a booking for 6 adults and a toddler and we were placed on a table suitable for 4 people.

Would go back not with a group.

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LouiseE
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent food with a lot of vegan options. Recommend getting several dishes and sharing

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NatashaB
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Very under whelming experience & customer service was horrible.

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Olivia
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We felt quite rushed when dining here, our main came out when we were in the middle of our entree. One hour sitting is not sufficient for a dinner and really took away from the experience. Meals were a bit pricy for the standard. Won't return in a hurry.

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Teabie
2 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Everything was lovely, albeit it was a slow night for the restaurant.

We had empty dishes on our table, and we were struggling with a lack of table space - but the servers did not take our empty dishes away until we were almost done with all our food. We usually understand if it had been a busy service, but I think the servers just did not find it necessary to cast an eye over the diners because it was a slow night. Perhaps we should have called them over to take our empty dishes away - but I'd never had to do that at any food establishments before! :)

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THEODORAF
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful ambience
Great authentic dishes
Helpful attentive staff

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Prema
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Loved the food but no the fan of the chairs. The chairs were not comfortable :(

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John
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It took a very long time between entere and arrival of main meal
The tofu salad was carelessly made and assembled. The tofu balls were delicious salad a complete failure.
Also we were asked if we wanted a fresh glass for my partner’s second glass of as the second one was different wine from the first one.
Not brilliant.

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BonViv
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ordered the banquet for two people. Came with crab bun, green beans, beef rendang curry, a bowl of rice and ice cream bun for dessert. Absolutely delicious!

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JanisS
3 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely meal, full of flavour. Good sized portion. Friendly staff.

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MichelleR
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We booked this for a special birthday on Saturday 3rd April, all confirmed in writing only to arrive and they weren’t open!!! No one has called to cancel, reschedule or apologise...it’s pretty bad form and left us high and dry on the day. I don’t know whether the issue is the venue or the app but we still haven’t heard anything back! Deeply disappointed!

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NavC
4 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Booked last minute for dinner - pleasantly surprised :) wine list was good, food was great! Decor was inviting - We had the soft shell crab buns, the barramundi with tamarind and the vegetables with belacan to share - food was fresh and tasty , will visit again!

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vipDebC
9 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A hit every time! Great for dates, great for family, great for friends.

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HannahD
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and lovely staff and delicious food!

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Else
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We got the banquet. Delicious food made with great care. The staff were just lovely, attentive enough without a hint of intrusion. The lighting is a bit bright, and the banquette seating low down and uncomfortable (no lumbar support). But this was all forgotten, because the food absolutely shines. Give Merah a try—like us, you’ll feel like going back the very next day! Truly.

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xtine
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The vegan laksa is always outstanding and the service friendly! The music can be a little loud tho, but it's good music imo.

JC
JacquiC
4 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Nice food, but I think I make better -when I have time LOL 😝. So it’s nice to have someone else make it. The roti is to die for. Service was friendly if a little erratic. Noisy environment. Lastly, we were inside not outside.

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JoannaF
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Overrated. Bad service, ordinary presentation, average food.

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AimeeA
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Merah was such a beautiful dining experience and the food was divine. It had such a soothing ambience and the staff were very friendly. Definitely will be visiting again.

FAQs

Merah offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (03) 9489 3121.

Merah is rated 4.3 stars by 36 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.