Sunda _

4.6
195 reviews
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$40 and under
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Southeast Asian
Sunda is a confluence of vibrant South East Asian flavours and native Australian produce orchestrated by Head Chef, Khanh Nguyen.
Influenced by the bold flavours of South East Asia, Sunda’s menu will see the more daring and unexpected elements of Indonesian, Malaysian and Vietnamese cuisine brought together - using lesser known ingredients and techniques.
Sunda _ offers both an a la carte and set menu with the option for matched beverages.
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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Had no idea the dishes were so small. We were still hungry after we left and we’re not big eaters either.

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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Impeccable service in the front of the house is so important as no matter how delicious your food is, bad service can ruin a night out and the whole dining experience.

For all the rave reviews and the chef hat awarded to this restaurant, we had great expectations but the night for us ended on a sour note.

We understand the seatings are two hour slots. We were seated at the communal table and was booked in at 6:30pm. I was running late but my husband had ordered our food and he went a la carte based on the waitress advice as the set menu would make our time tight to finish our meal within two hours. When I got there the food had just arrived. Things were going fine, we were having a good meal.

The table next to ours finished their savoury dishes and at 8:15 was asked if they would like to have a look at the dessert menu. So when we finished our savoury dishes and the waitress came around to top up our water, my husband asked if we can have a look at the dessert menu. He was outright refused. I turned around and said you just offered the couple next to us just 2 minutes before if they would like to look at the dessert menu and then to say to us they can’t possibly serve us dessert as we were reaching our 2 hour slot. To top it off when we inquired what time their booking was, the waitress says they booked at 6:15 so when she offered them dessert they already passed their two hour mark. Yet we still had 15mins to our booking but it was too late for us.

I can understand you have a policy and you have bookings after us. If everyone was treated the same we wouldn’t have made a fuss. I am not one to be confrontational but when we were clearly provided with a inferior service and bad attitude, it was not acceptable.

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m
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed dinner here, our only regret that we didn’t have more time to enjoy it! The flavours and ingredients were complex yet delicate, flavours and ingredients we’d not tried before. We loved it.......fantastic!!

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FN
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

We had high hopes for Sunda but unfortunately our expectations were not met. The waitress we had was quite rude and unhelpful on several occasions which lowered the overall dining experience. She did not smile, she seemed annoyed that we didn’t all want water, she didn’t clearly explain which dishes were coeliac, vegetarian and gluten free in fact most of the time we had no idea what the dishes were as her explanation was muffled and quick.
We ordered the set menu which she said was good and no one left hungry, when we had a significant amount of food left at the end she said in a very patronising manner “I did tell you there was an abundance of food for the set menu” which she absolutely did not and regardless should not have spoken to customers like that.
We didn’t tip which is a real sign of our displeasure, apologies that the kitchen suffered on account of one front of house staff member.
I won’t be telling people to head to Sunda, it’s a shame as we were excited at what the restaurant claimed to offer but we’re all so disappointed.

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KH
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely brilliant - what a rare find
The architecture matched the quality of the food – oysters a highlight and the orange Pinot Gris a delicious combo

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Z
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As an Indonesian, Sunda_ creates a unique culinary experience with an intresting blend of Indonesian ingredients with modern fusion. The restaurant's ambience supports the overall theme of the experiment experience. Though a bit on the pricy side, I would love to dine there again!

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CF
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Would absolutely recommend Sunda_ ! The staff were very knowledgeable and helpful throughout the dinner, offering wine suggestions and explaining all the dishes and their ingredients. Could not fault the service or the food - everything was fresh and clean - well done guys! Can't wait to come back!

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JM
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Foods are amazing, service ia excellent.
All of things are two thumbs up!!

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a
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic modern Asian fusion, every dish was top notch.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very talented team: food was outstanding and continued to deliver. Highly Recommended

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DT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Cannot fault the food! Catered to my special request for my wife's birthday. So 10/10!

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GC
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I'm Malaysian so I was interested to see what this restaurant offered. The flavours were definitely interesting but I think I prefer authentic Malaysian & Singaporean food.

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PR
Sydney / NSW
6 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just brilliant food. Such exciting, clever twists on classic dishes with big punches of flavour; yet still showing beautiful restraint. THIS is what Australian cuisine is all about. Excellent wines and service as well. Congratulations chef Khanh Nguyen, Sunda is a triumph.

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J
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Memorable experience - absolutely loved it. Beautifully-balanced and exciting usage of native Australian ingredients. It was bold and inventive, whilst also hitting the mark. So delicious! We enjoyed the roti with vegemite curry, wagyu rendang pies, otak otak, the smoky Fremantle octopus, lamb rump (on another level!), cabbage and egg noodles. Nice architectural design and acoustic ambience as well. Looking forward to going back :)

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SC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 4

The restaurant is nice, architecture is famous! The kitchen is very inventive, and beautifully executed ! BUT the service upstaire is not kidfriendly and unpleasant!

Deep regret the food is amazing !!

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EF
London
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I read and heard so many things about Sunda and it lives up to its hype

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OT
Melbourne / VIC
7 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious. Effortless ordering and superb service.

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OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The beef pie was the highlight of the night and the egg noodle was good as well.
The only thing we weren't impressed was the kangaroo dish. It was tasty but the gaminess of kangaroo was overpowering...

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TB
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food at Sunda is creative, beautifully balanced and makes you want to re-order what you just ate. The dishes are designed to share and there is a separate menu for coeliacs. My friend and I ordered solely from coeliac menu and were blown away by the number of dishes available. Everything we would have picked of the main menu was on the gluten free menu.

Highly recommended! Book your table now. You won’t be disappointed!

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DP
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceeded expectations. Knowledgeable and friendly waiter guided us through an outstanding fusion menu

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LM
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience all round. The food is miles ahead in innovation and flavour. Interesting and wholesome dish’s with the wine to match and the service is impeccable. Highly recommended.

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S
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sunda was fantastic, the service was seamless and it was great to see the kitchen at work in perfect harmony.

Each dish was delicious but the standouts were the Otak Otak and the XO noodles. It was great to see so many native ingredients featured in a way that wasn’t tokenistic.

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Dubai
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Deconstructive food. Loved it. Can't wait to return

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H
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 1

Food was alright. The place is soooo very hot!!!! I had to take off my baby’s clothes because it was that hot. The place is not really child friendly. The host was blaming me to not put the baby into the booking request, which I thought quite weird because most of restaurants I’ve been into they never really blame the customer. They really need to do something about the heat for upstairs area. It wasn’t pleasant for the 5 of us. And portion is a bit small for the price they charge.

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JK
Dubai
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We absolutely loved sunda. Our waitress was so professional and helpful she made our evening. Food “unforgettable” can’t wait to go back

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DC
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Sunda has been in my wish list a long time and I was finally rewarded and not disappointed. Amazing food and served in abundance. Clever fusion and each dish excited

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AP
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So so epic, creative and delicious.
Happy customer dreaming about coming back.

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F
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious! Flavours were on point, roti was the highlight of the night

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BM
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We loved our lunch. It was the first time for both and a very sad occasion as my father passed the day before. Your very professional staff, the delicious food and the jovial atmosphere let me forget for a couple of hours. We will definitely be back with our friends. Thank you

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M
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding and innovate set menu. Staff were attentive and well informed of what they were serving. Beautifully presented, from the food, to the drinks, to the crockery and serving bowls. Would definitely do the whole menu again!

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CC
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hands down the best dining experience of 2018!!!!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great place, great food, an energetic vibe! The wine option is good, better with you're sharing a bottle. I felt good sitting in the bar, watching the cookers working. A small delay to serve drinks, and a not soo good sparkling water. But apart from that, it was a great experience.

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K
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

We booked the early seating, from 6 until 8. The food was excellent, and the recommendations our waitress gave for both food and wine were perfect. The only real annoyance was the repeated reminders that we had to be out the door soon. It really felt like we were being rushed, we were told that we didn't have time for the set menu, and that we didn't have time for dessert. Meanwhile the couple next to us arrived after us, ordered the set menu without any comment given, and managed to finish it well within time. We ended up finishing and leaving by 7:30 to go look for dessert elsewhere.

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E
Sydney / NSW
6 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Damn good. Place deserves all the accolades it got this year . Hope it maintains its level and continue to innovate in times to come

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TW
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A super refreshing spin on moder south East Asian food. One of the best meals we have had in a long time. Huge shout out to the sous vide lamb rump. Some of the best meat I have ever had.

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O
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sunda is by far one of the best restaurants I have ever been to, and I consider myself a 'foodie'. Their staff are knowledgeable, friendly and helpful - they helped us pick out a great bottle of wine.

The food is phenomenal. It is complex with a wide range of flavours and cooking styles with plenty of South East Asian influence.

I would highly recommend their star dish; the homemade roti bread with Vegemite curry. I also loved the lamb - it was firstly sous vide and was then finished on the Vietnamese grill to give a wonderful texture and a smokey flavour.

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KA
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

My team were thoroughly impressed and we certainly enjoyed our Christmas get together. The food was amazing, kept coming and elicited lots of ooohs and aaahs from the table. It was so fascinating to experience such an interesting take on Asian fusion. Loved the setting too - created good soundboarding to allow conversations to flow. The only mini-gripe would be that it was sometimes tricky to get staff attention and the cup of tea I ordered never appeared, but other than that it was sublime. I'll be back for sure.

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SS
Melbourne / VIC
5 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I am rarely surprised these days - but Sunda happily surprised us. Outstanding food, some of the best I’ve had recently. Everything was amazing. Can’t wait to go back. The fitout is just ok - the construction feel is a bit odd. But that’s a minor criticism for such amazing food.

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MD
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is superb, loved the food, very friendly service, can't fault it.

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MC
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Highly recommend this place if you’re looking for excellent food, great service and ambiance. Their take on a a traditional roti and Vegemite curry is a must try!
The menu is unique and they have their own cocktails as well.
Highly recommend the pork chop dish, will be unlike any pork chop you have ever had!

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