Sunda _

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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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J
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience3

No a fan of the set time for seating allocation. It felt rushed. I acknowledge we were 20 mins late for our seating time but regardless 2 hours is not enough time to relax and take in the flavours of the food etc

AG
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Outstanding.Great value. Would go back in a heartbeat.

LU
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were there for the first time. The food was beautiful and service was great too. The atmosphere was vibrant too. Only con was the seating. We were seated at one of the long table and was too close to the next seat. I could hear their conversion a lot without interestion. That means they can too...

OT
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was thoughtful and delicious

c
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Interesting and tasty food with good service and a complimentary wine list. Good service and decor.
Only downside is that you are seated far too close to other diners on a long table. Not enough privacy for an intimate dining experience and quite hard to hear your dinner date.

AA
Melbourne / VIC
10 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a wonderful experience at Sunda. The food is destined to become a Melbourne icon and the service is consistently the best I've experienced. There is a reason people continue to go to Sunda- book your table advance so that you don't miss out, but they will always try to fit you in.

LS
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely place to have a birthday dinner. Great for all ages.

BE
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The experience was underwhelming and some of the staff weren't very attentive. I had a few dietary requirements (contacted the restaurant in advance to allow ample planning etc) however the meals felt like they were missing elements rather than a different / adapted version. My guest really wanted to order the Vegemite curry however it was sold out in the first sitting - very disappointing and strange for a Saturday night.

RO
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Love the ambiance and decor. Would definitely be back :)

HT
London
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A bit of a fusion gem, hidden in a Chinatown alley. Suda highlights Indian and Malaysian flavours with western flair. Take my recommendation and go for the chefs menu. Take everyone else’s recommendation and order the roti with vegemite (off menu, on request).

LM
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Definitely worth a visit. Food presentation is amazing. Food was good and great to share.
Was a little annoyed with the 2 hour seating when it took 20 mins to take our order.

JL
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always superb! The ‘not to be missed’ dishes are otak-otak and roti with vegemite curry. Highly recommend the degustation menu and matching wines ... never disappoints. When is the cookbook coming out?!

JC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Fantastic place in a different part of town, the food was incredible! loved it

L
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An awesome culinary experience - the texture and fusion of the east and west was done superbly. Highly recommend.

RN
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Amazing food! Great value. The seating configuration might not be what we're looking for at a "full service" restaurant because it's too close to each other. But overall, it is a very recommendable place

T
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had the Chef's selection and every single dish was a stand-alone highlight. Service was excellent, friendly, efficient and unobtrusive. Special mention to the Sunda 'pav', can't wait to go back and eat through the entire menu

KM
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Some of our favourites were off the menu with the seasonal change. Lovely replacements at such high standards.

SA
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

5 out of 5. Went there for a girlfriends 40th and we were seated upstairs which was perfect. Needless to say we were the last to leave at midnight as everything about the restaurant was fantastic. The food, wine list, service and ambience. All brilliant, just make sure you get your roti bread order in quickly as they run out!!

AD
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure for the palate. Great kitchen and professional staff.

JD
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unique flavours, delicious food. Down to earth service but highly professional.

KM
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food5service4ambience3

Food was to die for but it was noisey and I would have enjoyed it more if it wasn’t shared seating.

Portions could have been larger. We got the set menu and I left hungry 😔

OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Interesting delicious food with great service. The staff were helpful and knowledgeable. Food was fantastic.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Great service and perfect for birthday occasion

BS
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect, loved it. Can't wait to come back, even though I have been MANY times.

FL
Nashville
12 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic small shareable plates meticulously prepared, wonderfully flavored and artistically presented. Our server was delightful and knowledgeable. She selected several wonderful wine pairings. Terrific all around!

JB
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

For entré we had the pie tea, the rendang pie and the roti; the pie tea had an amazing balance in flavour tucked into a delicate crispy pastry however, my only complaints are that you only get one which is the size of a small mini cupcake. The rendang pie itself appeared underwhelming and the flavours did the job however, unfortunately wasn't something I'd write home about (WARNING: Although it did have a decent chilli kick). The roti was the absolute highlight of the entire meal for me. Made to order, fresh and golden crispy in the shape of a beautiful rose spiral. Matched with the vegemite curry dip was phenomenal (I hate vegemite mind you)
For mains, we ordered the Wagyu steak and noodles; the Wagyu steak was prepared and cooked to absolute perfection. Beautifully pink and melted in the mouth (literally). The noodles had a great flavour paired with crispy chicken crackling (can't go wrong there) was amazing however, eating a bowl full had me dripping like I had just finished a workout so WARNING: very spicy. Perfect for chilli hunters.
The waitress which served us was very friendly and accommodating, also provided us with insight into the menu. All in all, I would definitely be coming back next time I'm in Melbourne. 9.5/10 in my books.

BY
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Each dish was delicious and full of flavour. Our only criticism was the dessert (we had the pav) which my partner thought was too chocolatey for the rest of the dishes... something lighter and fruitier would have been great (either of the other items on the menu in fact) and I hate coffee, so it wasn't my cup of tea at all. However, it certainly didn't ruin our enjoyment of a wonderful meal. We'll be back.

RK
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was a true dining experience worth a revisit to try the dishes that we didn’t have.Clever use of space with the industrial building site theme was effective with emphasis on the lighting focusing on the food Service was attentive without being intrusive Sitting at the bar gave us the opportunity to see the staff working their magic with pride and attention to detail Every dish was an excellent attractive surprise with no exceptions

S
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, wine service and atmosphere. We couldn't have asked for a better night out

OT
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant food and spectacular service - I’m looking forward to my next visit

AM
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for a birthday dinner. The food is wonderful and artfully presented. Probably one of the best meals I’ve ever had. Thank you

AS
London
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, food and atmosphere. Does not disappoint at all.

J
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food was delicious but took a very long time to come out. This was rectified after we spoke to staff about this.
Excellent take on South East Asian cuisine - I'm Malaysian and the flavours and dishes were familiar, yet exiting and unique.

ST
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall1food3service3ambience3

After spending more than $300 for the evening to celebrate a happy occasion, the restaurant refused to serve the birthday cake which we brought along.

BH
Brisbane / QLD
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot for a family catchup. We ate early and upstairs, quiet and fabulous.

LE
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great night out celebrating a friend's birthday. Great atmosphere and great service.

I
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

It was a nice place. Apart from the male manager’s attitude, the rest was great.

JW
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Always love Sunda. Amazing food, decently priced and lots of options. Always actively think the music could be slightly louder to elevate the ambience factor, though. Service is quite good also.

MM
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic food with many highlights including the spanner crab, roti, pies.

R
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the absolute best meals I’ve had in Australia. Delicious. Creative. Fun. Beautiful food.