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Rating of 1 out of 5 stars
February 12, 2022
The marinated tuna, smoked salmon, boiled prawns and scallops were nice, the bay bugs were bit dry but i would say borderline satisfactory, very big bowl of thin chips provided (better eat it quick-ish if possible as ours became cold very quickly which was difficult to finish). Biggest disappointment for me are the soft shell crabs, they were not soft! (and i am being very honest here, it was so hard and chewy). I am unable to provide a review for the muscles and oysters as I tried 1 each but in general are not suited to my palette so I usually don't eat them.
We chose the house white wine which I personally enjoyed as it tasted well with the seafood, that being said, I am not a wine expert.
The staff are lovely, good service, overall just lacking in the food. In my opinion, the value for this seafood stack that I paid for is unfortunately not there. You do get full by the end of the dinner but for me it was due to so much chewing that needed to be done for the "soft" shell crab as well as trying to finish the chips.
Hope this review helps to give customers a good insight. I also hope customers who will be dining in this restaurant will have a better experience than I had with the restaurant listening to this review and making necessary changes to provide a better food service.
Staff dropped the tiered plates and side plate of scones without explanation of what the food was. They didn’t once come back and ask if we needed anything or ask how we were enjoying the food. The food was okay, but nothing exceptional. Party pies and sausage rolls and some soggy sandwiches. The petite eclairs were very dry. When we stood up to leave and exited no one said goodbye or asked us how the meal was. We would not go again based on this experience.
The seafood was not fresh and bland & there was no fish on the platter and only fries served as sides. the prawns were small & only hot prepared was soft shell crab which didn’t look fresh. Wasn’t very impressed as this was a gift to friends which was embarrassing that quality of food was poor. Definitely not worth $120 !!
Enjoy with cocktail, tartare sauce and a bowl of shoestring fries
Share a bottle of house sparkling wine
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About Essence Restaurant at Melbourne Marriott
The Essence Restaurant serves modern Australian cuisine in a setting designed to create a sense of relaxed luxury. Polished jarrah floors, a warm but muted colour palette, open-plan kitchen and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the street all contribute to its expansive aesthetic. The Essence is part of the five-star Marriott Hotel, at the corner of Exhibition and Lonsdale Streets.