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“A local celebration” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Markov Place

Markov Place
350 Drummond Street | Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria 3053, Australia (Carlton)
+61 3 9347 7113
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Ranked #564 of 3,965 restaurants in Melbourne
Price range: $15 - $25
Cuisines: Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Neighborhood: Carlton
Description: One of the youngest chefs to ever be awarded a Chefs Hat by The Age, Head Chef Trumble Dewe has taken the reins at Markov Place and introduced his contemporary European style to the smart bar and bistro.Trumble and the Markov team create sophisticated dishes that showcase the finest Australian produce and modern techniques. The menu is constantly evolving and is both elegant and accessible.
12 reviews 12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“A local celebration”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2011

In a city where both fine dining and casual dining is virtually on-tap, finding something that is a little different, but special can be a challenge. Markov Pl is an excellent showcase of local Australian produce in a very stylish, yet relaxed environment.

The staff are all very helpful, calm and professional. Please do take their recommendations regarding the best way and portions to order. It may be a little confusing if trying to order a la carte, as your mind will default to think of the menu in terms of entree, starter, main and dessert. The food will come out continuously, and as the only vegetarian in a party of three, I was never without food in front of me.

Between three we ordered: zucchini flower, confit tomaato and mozzarella; zucchini, feta and dill fritters; beets, grains, yoghurt and dukkah; pork and pistachio terrine, honey pickled apply and onion jam; asparagus, crisp hens egg, radish and milk crumbs; cured Ocean Trout, potato, beetroot and fromage blanc and a dessert each (apple tart-tartin with vanilla ice cream and caramel and mango curd, passionfruit and coconut crumble). Total cost of the food was just over $122 for 3 people, and we all had a chance to taste everything we wanted to, and go back for a little more.

This is very local to where I live, and is a perfect venue for adults and those who appreciate quality over quantity. It was noticeable that it was mostly women dining the evening we were there - it's not a place for big hearty meat-loving diners.

Highly recommended for sharing - this is modern tapas style dining close to the city. Delicious flavours, and the aroma when we entered of an apple tarte-tartin had us from the first moment. All of the flavours were fresh and clean and the dishes light but we were quite satisfied at the end of the night with the inclusion of the dessert. The only thing I would not order again would be the beets with dukkah, but otherwise an excellent night out.

  • Visited December 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“The Local's Local in Carlton...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2011

Markov Place has been a little hidden gem in Carlton's ever so big restaurant scene for quite some time now. A couple of nice differences, a) It is not on Lygon Street, b) It doesn't service Pizza and Pasta, c) It has the best bar in the area, and one coolest in town, and d) It's not on Lygon Street. Cool, low key and away from the crowds. Food is very good, especially for price, and a great drink selection of beers and wines (a lot of Spanish flavour as does the decor). I am a Carlton local, and this is the sort of local hangout I look for on Tripadvisor when I am abroad.

  • Visited September 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Make mine a Markov”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2011

Strolling through Carlton having returned to visit my old hood from years ago, my friend and I were delighted to come across Little Markov.  A cool and relaxed vibe hitting us through the open windows with clientele to match, we went in to check it out.  And found there was more! An old warehouse out the back, Markov Place, was just as busy, rolling out delicious dishes to their locals.  Oysters, fishcakes, tapas..we tried them all and I suggest so should you! A smart yet simple and super tasty  Mediterranean vibe menu will not disappoint. This little place (well 2 places I guess) is a breath of fresh air, and fresh food, in this area. Affordable, cool, atmospheric, an impressive wine selection and friendly chilled staff who know their stuff = CHECK IT OUT! Pop in and blend in with the locals...a pre (and perhaps post) tipple in Little Markov either side of your meal will deliver a great evening in the hidden world of Markov...a world you will become fond of very quickly!!  

  • Visited April 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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