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“Nice place to splash out” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Mirka

Mirka
Fitzroy St, St Kilda, Port Phillip, Victoria 3181, Australia
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Ranked #38 of 178 Restaurants in St Kilda
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
London, United Kingdom
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“Nice place to splash out”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013 via mobile

It was my final night in Australia so I decided I wanted to make my last meal special. Having been rudely treated at di Stasio across the road, my companion and I took our business to Mirka.

We were warmly welcomed but seated in a smallish room off to the side. The place was strangely empty so we asked if we could sit in the famous painted room. We'd been at the Heide Museum of Modern Art that day so the beautiful murals made a lot of sense once we were seated in front of them. Apparently the menu differs slightly between rooms.

Being two of only four customers we were well looked after by the staff and never made to feel we should go. Apart from one mix up on the orders, the food all arrived quickly and looked stunning. The crowning glory was the risotto nero. Silky smooth, tasting of fresh sea and containing satifyingly soft pieces of braised cuttlefish, this was a dish worth writing a review about.

The other light dishes we ordered (stuffed zucchini flowers, salmon tartare) were also well balanced and generous in their portion sizes. A decent glass of Tasmanian Pinot Noir washed it all down nicely.

Yes the prices are on the high side but quality and good service are guaranteed. Recommended for that special occasion.

Oh, one little gripe, the air conditioning was freezing but that was probably due to the fact there weren't enough warm bodied diners in the room.

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Grossi_Restaurants, Owner at Mirka, responded to this review, January 23, 2013
Thank you for trying Mirka.
We are pleased you enjoyed it.
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Melbourne, Australia
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19 reviews 19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
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“Excellent”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

My family and I lunched at Mirka one Sunday recently, as a birthday celebration, and it was everything you would hope for. The food was beautiful, service was efficient and professional, whilst remaining friendly, and the location was also good. Highly recommended, but if you are watching your pennies, it is slightly on the pricey side (worth it, though!!).

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Grossi_Restaurants, Owner at Mirka, responded to this review, January 15, 2013
thank you for dining with us at Mirka recently. We are pleased you enjoyed it and look forward to being able to look after you again soon.
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Excellent Italian Bistro with Beautiful Mirka murals”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

This is a great Melbourne institution which has been enhanced with signature Grossi. Very good food, wines & service make this a stand out Bistro offering very good value for money.
It has been one of our favourites for a long time, albeit with a gap in the late 90s when under different owners

Visited November 2012
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Grossi_Restaurants, Owner at Mirka, responded to this review, November 24, 2012
We are thrilled to hear that you enjoy Mirka Continental Bistro. We always look forward to serving you again.
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Perth, Australia
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“A quiet lunch together at Mirka one day............”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

We were very impressed with the food, wine, service, ambience and attention given to detail with this restaurant and would highly recommend it! Location was literally just over the road from the Urban Hotel where we stayed in St Kilda.

Visited October 2012
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“Continental Bistro - Fun Dining with Friends”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

Guy Grossi through his local television exposure and Italian background in the restaurant business is a consummate provider of great fare. Mirka is an ideal location to celebrate as we did doing 2 birthdays at once. The al fresco dining menu with shared plates was excellent and all 5 of us reckon it was a top evening. We thought the spare ribs / carciofi ripieni and the goat cutlets (special of the day) were great starters. The ravioli which four of us opted for was just that a as in one ravioli. It was just right after all the dishes we had enjoyed already. Two serves - yes two serves of the truffle fries also vanished and those who ate the very special deserts (and maybe shouldn't have) were in raptures, Mirka - great fresh food, good service, ample wine selection did it very nicely for us. Allow about $150 a head + tip

  • Visited October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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