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“Bar Idda” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Bar Idda

Bar Idda
132 Lygon Street, Brunswick East, Moreland, Victoria VIC 3057, Australia
9380 5339
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Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Essendon
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“Bar Idda”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

Just called in for a quick 'after dinner' coffee and was very impressed with the friendly service. Looking forward to returning for dinner soon.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Carlton
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158 reviews 158 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
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“Real Sicily, great food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2013

We had dinner here on Thursday 2/5. The room is small with high ceilings all painted white. It is an old shopfront in Lygon St with a veranda. There isn't much room inside and not much room between tables but this didn't seem to bother the friendly crowd inside. The wait staff were welcoming and charming, efficient but more like eating with family.The food is real Sicilian, delicious and a little bit different. Husband had rabbit with cous cous, I had cotoletta. We had a carrot dish and the house salad: bitter greens and sultana dressing. We shared little fritters and a arancini for starters. The dishes were all fresh, tasty and interesting. We will definitely be back.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Melbourne
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“Top Sicilian food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013

Our second time in 12 months, and the experience was consistant. Its very, very good Sicilian food (definitely not your Lygon Street fare), but the restaurant can still improve in a couple of areas.
The seating room at the front window is a great spot for a drink and nibbles, if thats what you are after. For a meal, try to get a table nearer the front, as the seating area toward the back and closer to the kitchen, is somewhat on the cramped side. The staff are friendly, cheerful and know their food, but it seems to take a bit of time before the meal orders are taken. However, the food comes in good time once the order is in.
The wine and beer lists have a good spread of Italian offerings. When its warm weather, the Sicilian Spritzer makes a nice, light fruity drink for starters. The food is simply all good, and sharing is definitely the way to go. None of the starters or mains will disappoint. The eggplant roll, pork belly quail wrap and marinated swordfish entrees are not to be missed. On the mains, the BBQ fish, lamb and meat ball dishes are standouts. However, its worth going for the daily special which on this occasion was a terrific meatloaf. Sides are just as good, and the fried peas, roasted peppers and cauliflower are just great. If you have room for dessert, the brioche is the way to go. Servings are not large, and prices are about mid level, but our groups on both dining occasions were more than satisfied with the value and dining experience.
There are a couple of nagging things. The tables are covered with plastic which is practical and still looks OK, but is not all that pleasant to dine on. Also, to charge for the olive oil which goes with the bread seems somewhat petty.
However, have no hesitation in trying this if you are looking for really good Italian food.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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London, United Kingdom
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“Sooooooo good!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

Just go here. Seriously, it's excellent. I went with my husband and three friends to have a final meal together before we fly back to the UK and I'm so glad they took us to this place. It's very honest Sicilian cooking in a homely, shabby chic type environment but the dishes were anything but shabby. I pretty much loved everything and the lamb, for which they are legendary, was stunning, as was the iceberg salad with shaved pecorino (i think) snow (I know right?). All the wines we tried were delicious and the deserts were excellent too. If I lived in Melbourne this would be a regular haunt.

  • 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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Melbourne, Vic
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“Disappointing service”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012

Visited in a group. Very slow service until the order was placed, but pleasant wait staff. Food was tasty and very different...Sicily is definitely not Italy it seems. Lots of fried food. Small plates, tapas style and meant for sharing. The cannoli for dessert was excellent but the cassata, praised in other reviews was over sweet and somewhat disappointing. In all an interesting and different experience, but once will be enough for me.

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