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“Beats Burgundy for a complete experience”
Review of Bella Vedere Cucina - CLOSED

Bella Vedere Cucina
Cuisines: Australian
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Melbourne, Australia
Level Contributor
41 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Beats Burgundy for a complete experience”
Reviewed July 13, 2013

This place is a good example of the thoughtful combination of food, wine and atmosphere that characterises the better Yarra Valley wineries. It's a refreshing experience. Quite honestly, from time to time in the wineries of Burgundy in France, you get the distinct impression that they really can't be bothered with visitors. Their wines will sell at a premium price around the world anyway, so there's really no incentive to try very hard. And they certainly have no interest in providing any food at all to complement their wines. Most vintners in the Yarra Valley realise that they are in a much more competitive game and accordingly they try harder to craft a complete and enjoyable experience. That awareness shows at Bella Vedere at breakfast time. Sit in just the right place, you will have a good view of the chefs at work. And then you can enjoy the wonderful fruits of their labors. And, believe me, enjoy them you will. The flavor combinations are surprising, although you may well spot the origins of a few of them in the nearby kitchen garden. And then you can nip into the wine tasting room, where the well informed staff will guide you through the estate's signature offerings. After all of that, you have the rest of the Yarra Valley on offer. Relax and enjoy it.

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank Sophie989
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  • English first
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English first
Broadbeach, Australia
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Surprised :(”
Reviewed July 7, 2013

Um....... We were very surprised. Was highly recommended to us by a prominent Melbourne Business owner but it was far from what we experienced at other top restaurants in the Yarra/Mornington winery region in the 6 days of our Holiday.

My wifes Pork was express delivered from the local RSL and was poor. My meals were nice , but far from the standard that we were expecting.

The waiter then sat down at the table opposite us and had a good old chin wag with the table of 8 , who were quite surprised.

Bad start to our Yarra Valley experience , but it did get a lot better.

Sorry Bella Vedere, being sincerely honest :(

  • Visited June 2013
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1 Thank Ben P
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Western Australia, Australia
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85 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
“Disappointing meal”
Reviewed July 1, 2013

We were taken to this restaurant for lunch during our recent visit to Melbourne. It was the most disappointing meal during our entire trip. There was nothing special about the restaurant - food was just edible, not particularly tasty or special. For example the roast pork was plainly ordinary, salmon soufflé was quite dry, beef bourguignon quite tasteless. Chocolate mud cake & lemon meringue pies didn't look particularly appetising - so none of us ordered desert.

This restaurant was an unfortunate choice as there are so many other great restaurants in the area.

  • Visited June 2013
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1 Thank travelmaker4
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great food, interesting service”
Reviewed June 24, 2013

After reading many great (and some hilariously bad) reviews, we decided to visit Bella Vedere and see for ourselves. When I called to make a reservation, I asked whether there were many vegetarian options as my boyfriend and I are both vegos. I was told that if there was nothing to my liking on the menu, the chefs would make up something.
Upon looking at the menu, there weren't many vego options, so we chose one from the menu and I asked whether we could get something made up. The chefs made up a big plate with an assortment of tasty vegetarian items. The food was all delicious, and the wine we had was delicious (a Pimpernel pinot noir no.1). The waiter was quirky, entertaining (boyfriend said it was like he had multiple personalities), but seemed to disappear a lot, so the service wasn't the quickest. Overall though, a good dining experience.

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank Natahlia C
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Melbourne, Australia
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Dickensen fare!”
Reviewed April 13, 2013

Never one to rubbish an establishment this required just cause. Two words and one result...ov er priced, amateur....and unforgiveable!

  • Visited January 2013
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2 Thank arthursomali
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