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“Classy”
Review of Persimmon

Persimmon
Ranked #857 of 4,245 Restaurants in Melbourne
Cuisines: Contemporary, International
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Dining options: Lunch, Reservations
Neighborhood: Southbank
Reviewed March 27, 2013

With it's beautiful sculpture garden outlook, smart service and inspiring menu, Persimmon is a winner. But, be warned, don't arrive too hungry, the meals are rather small. The john dory was excellent but the foaming whipped egg white accompaniment was rather odd. The Crunchy crab & scallop dumpling was however a disappointment, more deep fried and less "dumpling" than I would have wanted. The entree of tempura-like calamari had a strong sage flavour reminiscent of a dish from 1940's but it was interesting. Persimmon is also rather expensive compared to say its interstate competition at the Art Galley of NSW for in Sydney (for instance). Still, the clearly NGV is well worth a visit and is free. The Persimmon is not but they were kind enough to honour my interstate AGNSW membership with a 10% discount. It was overall a good lunch!

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Thank WernMachine
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Reviewed March 23, 2013

Melbourne has a number of good restaurants and as similar amount of very good art galleries, from modern art to stunning Australian and of course Aboriginal art..........so when you combine the two it can either be a hit or miss.....not in the case of the NGV and the beautiful Persimmon....set in the gardens with large windows, you feel like you are sitting in the gardens as you gaze around. The food is first rate and really good value...........the venue is only open for lunch as I understand its used for events in the evening and the gallery is open a few times a year in the evening........but it works.......the French chef according to the staff creates a number of fusion cooking, blending classic ingredients with different flavors....what ever it was it was really good....the chips were to die for!! Oh well the main course of salmon was perfectly cooked and the dessert really yummy! Service was sleek and friendly and needless to say the art work is a real delight to visit at the NGV.........the staff informed me that there is also a Tea Lounge.....so off I go......maybe I need a bit art work viewing first to walk off the first part.......

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Thank JohnTGN
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Reviewed March 19, 2013

i have a theory that restaurants in art galleries tend to be really good, and serve great food at good value prices. Persimmon totally confirmed my theory. It is a lovely light and airy room which looks out over a beautiful lawn and garden. I had wasabi-coated salmon with cucumber, avocado, and salmon roe which was delicious and tasty. The serving size was quite small so if you are hungry you will want to get a side dish too.

The staff were excellent too with fast service.

It would also be a brilliant place for those who want to escape the CBD at lunchtime. If I worked in the Melbourne CBD i would be skipping out over the bridge to this oasis on a regular basis

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Thank Pippip8
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Reviewed March 7, 2013

Persimmon is the main restaurant set in the National Gallery of Victoria International, in St Kilda Road, just next to the Arts Centre.(In addition to the restaurant, there is a coffee shop on the ground floor and an up-market tea room on the first floor.) Persimmon faces the sculpture garden at the rear of the Great Hall, so has lovely views of greenery and statues, with tall buildings as a backdrop. I seem to recall that in earlier days it was called the Garden Restaurant, and am absolutely sure it featured a delicious salad buffet for a very reasonable amount of money. It's always been a great place for a meal.

Lunches are still very reasonable in price. We were with friends during the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, so took advantage of the 'express lunch' deal of two courses, a glass of wine and coffee per person for $40.

First we were given some rolls, with oil. Yummy. Three choices per course were offered. My smoked salmon was particularly good. For their second course, the three others all ate the seafood in a light broth. My main was salmon, which was beautifully cooked. We all enjoyed our meals. We shared a side of spiced potatoes with spinach, but probably did not really need it because the meals were quite substantial. We all chose a glass of white wine.

Coffees were excellent, and served with a sweet treat.

We all agreed we should come back again, soon.

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Thank nocatnow
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Reviewed March 1, 2013

Nice venue overlooking the sculpture garden. I tried the Radiance offer
2-course meal in conjunction including the exhibition entrance ticket. I was pleasantly surprised with how good the meals were and would come back again.

Thank YYSydney
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