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“Modern Italian in a buzzy and hip ambience”
Review of Mama Baba - CLOSED

Mama Baba
Cuisines: Greek, Italian
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Chapel Street
Melbourne, Australia
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450 reviews
269 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 218 helpful votes
“Modern Italian in a buzzy and hip ambience”
Reviewed February 4, 2013

Don't be turned off by the stark cold cement walls and canteen style layout. Well there's a splash of colour of the liqeur bottles and lighting to take away the starkness. The decor thankfully is not reflected in the food, it is modern Italian....smartly served, flavoursome and just the right amount. I particularly like the prawn tortellini. The wine menu is good and cocktail list sound unpretentiously delicious though I did not try any....well next time for sure. The food service is quick but not hurried. The staff service was attentive and efficient though a tad distant. The restaurant was busy for a Monday night. Definitely a place to return to....with friends and hang out at the long bar??

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank Jeffrey C
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English first
Auckland, New Zealand
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69 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Simply Delicious”
Reviewed February 3, 2013

We were recommended by a friend during our visit to Melbourne for the tennis. We took a cab from city and was pleased we travelled the little distance to experience the beautiful,interesting food served in this restaurant. We arrived around 9 pm and got promptly seated and given suggestions of what would intrigue on the menu. Mainly centred around dishes made from homemade pasta. The mix of Italian & Greek was pure genius. The desserts are to die for, so save some room.

Visited January 2013
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Thank Dolly D
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MAdE_Est, Owner at Mama Baba, responded to this review, February 7, 2013
Thank you for your lovely review @Dolly D.

We are thrilled that you enjoyed your dining experience at Mama Baba, and loved the Italian & Greek menu options.

We look forward to welcoming you back again next time you are in Melbourne.
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Tasmania
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84 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“Okay”
Reviewed February 1, 2013

We were a little disappointed with our meal here, first of all the ambience is noisy and hectic, which we did expect after reading the reviews on here but wasn't really conducive to a relaxing meal. The wait staff were polite and sorted a mix up with the order quickly but they were very business like and fast!
The food was ok but I've certainly had better pasta elsewhere, the wine choice was impressive but so were the prices, I settled for a glass of Italian white which to be honest was terrible and at $11 a glass I felt very cheated.
Overall, we enjoyed our meal, I always love not cooking and washing up but I think there are so many better places to spend your money at.

  • Visited January 2013
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Thank TasDevils
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MAdE_Est, Owner at Mama Baba, responded to this review, February 7, 2013
Thank you for your feedback. We enjoy reading both positive and negative reviews as we feel feedback is the best way to continuously improve our offering.

We apologise that you did not enjoy their your dining experience and regret that this was the case as we hold ourselves to high standards in this regard.

I have sent you a message with the venue manager’s contact details and encourage you to get in touch.
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Perth, Australia
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68 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Lovely food, delightful service”
Reviewed January 28, 2013 via mobile

My wife and I were wandering along Chapel st and decided to give Mama Baba a go for dinner. We were not disappointed! To start with the service was exceptional: friendly and informative. We chose the $55 per head Mama meal and what a meal it was - each dish outstanding in its simplicity yet perfect combination of flavours and textures. 13 dishes in all and wevwalked out stuffed. My personal favourite the blue eye served on a bed of puréed red capsicum: delicious both to the taste buds and visually. Ill go back!!!

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Thank Barratt67
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MAdE_Est, Owner at Mama Baba, responded to this review, February 7, 2013
Thanks for your review @Barratt67.

We are delighted that you and your wife enjoyed your dinner at Mama Baba, especially the blue eye.

We look forward to welcoming you both back again soon.
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Port Douglas, Australia
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109 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Overrated”
Reviewed January 25, 2013

We had the set menu. Found the food disappointing . Spice combinations that missed the mark more pretence then delicious .more trendy then quality

  • Visited January 2013
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MAdE_Est, Owner at Mama Baba, responded to this review, February 7, 2013
Thank you for your feedback. We enjoy reading both positive and negative reviews as we feel feedback is the best way to continuously improve our offering.

We apologise that you did not enjoy their your dining experience and regret that this was the case as we hold ourselves to high standards in this regard.

I have sent you a message with the venue manager’s contact details and encourage you to get in touch.
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