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“Food & Service great!”
Review of Ombra Salumi Bar

Ombra Salumi Bar
Ranked #229 of 4,219 Restaurants in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Chinatown
Description: Ombra Salumi Bar is based on the ideals of preservation and enjoyment. Inspired by the ‘Salumerie’ of Italy Ombra will focus on delivering highest quality cured meats. This preservation refers to the produce as well as the preservation of lifestyle and culture. This makes the most of nature’s abundance by using techniques that for centuries have prolonged nature’s bounty through processes like drying, smoking, salting, fermenting, pickling and candying.
Reviewed July 21, 2014

Melbourne is a foodie's paradise and representative of Australia's $$ minerals/mining boom (Think Russia without the snow). It seems like everyone under 50 in this city of 4 million eats out every night of the week - and no doubt the older ones as well, just in different restos. This unfortunately leads, for tourists, to some crappy results; waiting for hours to get into Chinchin for mediocre food, a good number of "Tough luck, mate" responses from bored restaurants filled with locals.

How delightful to get into Ombra! Also full of folks, but with a manager who made it his business to get us in quickly to this unpretentious but great place. We had a variety of starters, all delicious; wonderful main dishes; desserts to die for, plus superb wine & beer. The atmosphere was lively, like most places in Melbourne, and our waitress (Sarah from Seattle) was both delightful and helpful. Not for the thrifty (tho our bill was based more on the variety of items we had, not on high prices) but the best meal we had during a three week tour of Australia.

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Grossi_Restaurants, Manager at Ombra Salumi Bar, responded to this reviewResponded July 28, 2014

so glad you enjoyed it. Hope to see you again soon.

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Reviewed July 17, 2014

Such a lovely place. Delicious food and fantastic atmosphere and service :-)
Carlo was very informative & we were happy to leave our meal choices upto him....we were not disappointed at all. You must try the "slider" .....melts in your mouth! Can't wait to go back :-)

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Reviewed July 15, 2014

We have eaten here five times in as many weeks, after we just happened on this tiny osteria. There is a friendly consistency with this eatery. The staff are all good, as are the wines by the glass and the food is tasty-simple, and excellent. Arguably the best pizza in the CBD. The owner is the son of God; Guy Grossi, so the food was always going to be good. It's nice that the focus is on easy going dishes and casual dining in a wonderfully designed tiny space. As city dwellers we will be here often, as long as the young staff offer a genuine smile and helpful assistance. (many don't!) Well done!

We would like to see some southern Italian whites by-the-glass on the list, especially as the texture of the restaurant is a homage to old Italy. Bring on the Greco di Tufo, Fiano di Avelino, Grillo, Vermentino, etc. Pinot grigio is such a bore.

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Reviewed July 14, 2014

My 14yo picked this from a list of recommended (by friends) Italian restaurants as she liked the look of the pizza on the website. We wanted something a bit different than a regular pizza restaurant and Ombra was perfect! When you walk in it has the feel of a bar and you could easily be in Europe. Upstairs there are tables but not too many so that it is noisy. We certainly could hear each other to have a conversation.

The waiter explained the menu and the specials. We had a mix of tapas, a serve of cured meat (prosciutto) and the pizzas. I'm not a huge cured meat eater but my husband said it was very good. We noticed other tables received their meats with bread and oil for dipping, we did not. I'm not sure what we needed to order but I suspect our error was ordering one type of meat instead of a platter - next time we will ask.

One of the specials was a crab slider - found this a bit heavy on the mayonnaise but quite nice. Wasn't impressed with the price - $13 for one. Have been to quite a few sharing / tapas restaurants recently and very few are $39 for 3 people. Would give this a miss next time in favour of a platter above.

Pizzas were very flavoursome and the crust was delicious. Well worth the price (from memory about $24 each) 4 large slices in each one.

Desert was super reasonable at $9 for a serve of 3 salted caramel profiteroles - a perfect end to a lovely meal.

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Reviewed July 13, 2014

Drinks first at Madame Brussells then over the road to Ombra right next door to Grossi Florentino...wonderful sharing menu with true Italian rustic food. The new waiter was a little below par for such a great restaurant but the Maitre 'D did a great job of double checking everything. Probably the best meal in Melbourne that week and so good I took friends along for lunch the next week which very easily slid into a very long Italian lunch delight

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