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“Much better cafes in the area”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Lava in Balaclava

Lava in Balaclava
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Ranked #66 of 282 Restaurants in St Kilda
Cuisines: Italian, Cafe
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Good for: Kids, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
St Kilda
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39 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Much better cafes in the area”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 3, 2013 via mobile

I have visited a few times, but I have now stopped. The food is very ordinary. There are better cafes in the area.

  • Visited May 2012
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  • English first
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English first
Melbourne
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68 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“try the houmous”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 6, 2013

really love this place. The meat melts in your mouth. The traditional hummus and tahini is so good it reminds me of the middle east. Excellent customer service by staff. Very satisfying meals. Enjoy the herb bagel with cheese. Shall return for more

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank paulus1982
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BELLINGHAM
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74 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“We became regulars!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 18, 2013

Great food, nice atmosphere, friendly staff, and people who remember you - what more could you ask for? Plus they were willing to make substitutions to the menu - we love this place!

Visited February 2013
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Thank phebess
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Dallas, Texas
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121 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 152 helpful votes
“Great service”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2013

We had a very nice evening at Lava. Fabulous, attentive service. The food was good, but could have used more seasoning. The spicy chicken wasn't, it lacked any kind of zing and my salad dressing needed salt and acid. That said, the portions are generous and the ingredients very fresh.

  • Visited January 2013
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Thank 2020trav
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Melbourne, Australia
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169 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“A favourite on Carlisle Street”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 25, 2012

Relaxed, interesting menu that caters well for vegetarians. Staff are generally friendly. Enjoyed the breakfast, early or late, still good.

  • Visited November 2012
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Thank CilliA
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