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“Food fabulous, place deafening” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Saint Crispin

Saint Crispin
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Ranked #1 of 123 Restaurants in Collingwood
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Australian, Contemporary
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Good for: Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Located in the heart of Collingwood, Saint Crispin's kitchen, run by chef Joe Grbac, prepares a finely considered contemporary menu that's amended daily according to nature's bounty. The dining room bar is a great perch to watch all the action and serves equally mulled over cocktails, wines, ales and champagnes. We also boast a couple of beautifully furnished private dining rooms upstairs.
Philadelphia
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162 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Food fabulous, place deafening”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 19, 2014

We took equally "mature" friends here and are not the target market...the four of us had a hard time yelling over the clanking kitchen and the loud music. However, I thought the food was worth it and would go again. The dishes were brilliant! Lots of complex flavors running around each dish, but they "worked". My heirloom tomato with burrata can be a pallid dish normally, but this was lively and delicious. The barramundi was crispy outside but moist and flaky inside and similarly flavor-surrounded. Bread excellent. My companions were not as enthusiastic about their chicken and pork, but pronounced them very good and enjoyed the meal. The neighborhood is "gritty", but the trip was worth it. Just ask for a quiet table.

Visited January 2014
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English first
Melbourne, Australia
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17 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Deliciously cheap”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 20, 2013

We just had the pleasure of dining here for the second time and are happy to report that the food has remained consistently amazing. The dishes are no doubt beautiful. But it's the subtle use of less commonly used ingredients such as "ash and squid ink" that make this restaurant memorable. The Maitre here deserves a very honourable mention too.

As others have already hinted; the 3 course meal at $60 is well underpriced for food at this level. Our favourite dishes would be the waygu, atlantic salmon and blood orange parfait.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank JamAndHoney
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West .Australia
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47 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“An event , not just a meal!.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 15, 2013

Spotted review in Qantas In Flight magazine in October & were intrigued so tracked it down. This was an event not just a meal..We took advantage of the 2 courses for $50.00 & were absolutely delighted with ambience ( quirky), cruisy dinner music, transparency of kitchen including actual plating. Twas like an episode of Master Chef in action.We ordered a lovely 2009 N.Z. Chenin for $45.00 which proved a bargain. 4 or 5 staff were all most attentive & tho you may consider this an overkill, we were impressed & not feeling overpowered particularly as all seats were taken. The two owners have track records in notable city restaurants.
Spanner crab shared , Lamb Main & Swordfish were all top class followed by Blood Orange Parfait. also shared so we extracted maximum tasting for our $50.00 special.
Due respect to earlier contributor for glitches experienced with service but fortunately, not our experience which was also in the busy 6-8 P.M. slot , with us vacating at 8P.M. sharp.
I am 81 & a regular contributor so age is not the problem. Sorry for them. Try to stay a little further away from Kitchen

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank petanne
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Moorooduc, Australia
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162 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
“Check out the bar!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 14, 2013

We dined here with friends recently. Food, service and atmosphere all excellent! Pop upstairs to the new bar for drinks before dinner!

  • Visited December 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Albany, WA
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57 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Beautiful food at a reasonable price”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2013

We went to St Crispin's for Sunday lunch and we weren't disappointed.
We did the 2 courses for $50 a head which was very reasonable for the fantastic food experience.
We had a local (Mornington Peninsula) wine which was great value. I am surprised the wine list doesn't have more great Victorian wines.
The only downside was the level of noise as the restuarant filled. One of our party has hearing loss and it was a real strain for her. This is typical of many modern restuarants. It is time for interior designers to wake up to this problem. Dining is a social experience. If you want noise, go to a pub.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Stoz_ichi
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