Pei Modern, Melbourne, recently took Good Food Guide’s Best New Restaurant 2013, but it certainly isn’t the only restaurant receiving rave reviews for service in the city. Here are three of the city’s most personable eateries.


The crew at Pinotta describe their food as European peasant fare, but the service leans more toward cultured-family-warmth instead.

Choose something from the specials menu and enjoy a passionate description of the seasonal produce they’ve reinvented into something hearty, wholesome and good for the soul.

32 Best St, Fitzroy North Village.


If you prefer your cocktail bars with a dose of good manners, you’ll enjoy this Japanese-inspired treasure.

Once seated you’ll be served a thoughtful hot towel to cleanse away your day before your choice of bar snacks arrive including fresh oysters or lobster, cucumber and caviar temaki roll.

After a few cocktails though, it may be your manners in question.

First Floor, 1 Flinders Lane, CBD. See


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Sometimes the level of service depends on who you get on the night.

But not at Epocha, with charming Guy leading you through his share plate suggestions, Angie introducing you to new cheeses that you never knew existed, and Dan seducing you with the dessert cart.

Complete the experience with a post-dinner cocktail upstairs with Conan, and you’ll leave feeling that little more loved.

49 Rathdowne St, Carlton. See

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