EZARD in Melbourne’s CBD is one of the most respected dining institutions in the city. Established in 1999 by chef Teage Ezard and now with two hats, EZARD champions fine degustation dining and the Australian freestyle approach to cooking, where chefs are encouraged to take ideas from elsewhere – particularly Southeast Asia – and apply them to Australian produce. The result is a series of menus from tasting to pre-theatre that are unmissable in the Melbourne CBD. Right on Flinders Lane, a truly hot dining destination, EZARD Melbourne is one of those restaurants that you remember for years after you’ve dined. Reserve your table now.
EZARD Melbourne is an extremely stylish restaurant but one that never tries too hard. The dining space is chic and modern, yet simple enough to ensure the magnificent food is allowed to do all of the talking. This is one of the many, many reasons why EZARD Melbourne has earnt two hats in the 20 years since it has been established, as well as the time, dedication and flair that chef Teage Ezard ensures goes into the food. He loves to make use of the finest Australian produce but is also known in the industry for his ability to balance the Thai flavour profiles of salty, sour, hot and sweet.
So what can you eat at EZARD Melbourne? Head to Flinders Lance to enjoy eight- or five-course tasting menus that can be vegetarian or vegan if you wish, with beverage and non-alcoholic beverage pairing available as well. Then there’s the a la carte menu featuring mains like Chinese-style duck with black rice, roasted chilli, Japanese turnip and spring onion, and desserts like glazed lemon tart with mandarin, almond crumble and sheeps yoghurt. Monday to Thursday EZARD offers a choice between one of the signature tasting menus, either five or eight courses, or the standard a la carte. Then on Friday and Saturday there’s a choice between the signature eight-course tasting menu or a fixed price three course option. If all this sounds up your alley, reserve a table now.
Was really looking forward to this dinner to celebrate our wedding anniversary with my wife. We'd never been to Ezard before and had a lot of people tell us how good it was. First impressions were good, if a little rowdy and noisy, but the table was very nice with my wife afforded a panoramic view of the room's action from the banquette. The maitre'd offered us a drink as soon as we sat down, which came quickly. Then our waiter (Stuart) appeared and mumbled through the menu, which couldn't be heard over the background din, and scurried away. Then we waited... and waited... and waited... after 25 mins I announced to another waiter clearing an adjacent table that we were ready to order and she retrieved our waiter again who took our orders. Then we waited, and waited, and waited some more. Over the next hour and a half we received three starters which were a mouthful each, admittedly very tasty though. My wife noticed the service from the waiter was clumsy too, with cutlery placed randomly on the table and he reached across our faces to fill glasses. Finally, after being there for 2 hours, our main courses arrived and were underwhelmingly small. My wife ordered the waygu beef and it arrived as 3 or 4 tiny 1 cm cubes. Where the starters were a mouthful, the mains were two or three mouthfuls, but again they were delicious. After the main we changed our desert order from the platter to the single items so that we could get out before our babysitter fossilised at home. The the bill arrived and for what we received in terms of service and food quantity, we were disappointed. We spent too much, were there for way too long and received too little.
I found that the restaurant was very noisy, and I had trouble hearing and understanding the waiters description of the 8 courses that we had. Also why do restaurants have such small writing on the menus, difficult to read. Nothing in the 8 courses really wowed me, except for the Oyster shooter.The wine waiter was very good and knowledgeable and they have an excellent wine list. For what you get though, I think it is way over priced. I wont go back in a hurry
Just the right amount of food for the 5 course, not too rich and not too filling. I could do with less dessert. I would definitely go again!