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Askal, Melbourne, AU-VIC

Askal

4.3
4.3
46 Reviews
$41 to $100
Filipino
Askal is Melbourne’s newest contemporary Filipino restaurant and bar located on 167 Exhibition Street. Comprised of a dynamic team of culinary experts, Askal is a three-storey establishment sits in a historical building from the 1800s. The menu is a celebration of traditional Filipino flavours and techniques, showcasing bold and vibrant dishes inspired by ancestral recipes passed down through generations.

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2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 14 times today
Experiences are available.

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $41 to $100
  • Cuisines
    Filipino, Wine Bar, Cocktail Bar
  • Hours of Operation
    Tue–Sat 5:30 pm–11:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (03) 9639 2795
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive Chef
    John Rivera
  • Area
    Melbourne CBD
  • Cross Street
    Exhibition Street & Bourke Street
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Public Transit
    Tram 86 Stop.<br />Close to Parliament Station
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • BAHALA KA NA - Feed Me

    $95.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Experience Askal's vibrant and sumptuous menu! Enjoy a sharing banquet menu for the entire table that will showcase the diverse flavours and techniques for Filipino cuisine $120 per person Note: unfortunately, we are unable to cater for fructose, onion and garlic intolerances
    BAHALA KA NA  - Feed Me photo

What 46 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseEnergetic

Loved For

  • City Centre

    Great for creative cocktails

46 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Happy that we got accommodated earlier than our booked slot. Food was flavourful! Only the pancit which for me is good but hope it was less spicy and salty, we thought the chillimansi soy sauce was put too much? We finished our food and might come back but will order in an ala carte as we can order other foods.

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  2. Dani

    Gold Coast

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food is delicious! Tasty and elevated Filipino food. Definitely make your way through the cocktail list too! Service exceptional. Great experience.

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  3. LeenaSilberer

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such a lovely vibe and warm and attentive hosts. Unfortunately the food just wasn’t up to par. Crab lost in a very strong sambal style sauce in noodles, very oily and saucy deep fried fritter. Cocktails were ok but not amazing. Dessert was great. Hoping the dishes can be improved, I would be back.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great ambience! The venue wasn't so loud that we couldn't hear each other speak. The dishes we ordered were very tasty and gave a nod to the nostalgia we grew up with in eating Filipino food; all with a modern approach. Service was exceptional and we were keenly looked after, without being overserviced. The waiters were personable especially the person who sat us down - that person was an absolute delight and knew how to deliver on a lovely experience!

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Authentic filipino flavour but uplifted. The food and service is truly worth as a fine dining experience.

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  6. RobertoB

    Melbourne

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 16 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent venue with very professional friendly service. We had the feed me menu at $95 per head plus a few extras as suggested by lovely Jess. Great food presented timely and exquisite in taste. The venue is both great for an intimate dinner, a large group dinner or sit at the bar where you will witness the smooth operation of Askal. Not to forget a great wine list of which we had 2 bottles 1 of Pinot Noir and a Riesling both from the border of Austria and Germany. A simply magnificent night. I will be back. 🙏 A special thankyou also goes to Carlos for his professionalism and personality.

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  7. Davey

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    the food and service is great. Staff were accommodating and takes rime to explain the food.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food is next level !!!⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Love it best part there's a big wow factor

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  9. TiffanyC

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great representation of Filipino cuisine with a modern twist. Great flavours and a beautiful meal. Super grateful that they also catered for my 2.5 year old with her own meal.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Feed Me menu is well worth it - the wagyu oyster blade with claypot rice and bone marrow was the highlight.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely place to dine! Amazing food coupled with great drinks. Atmosphere was buzzing. The staff were super friendly and accommodating.

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  12. EjDe

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 4 May 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was really good. The scallop adobo, karekare donuts, mushroom piaparan were standout. Unfortunately the service we experienced didn’t do the effort and creativity of the food justice. The service lacked energy and felt like they’ve given up on lunch service (we arrived 150pm), struggle to get our waters topped up. Maybe they are still polishing the systems since it recently opened. I’d still recommend to a friend. Would love to see the growth and progress.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such a special dining experience. Food was delicious and filling. Went for my friends birthday and the servers were awesome at keeping the vibes alive.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 2 May 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food, service, and ambience are all good. Whilst I find it tricky to modernise Filipino cuisine, I do think they did a good job. From the overall experience though, I find it on the pricey end.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best elevated Filo restaurant in Melbourne! Loved everything we’ve ordered 👌🏻 coming back soon !

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  16. Anon

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Deserves a five star service. Top notch customer service. Staff are very attentive and informative. Food is utmost quality and has a great twist on Filipino dishes. Finally, we have a high-end fusion Filipino restaurant that you can be proud of in Melbourne.

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  17. Olivia

    Exclusive

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 20 April 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent beef dish but the fish was unfortunately terrible . Great service from staff otherwise !

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing flavours and ingredients showcasing Filipino cuisine. Cocktail menu is very unique and impressive. The staff were lovely and enhanced our experience by their knowledge and recommendations.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 19 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Exciting Filipino based flavours done in a contemporary and thoughtful manner without being over engineered. Loved it and will return.

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  20. ETlovefood

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Love the ambience, buzzing and fast pace. Alive restaurant even for weeknight. A little noisy, a bit difficult to hear one another, but it maybe part of the ambience. Food was excellent. Table service was excellent but can be improved with better attention to detail. Friendly and charming waiting staff. Will still recommend to friends.

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  21. foodhunter

    Victoria

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 13 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was amazing except for The chicken at the end of the course .. it was so chewy that we thought that it’s undercooked. The tables were really close and we could hear every conversation of the table next to us and they were really loud too..

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Was good, very different experience and also great service everyone is nice and knows what they doing

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  23. xiaoyangcaicai

    Melbourne

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 April 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    I don't know why every dish is so oily. The deep-fried sweet potato lacks the distinctive flavor of sweet potato; instead, it's overwhelmed by the taste of oil.

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  24. ShaneR

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 9 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A fantastic experience. Curated wine with a delicious meal offering. The attentive staff made our night even more special. If this is a taste of what the Philippines has to offer I’m going to book a holiday asap.

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  25. annabelleddm214

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 6 April 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    A bit pricey for two people for dinner during Saturday weekend,we had two entree and another two entree,the serving were not massive,the main was shared with me and my husband,an ube cake for dessert and a bottle of beer and two cocktails it cost us $355 with 10%tip,the thing that left a bad taste in my mouth and was the entree: Askal stem flakes with sea urchin,the sea urchin was off,it had a bad smell and taste,I did mentioned it to one of the owner. I knew the restaurant was just newly opened but it needs more improvement.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 5 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best filipino fine dining I’ve been to. The kare-kare donut made you question your entire life.

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  27. ChristopherM

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 5 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Hey guys. Everything was great. Food packed with flavour, drinks and service. The change in music spot on for Friday night 😉

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We really enjoyed our dinner at Askal. Been looking on good Filipino restaurant and it is very close to the authentic one. We didn’t get time to take photos on the food because we had right away 😂 we had 2 orders of sisig, palabok, pork bbq skewer, fresh oysters with black caviar and leche flan with caramelised rum for 2 people.

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  29. JamieY

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Definitely will come back again , very genuine service , good are all amazing especially the bone marrow M9 Waygu beef claypot rice . Love the vibes of the restaurant as well

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 30 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had the Bahala Na “Feed me” menu and we were blown away with it. Truly a high-end Aussie spin on Filipino classics. This both satiated our appetites and our homesicknesses. The bbq pork skewer, sweet potato ukoy and the halo halo are definitely something we’d order again but keen to try the rest of the menu.

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  31. LorenaM

    Melbourne

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 March 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The restaurant itself is lovely, great interior/ambiance. The cocktail I had, the Ibong Adarna was very tasty. I ordered the prawns, they were a stand out. The rest of the dishes I had kinilaw & chicken lechon were bland, it would be better if the flavours were elevated. The bun de coco was delicious but too small, it was basically bite size for what you pay which I thought was a rip off. I also tried the Leche flan, it had an odd taste to it, a bit bitter. All up it ok nothing exciting. I was hoping to be wowed as the dishes are presented well but lack flavour.

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  32. JanineC

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I’ve rarely written reviews for any restaurants but my experience here was AMAZING. The atmosphere was nice and vibrant. My partner & I had the “Feed me” menu and everything we ate honestly hit home. The portions were perfect that we almost rolled out of the restaurant. The Ube cake is a MUST try!!! It was the best Uber dessert I’ve eaten. The cake was fluffy and the cream was delicious and light!!! The freeze dried strawberries on top was a perfect touch! I can’t wait to come back again and bring all my family and friends!!

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  33. carmenramen

    Melbourne

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 21 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My sister and I celebrated our birthday here recently over dinner. We sat at the bar and had such an amazing time. Jess, who looked after us throughout the evening was so helpful, attentive and friendly - she absolutely made our night! The bar staff were also super nice and showed us great hospitality. Food was delicious - our favourites were the chargrilled prawns, pandesal and scallops. The beef pares claypot rice was so rich and flavourful too but wish we had some crispier bits of rice at the bottom of the pot. Cocktails are a must here too with something interesting on the menu that will suit all tastes. Will hopefully come back one day soon to try the remainder of the menu!

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  34. Tomg

    Victoria

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 21 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Not your traditional Filipino food but flavours were amazing and loved the take on some of the dishes. Pricey but worth it for the experience and left very full

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  35. RandR

    Melbourne

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 March 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great vibe and excellent cocktails and wine selection, however, the food is hit and miss. We ordered 12 dishes and portion sizes of medium plates did not equate to the high price - some of these were smaller than the entrees. Bbq skewers were chewy, sisig was a very small serving as was the garlic rice and the deserts were not refined… not sure what they were thinking with the halo halo flavours, none of them worked together and the lecheflan was too bitter. On a positive note, the oysters, scallops and prawns were great as were the cocktails. I think this place would be a sensational tapas bar if they transformed the menu as this would offer something more suited to the dishes and the overall vibe. The dishes just didn’t hit the mark - room for improvement considering this was a $500 dinner for 3 (one bottle of wine and one cocktail included).

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Highly recommended. Will definitely come back………..

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  37. CWan1

    Sydney

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 14 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    From the moment I stepped and warmly greeted by Carlos, one of the owners; the service was top notch. Friendly staff; delicious Filipino food. Good for solo dining or groups. Maybe a bit noisy for date nights.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Sydney

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 13 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Food is great considering the how they put a twist on famous Filipino dishes. The ingredients that they use are top notched which makes the food more elevated. The only letdown is the halo-halo. It is not a Filipino flavour. Service is off comparing to other restaurants with tasting menu. Staff do not take time to explain the dishes to the customers. You can tell that they do not have enough food servers. Ambience is okay. Spacious, great vibes, great background music makes every Filipino guest at home. The capiz shell chandeliers are amazing. It elevates the over-all look. Price is same with other places with tasting menu choice. We are a group of three and paid 150 aud pp which is on the higher range but it is how this kind of restaurants usually amounts to. Over-all, it was a good experience. I was full after the seven courses. We might come back but not anytime soon. An easy 4 stars for me.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great night. Cocktails are well thought out and unique. Food has a wonderful depth of flavour but feels light. Staff are excited to be there and enthusiastic. The ambiance is relaxed, chic and not fussy. This all equals a wonderful experience. I would suggest eat there soon as when the secret is out it will be harder to get a table at short notice.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding food and excellent service, every dish was amazing and full of traditional filipino flavours but taken to the next level 🤌🤌 Very welcoming felt like I was at home, Keep doing great things for the filipino community boys! 🙌🙌

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FAQs

Askal is rated 4.3 stars by 46 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 14 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Askal

167 Exhibition St, Melbourne, AU-VIC 3000

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Exhibition Street &amp; Bourke Street
  • Area
    Melbourne CBD
  • Hours of Operation
    Tue–Sat 5:30 pm–11:00 pm
  • Price
    $41 to $100
  • Cuisines
    Filipino, Wine Bar, Cocktail Bar
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Public Transit
    Tram 86 Stop.Close to Parliament Station
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    John Rivera
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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