Permanently Closed - Iki-jime, Seafood by Vue

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$41 to $100
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This restaurant is permanently closed. Iki-jime, Seafood by Vue, was first opened by celebrity chef and restaurateur Shannon Bennett in 2017 as the next iteration of the much-loved Bistro Vue. Drawing upon the native Australian landscape as inspiration, the restaurant has departed from its famous French predecessor with an inky blue, moody backdrop and seafood-driven philosophy.

Paying homage to the ethical fishing technique, Iki-jime, all seafood on the menu is ethically and sustainably sourced from award-winning suppliers. Seeking to challenge industry standards, the thought-provoking menu is carefully curated to highlight the unparalleled calibre of Australian produce.

Iki-jime, Seafood by Vue, caters to every occasion from the more refined style of gastronomy, to hearty, less formal lunch options, as well as light and tasty bar snacks. The onsite bar, Bar Jime, is a sleek and sophisticated space offering a spectacular wine and cocktail list, ideal for post-work drinks.
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KRNUU
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

You must get the fish wings - Im not really a cooked fish lover (love sashimi), but the fish wings was so delicious! Especially when you wrap that up in the lettuce. Must have! The Pear Tarte Tatin was also very delicious and a good sizeable portion - so make sure you leave some room for that.

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Keyvid
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2020
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience5

The food at Iki-Jime was exceptional, the atmosphere and ambiance is great, particularly for an intimate or romantic night.

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OpenTable Diner
Melbourne / VIC
4 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2020
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience4

Food and its presentation on a plate or delivery method from waiting staff was either disappointed and tasting menu 145 $ was not good value for me and my friend. I would not go back for dinner or lunch unless there is huge changes. Comparing with other 2hatted restaurants, Iki jime is not good enough. Some food was tasty though.

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KimB
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience2

An intimate dinner for 4 between friends was unejoyable when the service was inconsistent and sometimes downright zero. The restaurant was not busy. We sat in the bar area and apart from a couple at the bar and another at a table next to us, it was empty The restaurant section was busier but not full. There was 4-5 wait staff but we had to wait for long periods for service. I brought this up, tactfully and politey with our waiter, thinking the service would improve it actually got worse! We were thereafter pretty much ignored. Some of the dishes like the Pink Ling Katsu was delicious but portions were generally small. The bill came to over $600. All in all not worth a second visit. There's much better service, food and portion size in Melbourne!

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FeliciaH
1 review
Dined on 3 March 2020
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

We all loved the way each dish was served. It was creative especially for our visitors from the UK who were pleasantly surprised by the "fish & chips"! Thank you for the experience.

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AndrewS
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience1

Restaurant very little ambience or atmosphere, wait staff not overly attentive.

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StuartD
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A wonderful seafood meal, with things like Barramundi and prawns done in ways I have never seen before. The pear tarte tatin was also particularly special

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PeerE
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience1

Food was good but not outstanding. Service fast and brusque, not warm. Tables too close. One waiter was same nationality as people on next table and chatted extensively while standing between our tables where there was not really enough room, so we were subjected to his backside touching our table for too long. Off-putting. Overall a reasonably OK night, but does not invite repeat or referral.

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AandJ
London
20 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Had tables in bar that was quiet.
Food was fine, some dishes better than others.
Service good and friendly.

PJ
PeterJ
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

The seafood was cooked perfectly. Ambience was OK, service was fairly good but neither was amazing. Overall it was a good night but allowing that this sort of money opens a lot of opportunities I would probably explore other options.

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AlexM
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service2Ambience5

Food was amazing, I would not hesitate to recommend the menu however I would struggle to come back due to the service.
Wait Staff were completely inattentive, food was not delivered with any emotion, water was generally empty, once we managed to flag down a waiter we were ordering for the next two courses so we could have a wine with each course.
Kitchen staff however delivered desserts which was a step up and a level of theatre on plating.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Pretty good taste and texture. Would love to go again in the future!

RH
ReijoH
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Food and service was great, was a bit disappointed about the ambience of the place tho

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MichelleC
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Unfortunately this restaurant did not live up to expectations. The restaurant itself does not have a good atmosphere it’s very dark with no background music. The staff we encountered did not seem to know what they were doing. The entrees we ordered were underwhelming & tasteless so much so that we canceled our mains and left. We were very disappointed and would not recommend this place. We certainly will not be going back.

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KevinT
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

They have a very clever idea of turning various seafood into wonderful culinary dishes.

JP
JeremyP
Miami
1 review
Dined on 22 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A faultless experience all round. The seafood was all super fresh, simply but inventively prepared and every dish outstanding.

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Clintj
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 21 January 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience2

Decor and overall seemed a very dark space, chef's menu had too many different flavours going on for our liking

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Took husband for anniversary after visiting the previous week with work.
Although food was lovely the previous experience was a little different, I assume this was due to the restaurant being busy.
But we will return in the new year.

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RoseZ
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2019
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

We were fans of the original vue de mon and thought we would give seafood de vue a go. We were greeted lovely and sat right in front of the kitchen which is where we sat when we originally went there about 8 heats ago. It was amazing to sit and watch the chefs cook prepare the planting of the food. We decided to go with the chefs choice and leave it up to them to decide what to give us. It was really nice but not the degustation we expected. The main was a whole ling fish with peppercorn sauce. Unfortunately we had to send it back as it was raw. It didn’t pull off the bone very well and very raw in the middle. Luckily it didn’t taste right for me the first bite so we sent the fish back and asked to cook it more. They did return the same fish and more cooked but by that time I was feeling very il and could still smell the rawness (probably all in my head) but I still was disheartened and putt off and couldn’t eat it. My husband ate most of it. As I come from the Italian region where fish is the most common food we eat I was very experienced to what it should look and taste like. Unfortunately this did put a dampen on the whole experience. The quality of food was nice but no comparison to the original place. This was more of a ala carte restaurant than a degustation experience.

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CelineC
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food, great service. A must for all seafood lovers! Highly recommend the Chef’s Tasting Menu!

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Kiki
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food with impeccable service, I'd go so far as to say the best service I've had in a restaurant in Melbourne to date. The staff are unobtrusive, helpful and make you feel like a welcomed guest who's every request will be catered for. As a frequent solo diner this is a rare experience and made my evening a wonderful night out. I'd highly recommend the food as well, trust the servers recommendations and have your boundaries pushed, you'll be pleasantly surprised!

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JasonT
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was superb, looked great and tasted wonderful. The flavour combinations and the freshnesh of the seafood elements made it the best dining experience we've had in a very long time.

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DomB
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service amazing, not in your face but there if needed, knowledgeable and informative about the dishes. Food was beautifully presented and was delicious, served by the friendly wait staff and even the head chef got out on the floor. Able to see the kitchen clearly and watch the precision of the whole team in creating their fantastic dishes. Can't wait for the next trip to Melbourne so we can go back and do it again ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜🖤

JM
JeremyM
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good service, nice ambience. Delicious food, but quite expensive.

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LeonieA
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything about our visit to Iki-jime was STUNNING! The service was faultless and the food was beyond delicious. We had a wonderful experience and it was the perfect place to celebrate our anniversary!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience3

Excellent customer service, very well look after by Carlos, he was very well knowledge with his wine and food it made our experience very enjoyable.

JW
JaydenW
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing staff, amazing food and an amazing experience. The Eel was the stand out dish for me and is now at the top of my list for the delicious thins I have ever eaten.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Great experience!!!

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Kindayoung
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience3

The meal was just not value for money. The food doesnt taste bad, but certainly not great or worth the price they are charging. We wont return again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Service was amazing and food was delicious. Must try the scallop dish and octopus.

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rayv
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous food supported by first class service. A pleasure

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ShaneP
Brisbane / QLD
4 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience2

Good food, great service but a little lacking in atmosphere. Overall the meal was nice, really disappointing with the oysters but everything else was really nice.

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OpenTable Diner
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall2Food3Service3Ambience1

The decor was tired and knocked about. Hard edges and no atmosphere. Only a few other patrons. Looked like it was unloved.

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jackm
Berlin
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Interesting, creative cuisine in an atmospheric space (we were in the bar - the dining room looked less interesting). Attentive service with a casual vibe. On the expensive side but worth it.

EZ
ElenaZ
Miami
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall1Food2Service3Ambience1

Extremely overpriced! Food is less than average! Never again!

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Anonymous
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience4

The menu was not clear about the description of the food. We ordered the prawn and fish katsu and did not expect to get a katsu sando which was quite average. Apart from that the rest of the food we ordered was ok but the customer service was great.

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TimothyA
Brisbane / QLD
2 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As usual everything was impeccable, great food, charming staff & the wine I love to drink. Can’t wait until I return. Great job Iki Jime team

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Shiori
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food, lovely wine, and attentive staff. Didn’t think we ordered enough but we certainly did and couldn’t finish it all. Will be back again to try more!

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Melbfoodie
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The food was fantastic and the service staff was really understanding to my girlfriends requirements. Many additional efforts were made even when we didn’t ask. Thanks again amazing experience will recommend !!

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Good
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience4

Good service, nice place, one or two great dishes amongst some fairly ordinary stuff, in one case a dish no one could really say anything good about.... fish generally overdone. But very well presented and innovative, interesting too. Fresh produce certainly.