Summer EXP by SUNDA_

4.7
41 reviews
$41 to $100
Contemporary Asian
Summer EXP by Sunda _ is a Southeast Asian meets Italian semi-permanent residency, with a fun, playful menu designed for long summer evenings and a drink and graze in mind.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 41 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.6
Service
4.1
Ambience
4.3
Value
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StephanieV
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Such a wonderful experience! Lovely room, delicious food and good wine. Service was very friendly

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Bianca
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience1

Beautifully presented, flavourful food. Simple pop up, friendly, helpful, knowledgeable staff. If you want an intimate quiet dinner, probably not the right setting. Very loud but probably depends on the mixture of other diners. Reasonably priced. Would definitely try another Sunda experience!

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NidhyaS
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Such an interesting menu and would highly recommend it

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vipRiccardo
London
5 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The fusion between Asian and Italian dishes worked really well and all plates were delicious. Service was excellent, relaxed but attentive.

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anon
Brisbane
1 review
Dined on 14 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Better than expected, interesting food combinations that really worked, delicious!

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adam
London
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best meal we have had in ages, sommelier/waiter Kieran is the man! Get here now.

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BirthdayDinner
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great fusion food and great customer service. Would definitely go back.

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TaraO
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Brilliant food and wine. It was a bit noisy, but otherwise a perfect lunch.

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OpenTable Diner
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

We had great time dining at Sunda_exp! The food was exceptional, fresh, tasty and we shared all the dishes amongst 6 people. Great value for money!

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SophieG
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2021
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience3

Amazing food, great wine list. Waiter didn’t send the correct food first time round to our table, but it was a great meal none the less.

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MeganP
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Lovely NYE dinner. Wait staff were pleasant, food great and ambience nice.

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OpenTable Diner
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Welcoming and cozy experience! The flavours, and portions were impressive. The dish was delicious and true to its South-East Asian flavours and ingredients.
Would appreciate it if the wine list was a little more adventurous, by including more natural & lo-fi options.
Superb restaurant! Will return soon again! X

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vipAnnaM
Melbourne / VIC
7 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

The food was great, as was the service. Sadly there was a birthday party table of 16 people next to us who were very loud. We ended up moving to a quieter area.

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OpenTable Diner
Melbourne / VIC
11 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience2

Service was poor. There was a long gap between a couple of dishes and at no point did any staff come by to check on us, offer apologies or make any contact. We sat with empty glasses and eventually had to catch bartender’s attention and request more drinks. Considering we were seated right in front of the bar and nothing else between us he should’ve noticed empty glasses and inquired if we wanted another round.

When the dishes started coming again there was no explanation on delay.

Overall very poor service.

Food was tasty, innovative and well presented but overall experience was very disappointing due to poor service.

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vipJudyH
Melbourne / VIC
15 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Delicious and Interesting food and wine. Loved that we could share so that we could taste more dishes. Excellent service.

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DCAC
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

Entrees were amazing. Bone marrow and tofu dishes especially. Beef cheek wasn’t for me. Overall we enjoyed our experience

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MichelleC
Melbourne / VIC
6 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Food was delicious and service was very professional and friendly. We tried a few share plates and they were all really interesting and very tasty. Nice spot under the shade of the plane trees to watch the world go by.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Sunda EXP is an awesome summer pop up that I wish would stay! Absolutely delicious food that is very unique, great vibes and yummy drinks. We will be back!

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JaneW
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very fresh and interesting food. Highly recommended.

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Jalilk
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent food. The dishes were very good- interesting fusion of South East Asian and Italian. The "nasi lemak" was excellent; even the sambal was authentic tasting. The modified onion bhaji was a very tasty rendition of the original. Our waitress as a delight, friendly and bubbly and the other serving staff just as friendly and efficient. All said, a thoroughly enjoyable experience.

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NickF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Great representation of what Sunda can do in a different setting! Timing of dishes can use some work given long gap between starters and mains.

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TashT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Had a wonderful time at the Summer EXP by SUNDA. The staff were funny, accommodating, and even gave me a little candle along with the dessert to celebrate my birthday...Thank you.

The food was soooooooo good. The fusion flavours were quirky yet so normal and yummy!

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AngelaF
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Standout dishes of the night were roasted bone marrow, blue swimmer crab congee and the grilled flounder.

Bone marrow with hints of chilli paired with the warm and pillowy focaccia was a delight.

The koshihikari congee was very delicate in flavour with an almost risotto like texture but should’ve been served before the bone marrow so as to shine more.

The anchovies served with the gem lettuce was a marvellous addition to the otherwise standard salad side.

Service was prompt albeit some small errors that can easily be overlooked due to opening night.

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SamanthaT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My friends and I really enjoyed the food, especially the surprise dish! Innovative yet approachable, each course was well thought out and presented beautifully. Plenty of food for a degustation, we couldn't quite finish everything.

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NickT
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was enchanting, bold, and utterly satisfying. All the people at Lekker set the tone for the night beautifully.

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AmyD
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Imaginative and delicious, we were blown away by the creative flavours, colours and textures of each dish brought to the table. Everything was beautifully composed, they make a killer Manhattan, wines were delicious, service was really friendly and thoughtful. I can't say enough good things about this place.

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Annmarie
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What a fabulous place to break the restaurant drought. Everything on the night was wonderful. Definitely be back. Yum

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SueB
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Rob Kabboord (ex-Quay) has used the time in lockdown to refine his menu to perfection. It's a symphony of perfectly balanced umami deliciousness from start to finish, and sommelier Kurt matched it with interesting and unusual wines. Sparkling friendly service from the rest of the team and the return of the legendary cheese trolley, fondly remembered by Merricote fans make the meal into an experience. Run, don't walk!

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joelvincent
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First night out in ages, and oh my it was appropriately a fantastic night out. Easily one of the best Melbourne restaurants I have been to in recent memory.

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SallyC
1 review
Dined on 20 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was fantastic to get the opportunity to dine at Lekker before the closure of the dining industry due to the Corona virus. The food was amazing, the staff excellent and I look forward to an opportunity in the future to eat some more of this wonderful food

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JanineY
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We thoroughly enjoyed our evening at Lekker. The food was interesting & enjoyable, great service.

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Healthfoodie
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Recommended by friends. Fantastic 3 hour meal! The food was interesting and very tasty. The desert was full of surprises, unique and delicious m.

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marianneR
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Excellent service, loved the Heirloom tomato entree and dessert. Amazing flavours! Main course of Fish was nice and of course menu is very small, but we thoroughly enjoyed our experience at Lekker.
We didn't drink any wine, but if we did, we thought prices for wine were very expensive with nothing at the more affordable end. Lunch however good value at $50 set price each.

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AnnaB
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Interesting choice of modern Dutch/Australian cuisine, that we thoroughly enjoyed. Thought it was good value for the 5 courses which were perfect in size. We also enjoyed the wine pairing too

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KristineC
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a fabulous dining experience, the dishes were delicious and full of delightful surprises and thoughtful culinary pairings, served with elegance and well matched with the wine. We're coming back!

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RonaldM
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

The meal was a little bland particularly the John Dory but the service was excellent

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PamL
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Each course was an discovery of different flavours. The courses came out at a steady pace based on the preference of speed. The food really was erg hele lekker. An experience not to be missed.

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StanP
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was an absolute delight to dine at Lekka.
An adventure for the eye and taste buds. Wonderful night.

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ShelleyL
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and service were exceptional! Each dish was beautifully presented using interesting ingredients. The sommelier really knew his stuff and had great recommendations.

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ASmith
Perth
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely sensational! Each and every mouthful was delicious, interesting and exciting. Thank you Lekker for a fabulous evening!

FAQs

Summer EXP by SUNDA_ is rated 4.7 stars by 41 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.