For a long while the ‘top end of Bourke Street’ was slightly dodgey. Home to a few seedy nightclubs and the infamous ‘Spagetti Tree’ – the ‘spoil yourself’ restaurant choice for every University student of the 90s.
The Mess Hall might not make the 25 year residency that Spagetti Tree’s just racked up (Melbourne has a definite soft spot for a diluted spag bol circa 1990s), but it has created a groove for itself with its sleek understated design and all-hours dining options. Offering Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner from 7.30/8.00 til late, it’s been a welcome addition to Melbourne’s eating/drinking culture since opening a few years ago.
There are reports that the service can be at times a bit ‘patchy’, but we’ve not found that ourselves. Consistency too is challenged on the coffee front – but then so much depends on your barista in the moment. We’ve largely had good shots. There’s no spag bol on the menu though.
The Mess Hall
51 Bourke St
Melbourne, VIC, 3000