Bar Idda

Welcome to Bar Idda

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About

 Welcome to Our Neighbourhood

Bar Idda is located in the heart of Lygon Street Brunswick East and offers Sicilian inspired cuisine and flavours with a focus on seasonal produce. Owner Alfredo La Spina draws on his passion for his parents’ homeland to create a unique experience that celebrates Sicilian food and culture. We love our community, and are proud to represent authentic food in this historically Italian and Mediterranean area of Melbourne. Our 100-year-old heritage listed building shares a wall with the lovely Alderman bar, where you can grab a pre-dinner drink or enjoy bar snacks from our kitchen.

All menu items are available for takeaway during business hours as well.

Our Venue

Bookings for groups up to 8 are taken here via Dimmi, or over the phone. Booking is recommended, but walk-in guests are certainly welcome, with plenty of seating areas to choose from. Tables in the main dining room provide a lively, bustling atmosphere. Meals are also served along our spacious bar and window seating, where you can enjoy the scene from a comfy stool.

For a quieter, more intimate space, sit upstairs in our cosy second dining room. This room can also accommodate groups of 11-20 guests for private lunches or dinners, making it a wonderful private space for celebrations and meetings.

Outdoor seating is also available, when whether permits. Our courtyard out back is great for sunny afternoons and balmy evenings, or take a seat on our kerbside tables and watch the action on Lygon Street.

Join us for an evening of feasting and fun as we take you on a journey to our beloved Sicilia!

Private Dining Room

PRIVATE DINING ROOM

Bar Idda’s Private Dining Room is situated upstairs and offers an intimate experience for 12-16 people. Our four course set menus start at $55 per head and encourage a shared feast. With a warm homely atmosphere, you will feel just like you are dining at Mamma’s house! Give us a call or drop us an email to discuss your requirements.

EVENTS AT BAR IDDA

For larger groups, the restaurant can be booked out exclusively for functions and events. We cater for all functions from christenings, weddings, birthdays, Christmas parties and corporate events, for either lunch or dinner. Please call or email us and we can tailor a food and beverage experience especially for you. Private offsite catering is also available.

Booking details: A $200 deposit is required to secure the booking. This can be paid with credit card over the phone. Any tentative bookings made will be cancelled after 7 working days if the deposit has not been received. If you wish to cancel, 3 working days notice is required to ensure refund of your deposit. A minimum charge of 10 people applies to booking of the room. Any changes to the set menus in order to meet dietary requirements must be arranged and finalised with us 2 working days prior to the booking. Any additional items ordered on the night outside of the set menu chosen will be charged accordingly based on menu prices

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News

Mothers Day Sunday 8th of May

Mothers Day Sunday 8th of May

Join us for a 4 course lunch and dinner Sunday 8th  May  – $50 per person Join Bar Idda to celebrate all our special mothers. Kitchen will be open all day from 12pm – 10pm

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“Tavulu Savaggiu” wild table

“Tavulu Savaggiu” wild table

Join us for a 4 course dinner Wednesday 18th  May from 7pm – $55 per person Join Bar Idda for a wild feast with beers from our neighbours, Temple Brewing Co. This long table dinner will feature specialty short release microbrews and cacciatore cuisine – rustic Sicilian autumn fare. For centuries, Sicilians have ventured into […]

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Valentine’s Day Lunch and Dinner – $65 for 4-courses

Valentine’s Day Lunch and Dinner – $65 for 4-courses

VALENTINE’S DAY 2016 Sunday 14th February Bookings available from 12pm-10pm Online bookings are now available – just follow the link here! Join us for a 4-course lunch or dinner and celebrate that special person in your life – whether a romantic partner or otherwise! Whoever you celebrate with, we will make it a delicious day […]

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The UrbanList ‘Pick of the Precinct’

The UrbanList ‘Pick of the Precinct’

We’re thrilled to have been featured as an East Brunswick ‘Pick of the Precinct’ by The UrbanList Melbourne. “With welcoming wait staff, mismatched timber chairs and homely floral tablecloths, Bar Idda is outrageously warm and hospitable” It’s easy to be friendly when we live in such a great neighbourhood! Read more from the UrbanList, along with […]

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Bar Idda Goes Vegan for Good Food Month – 11th November 2015

Bar Idda Goes Vegan for Good Food Month – 11th November 2015

– This event is now sold out – Thanks to everyone for your support, and we’ll see you in November!

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Cuisine

“They always build as if they expect to live for eternity; they always eat as if they expect to die the next day”

Plato on the Sicilian people, 5th century BC

Sicily’s strategic position in the heart of the Mediterranean has ensured a long and rich history of foreign conquest from the island’s neighbours. The Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Spanish, Normans and French all occupied at some point, leaving behind influences that have helped shape Sicilian cuisine and make it one of the most unique, ancient and diverse in existence. In designing our Sicilian inspired menu, we continue to research and learn from these influences, and the thousands of years of history that has made this cuisine so interesting.

Learn more about the key periods of foreign occupation in Sicily and how they have influenced island’s culinary traditions and ingredients.

8th Century BC

Almost 3000 years ago the ancient Greeks arrived and colonised the island from the first settlers, the Siculi, Sicani and Elymni people. Bringing with them the first key ingredients to shape Sicilian cuisine, we can thank the Greeks for wheat, walnuts, figs, pomegranates, olives and oil, grapes and wine, sheep and goats to make cheese as well as honey, the ancient sweetener of the world. The Greeks introduced agricultural methods and crops flourished on this land of strong sun and mineral-rich fertile volcanic soil. This lead to a great deal of profitable trading for Magna Grecia. The abundance of wild produce they found growing in the hills was cultivated, including fennel, capers, thyme and thistle.

3rd Century BC

The Punic Wars gave control of Sicily to the Roman Empire. The Romans used Sicily as their breadbasket and cultivated wheat and grains for export to Rome. The island became known as the ‘Granary of Rome’. Cherries, plums and citron were imported from Asia.

9th Century

The Arabs conquered the island and had the most influential impact on Sicilian gastronomy. Exotic new produce was introduced such as oranges, lemons, peaches, apricots, melons, date palms, mulberries, almonds, pistachios, eggplant, rice and couscous as well as new spices such and clove, cinnamon and jasmine. Sophisticated methods of irrigation were implemented and agriculture flourished. Sicily’s sweet tooth got even sweeter with the introduction of sugar cane. Iconic Sicilian desserts date back to this period such as Cassata, Cannoli, Marzipan and Granita, which made excellent use of Mount Etna’s snow.

15th Century

The Spanish arrived and bought squash, tomatoes, vanilla, peppers and potatoes as well as ancient Aztec chocolate making techniques that they discovered in Mexico. The barons on large feudal estates ate well and the ‘Cucina Baronale’ of the rich was interpreted by their servants at home with lower quality ingredients, creating the original ‘Cucina Povera’.

19th Century

The royal court moved to Palermo, King Ferdinand 1 with his wife Maria Carolina. French chefs called Monsu were bought over to prepare sophisticated cutting edge French cuisine in the palaces of nobles and aristocrats. They incorporated rabbit, quail, sole, capons, butter, cream and brandy in their elaborate banquets. English merchants arrived and began the mass production of local Marsala wine for export.

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Contact

Note: Only reservations of 8 people and above taken via email, otherwise please book online or phone the restaurant

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