Client Testimonials

There must be something extremely satisfying about providing people with the unforgettable experience of outstanding hospitality, ambience and culinary perfection all under the one roof.

The Batziakas family has serviced the hospitality industry in Melbourne for over thirty years, providing superior and elegant service, catering for many types of functions, events and celebrations. From the most personal intimate of weddings, to large corporate seminars and trade shows.

Today, the family is renowned as one of Melbourne’s leading event venue owner operators, recently acquiring Merrimu Receptions, adding it to the port folio in December 2005.

Their continued professionalism, attention to detail, excellent food and service are still making events a truly memorable occasion for all. With venues that stand above the rest!

On behalf of the Board and Management of OC Connections I would like to sincerely thank you and your team who once again this year went above and beyond to assist us make our annual dinner dance so enjoyable. Nothing was too much trouble – the customer service was impeccable and the meals were appetising and delicious. The evening was a great success – it was much loved event, particularly with our participants who really love the opportunity to dress up and get together with friends and staff to enjoy a fun night. Peter we have valued our long term relationship with Merrimu and the support that you and your staff continue to give us. We look forward to that continuing.Therese Desmond OC Connections, 2018

Just wanted to thank you and your Merrimu team, for a fabulous job on Friday night. The food was fantastic, the lovely service staff war amazing and the room looked wonderful. I thank you especially for your attention to detail leading up to, and on the night of the event.
The feedback has been that it was the best lacrosse presentation people had been to and that we should book Merrimu for 2018! Many thanks and please pass onto your staff Best – Marnie October 2017

Hi Peter and Niki, Thank you for your assistance leading up to, throughout the day and evening on Friday. I received a number of positive and complementary comments from parents throughout the night and emails over the weekend. Excellent food, service and interaction with your staff. Maria Pradolin Hallam Senior College, 2018

Hello Peter and Merrimu team, I know it’s a bit delayed but have been meaning to email and say a MASSIVE thank you for hosting our wedding. The night was perfect and we couldn’t have asked for a better outcome. You were amazing and up until now, you are getting rave reviews from our guest s about everything!! From the top notch service, to the delicious food, nothing could be faltered. A special mention to the lady who was looking after us and the bridal party- she was so attentive and lovely. And Peter – you really went above and beyond with your services. Even before the wedding, you answered every question, made time for us and you made sure that the night went so well for us. We are so grateful for everything. We cannot thank you all enough Michelle and Kosta, 2018

Hi Peter, Carmel and I would like to thank YOU, Niki and your wonderful staff- the night was absolutely perfect, our guests have been raving about the night and of course the food. We couldn’t of asked for a better time to share with family and friends. Please pass on our gratitude to all involved Tony & Carmel Peroni, 2018

Dear Peter, Niki and team, Sergio and I would like to thank you for giving us the perfect wedding and reception. Thank you for making us feel so welcome from the beginning. It was so beautiful to see all my bits and pieces, colour coordinating and your valued suggestions come together. The guests loved the food and your venue. Our wedding has been described as intimate, quirky, fun and elegant. The band were blown away by your hospitality, they were welcomed as guests as well as entertainers. Thank you to Niki for looking after my baby girl. She loves you.
I will recommend Merrimu to anyone I know looking for a venue. A million times, thank you. I am so glad we walked through your doors. All the best to you both, and the future success of your beautiful venue. Alisha and Sergio, August 2018

Dear Peter and Niki and all staff at Merrimu, We would like to thank you all very much for all the patience guidance, understanding and support. Quite simple our wedding day was brilliant because of the fantastic service and car you provided. We were simply thrilled with the night and how perfect everything was organised. Thank you very much
Kind regardsErmanno and Antonina, October 2018

We celebrated our wedding reception in the Merrimu room last week and it was absolutely perfect! We knew from the minute we walked in the door to see this place that it was just what we were looking for. Such a beautiful room with a warm, cozy welcoming feel. Peter and Niki are both amazing. From our very first meeting with Peter we were blown away with how friendly, helpful and kind he is. Everything was planned and organized without any hassles and we always felt that we were important to them. The food was incredible and nobody left hungry! The venue and our evening was everything we dreamed of and we thank the team at Merrimu from the bottom of our hearts for helping to make that happen. Sarah and Matthew, 2018

Just wanted to say thank you so much for the hospitality! You and your team at Merrimu were amazing and all we are getting is positive feedback about the venue. We couldn’t have asked for a better day and we truly thank Merrimu for making it even better. Alisha and Nick, married January 2014

Thank you so much for making our wedding a very successful, enjoyable and memorable night. Your hospitality, food and service was exceptional and we will be definitely recommending Merrimu to all our family and friends. Lisa Marie and Antonio, married February 2014

As the mother of the bride, and on behalf of Marina and Jon, I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to you and your staff, for the great service you provided at my daughters wedding on Saturday April 5. The emails have been flying back and forth since. The exquisite food and individual special catering for guests with dietary needs, amazing service, spacious dance floor and elegant decor have been highly commended by our guests.

It wasn’t just on the wedding day itself that we were impressed with, every time we called up with any queries, you were always there to assure us that everything was alright and would definitely would be great on the night. Your personal professionalism, as well as superb service of your staff was outstanding. We recommend your venue to everyone we know and would definitely come back for any future special occasions!!!

Thank you once again for a great memorable experience at Merrimu. Lili, Proud mother of the bride, March 2014

On behalf of Basketball Victoria, I would like to thank you for hosting our recent Basketball Victoria Awards night. We have received great feedback regarding the venue and the evening and it couldn’t have been possible without your great level of service.

Hosting an event like this is a lot of work and both you and your staff assisted us so well in the set up and running of the evening, nothing was too much trouble. Everybody enjoyed the evening, please pass on our thanks to all your staff for the level of service and to the chef for such a lovely meal provided.

We look forward to working with you again in the future. Kylie Hitchiner, Sponsorship & Special Projects, Basketball Victoria Awards Dinner April 2014

We want to say a BIG thank you to you and your staff. Michelle and Marc’s wedding on Saturday 1st March was a huge success. The food was amazing, the chef deserves high praise. We have been guests at Merrimu on a number of occasions and the food has always been great, this is one of the reasons we chose it to cater for our daughter’s special day! But the food on the night was exceptional and everyone agreed. General comment is that it was “the best wedding food they have ever had”, more like they would expect at high class restaurants. From the eye fillet and Moroccan chicken main course to the trio dessert and the fresh and ripe fruit platter.

The staff were excellent, had lots of comments on their high level of service, attention to detail and friendly response to every request. Based on our experience, we highly recommend Merrimu to all our friends and family. Julliette, Proud mother of the bride, March 2014

I wanted to say a big thank you to you and all the staff at Merrimu. You really made our night very special for us. The set up of the room, the service and food was excellent! We really had such a magical day that we are never going to forget. We will be shouting your praises to any newly engaged couples we meet. Thanks so much again.

Bree and Emmanuel, married March 2014

What a day!!! We just wanted to say a massive thank you for making our wedding day incredible. Everyone loved the venue, the food was delicious and everything ran super smooth. We couldn’t have asked for a better night. Amiranda and David, married March 2014

Choosing your venue was an amazing choice, everything turned out so perfectly! On behalf of the whole year level and I, we would like to thank you for providing such a beautiful space for us all to enjoy a lovely night! Also a huge thank to the chefs as – as many of the students were really pleased with the food. It was a great pleasure to work with you and your staff, everyone was so kind and supportive. Maria Lu Killester Gollege June 2017

Just wanted to thank you for making everything run so smoothly. Our client feedback forms highlighted that they rated the venue, service and food very highly. Please pass on my thanks to all your team. Our clients had an excellent time, we’ve had lots of emails and phone calls today and all comments about the venue were very positive. We wouldn’t hesitate to use your facilities again. Neil Cox, Managing Director, Financial Foundations Australia Dinner/Seminar, April 2014

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