Melbourne has always had a ‘foodie’ culture, due to the multiculturalism. There are always new places popping up all over town, and it’s great fun finding new favourites. It used to be that each suburb had its own style of food (Italian food in Carlton, Greek food in South Melbourne), and while this is still partially true, there is a real mixture of different cuisines across all suburbs, and you don’t have to venture far to experience new cuisines! I’m in no way an expert on food but I thought I’d put together a list of favourite places that I frequent. Hope you enjoy!
Penny Black: this is perfect for a laid back Sunday drink. It boasts a huge beer garden and serves a variety of beers and ciders, as well as some decent food. I recently went there and really liked the relaxed vibe. It’s the perfect place to go with a good bunch of friends on a warm afternoon. It’s best to get there early to snag a table.
Maha restaurant (photo credit: Trip Advisor).
Maha: there’s a good chance you’ve heard of this place. It’s owned by chef Shane Delia and offers an infusion of Lebanese and Maltese food. The meals are full of flavour and delicious but it’s the desserts that win many over. His doughnuts filled with Turkish delight are a real treat and you can also smoke shisha along with dessert. A winner!
The Corner Shop in Yarraville: ok, this place serves the best brunch ever. They also offer lunch and dinner menus however I love to go there for a lazy Sunday brunch. Each time I’ve been the food had been awesome. There is also a great little courtyard, so try to sit outside if you can.
Seddon Deadly Sins: this is a bustling cafe in the little suburb of Seddon and I try to come here a couple of times per month. It’s got a great weekend brunch/lunch menu and it serves decent coffee. The honey toast is delicious, as is the muesli. The staff are always extremely friendly and welcoming, which gives you even more reason to go.
Shanghai Street Dumplings: a friend recently took me here and I was blown away by the quality of the food. The place is not much to look at, and to be honest I wouldn’t normally go to a place like this. But after tasting their Vegetarian Dumplings I realised how good the food actually is. The servings are also big, so if you go with a group, order a few dishes and share. Great quality food.
The pavlova from Rockpool (photo credit: Rockpool Bar and Grill).
Rockpool Bar and Grill: this is the famous restaurant owned by Neil Perry and is at the top of my list for a quality steak. First off, the atmosphere is dreamy; dimly lit and very romantic. They offer a very extensive drinks list (just quietly, the Margaritas are heaven). As for the food, I can’t fault anything. I’ve been here several times and the food is always of exceptional quality. The oysters are fresh, vegetable are crisp and the steak…cooked perfectly to your liking and simply amazing. But you need to leave room for dessert. The pavlova is mind blowingly good. Rockpool is the perfect place to indulge in and treat yourself to.
Nashi: this place is right near my work and I come here at least once a week. It’s a sandwich and coffee bar, and the emphasis is on healthy food. The sandwiches and salads are made daily and they also offer soups, felafels and a range of other healthy meals. It’s the perfect work lunch choice.
I have many, many other favourite eateries/bars, but these ones stand out for me.
What are some of your favourite places to eat in around Melbourne?