"Melbourne is best experienced as a local would, with its character largely reliant upon its collection of inner-city neighbourhoods. Despite a long-standing north–south divide, there’s a coolness about its bars, cafes, restaurants, festivals and people that transcends the borders. The city centre has meanwhile reinvented itself with chic laneway eateries and rooftop bars opening in former industrial buildings." -Lonely Planet.
Melbourne is a good city for food craving. It has various cuisine from all over the world; asian, middle-east, mexican, italian, american and so on. I once tried a taco in Melbourne and I had to admit that I like that taco more than all tacos I ate in Mexico (unless you find a right street food taco in Mexico). Not only the main course but the dessert too. So, here I summarize 7 cuisines to eat while you're in Melbourne.
7. Grill'd Burgers
In the whole time of my life, so far, I never tasted the most juicy tenderly patty but this simply Grill'd. You can find this restaurant easily in this town. There are several burger variant, buns option and toppings. There are also other menu such as hot chips (or commonly we know as french fries), salad and sandwiches. I would recommend for the Our famous Grill'd chips. What I like more about this restaurant personally is they care about their social environment. They support the local community by their "Local Matters" program. It's a monthly donation program in which every Grill'd branch restaurants donate $500 into their local community. Grill'd burger also claimed as a healthy food with locally farmed meat, low sugar, good oil and they open their ingredients recipe.
Italian food is almost everywhere and accepted around the world as a famous dish to be enjoyed both dine in and take away. Namely pizza, can be enjoyed with family, friends, also alone. Here, in Malvern East, in the corner of the street of Waverly Road, there's a homey Italian restaurant. It opens every Tuesday-Sunday from noon till supper. There are Italian dishes that L'Olivo can offer: tapas (starter/appetizer), pasta, risotto and of course pizza; margarita, mexicana, parma, genoa, napolitana, hawaiian, vegetarian, aussie and many many more options. They also have desserts and Salads.
Definitely, the place that I would've booked for my special occasions such as birthday or farewell if I've lived in Melbourne. With its industrial interior design, Krimper is a so homey brunch spot not to be missed while visiting Melbourne. The venue has its unique character through its rough and rustic detailing. Located in the heart of Melbourne city, this cafe open everyday from 7.30 am to 5 pm on weekdays and 8.30 am to 4 pm on weekend. French toast, pancake, mac & cheese, gnocchi, burger all you can find here. There are extras and side dishes. For the beverage, hot chocolate is a lovely choice during the windy days on September. They also have coffee such as Red Eye (the mother of all coffee), organic tea, juices, smoothies and khamr. And don't forget to take a look at daily menu board!
4. Mrs. Parmas
So according to wikipedia parma reffers to an Italian-American dish consists of a breaded chicken topped with tomato sauce and mozzarella, parmesan or provolone cheese. And Mrs. Parma is the only bistro in Melbourne specializing in parmagiana's. Made of 230 gram chicken breast, imported Italian tomatoes, finest ingredients and love this parma is perfect. The options for the parma includes original, mushroom, mexican, super spicy parma called parma'geddon, chorizo, greek, brushetta and bunch of other options. Another dishes that can be chosen are bratwurst, salads, burgers, gnocchi, tandoori with pita bread and indeed desserts (one of them is mini pavlova that you should try)!
A Japanese restaurant you can find in South Yarra is Kanpai. Kanpai means cheers! It seems like a piece of Japan in Melbourne but this experience would remind you to Melbourne because through the restaurants window you can see Melbourne streets showing local pedestrian and local shops until branded shops of South Yarra. Kanpai offers various sushi, sashimi, shogayaki, teppanyaki, teriyaki, yakiniku, udon, ramen and all Japanese dish I won't mention one by one including dorayaki. Well, I tried the sushi and the teppanyaki yet I fell in love with teppanyaki mixed that I ordered consisted of grilled meat, seafood, vegetables and creamy garlic flavored sauce. The sauce is the champions. Super good!
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P.S: sorry for the blurry pict. of the teppanyaki. I was too excited.
2. The Grace Darling Hotel
2. The Grace Darling Hotel
Melbourne famous for its local musicians such as the Tramper Trap, the Paper Kites, Air Supply, Jet, Architecture in Helsinki and hundred others. So, what can be better than serving local gigs and local eatery at the same time? In the heart of Collingwood, the Grace Darling Hotel open everyday from 12 pm until 1 am except on Sunday they close at 11 pm. They divided the lunch and dinner menu in which they have burgers, salads, steaks and desserts. For dinner you can order slow cooked lamb shepherds pie with fried broccoli or house made pappardelle with duck ragu & parmesan that you can't find in the lunch menu and enjoy Melbourne's local musical acts in the band room! If you're a young traveler keen on culture and support local music; this is it, the Grace Darling Hotel is a culinary spot that must be in your to visit list. *you can find the gigs schedule in the website below*
Get ready to sippin on the sunshine because The Great Ocean Road with its Twelve Apostles is Melbourne most iconic place that you can see in the calendar and postcard. From Melbourne city to the limestone stacks you will drive across Anglesea town which offer a lot of thing to do including food. Located in Anglesea shopping village, Sea Eyes have both indoor and outdoor dining area. From its exterior Sea Eyes could easily recognized as beach restaurant and I bet you don't wanna miss English traditional dish that is adapted by Australian and has became its signature dish names Fish&Chips. The fish is smooth inside and crispy outside with a small cup of delicious creamy tartar sauce also the fresh veggie is delicious. Take it away and enjoy the Great Ocean Roads beaches to experience the fully satisfied Australia trip!
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- Campos Coffee
- Max Brenner (franchise in several countries such as USA, Japan, Singapore, Israel, Russia, China)
And actually there's a super recommended ice cream in Charlton named Helados Jauja but unfortunately now they're permanently closed.