The Locals-Only Guide To Dining In Melbourne
It’s been hailed the world’s most liveable city and its dining scene certainly played a part in that prestigious honour. Melbourne is known for its cutting-edge culture and its array exceptional restaurants are the perfect reflection of this. Scroll down and add these fine culinary experiences to your bucket list for the next time you’re visiting the Victorian capital.
Nestled down Flinder’s Lane, this Asian fusion diner is the city’s latest hotspot. Its aptly minimal fit-out is complimented with simple plates topped with Chinese, Japanese, and Korean inspired dishes with unparalleled flavour. Think steaming bowls of ramen, dumplings, and lobster rolls.
One of the best tacos and margaritas you’ve ever indulged in coming right up. Mamasita (meaning ‘hot babe’ on Spanish) is one of Melbourne’s first proper taqueria. Fresh, seasonal, and unpretentious—exactly how we like our Mexican.
This Asian-inspired restaurant has been one of the city’s favourites for quite some time now, and unsurprisingly, is showing no sign in slowing down thanks to its bustling, but laid-back atmosphere, adventurously delicious menu, and all-Australian wine list. We’ll be opting for either the Thai-style crunchy school prawns or suckling pig pancake rolls teamed.
Supernomal’s next door neighbour is another to add to your ever-growing restaurant list. The light-filled eating house and bar is welcoming, relaxing, and understated letting the first-class menu take centre stage. If you can’t enjoy the oysters and roast lamp shoulder for dinner, then pop in for a morning coffee or a post-work vino—whatever you fancy.
This uber cool Japanese restaurant on Melbourne’s trendy Chapel Street will woo you over with its stylish fit-out, battered corn with caramel popcorn starter, and its menu devoted to sake. Not convinced? Don’t worry, its fluoro light art installation and buzzing atmosphere will win you over.
Say hello to another brilliant culinary destination from the creators of Cumulus Inc. and Supernormal—introducing Cutler & Co. Located in an old metal works factory on Gertrude Street in Fitzroy, Cutler & Co is fine dining at its best. The combination of the first-class menu and stunning interior is what keeps food lovers coming back again and again.
The only thing better than this rooftop restaurant and bar’s wraparound deck and view of the city and Dandenong’s are their quality, but cheap pintxos matched with Spanish beers. This is Fitzroy’s best impersonation of San Sebastian.
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