Melbourne - The Eating Thread

Old May 23, 19, 4:03 am
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Melbourne - The Eating Thread

Thereís a Sydney where to eat thread. Think itís time for a Melbourne thread. And Iím from Sydney!

So here goes:

Cutler & Co
Maha
Tipo 00
Supernormal
Cumulus Inc
Coda

In the cafe category:

Hardware Societe
Higher Ground (though not tried since it changed hands)
Fifty Acres (Richmond)

Coffee:
Market Lane
Industry Beans
Sensory Lab





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Old May 23, 19, 4:48 am
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Who's doing good Chinese these days? I'm down there on business next week, wouldn't mind a nice Chinese meal. Doesn't need to be fancy, just tasty.
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Melburnian here - I like this thread

+1 to all of JClasstraveller's suggestions. Below are some more of my favourites in the CBD and surrounding areas (feel free to ask me if you want any suggestions out in the suburbs). Will check back in regularly to add more to this post over time...

Mid to High End Restaurants:
  • Arbory (IMO, this is the most "Melbourne" spot in Melbourne. Outdoor restaurant/bar built on a disused rail track. View of trains whizzing through Flinders Street station on one side; view of the Yarra River on the other side. Fantastic seasonal food and drinks. Highly recommended!)
  • Baby Pizza
  • Henry Sugar (currently my favourite restaurant in Melbourne - hidden gem just north of the CBD. Degustation for AUD $75; a la carte also available. The owner-chef previously worked at El Celler de Can Roca in Spain.)
  • Kisume
  • Lau's Family Kitchen
  • Lello Pasta Bar
  • Makan
  • Osteria Ilaria (run by the same people as the superlative Tipo 00)
Casual Restaurants and Cafes:
  • Alimentari
  • Bowery to Williamsburg
  • Calia
  • Hector's Deli
  • HWKR (great Asian food court with rotating pop-up establishments)
  • Jinda Thai
  • Journeyman
  • Kelso's Sandwich Shoppe
  • Killiney Kopitiam
  • King & Godfree
  • Laneway Greens
  • Miznon
  • Manchester Press
  • Naked for Satan
  • Saporito Taquito (hidden gem - IMO the best Mexican place in Melbourne by a long mile)
  • Supper Inn
  • 8bit Burgers
Bakeries:
  • Agathe Patisserie
  • Austro
  • LuxBite
  • Weirdoughs
Coffee:
  • Dukes Coffee Roasters
  • Industry Beans
  • Padre Coffee
  • Proud Mary
  • Seven Seeds
  • St. Ali
Bars:
  • Denmark House
  • Freddie Wimpole
  • Kirk's Wine Bar
  • 1806
Japanese food (giving this its own category because I love Japanese food. These are the fantastic, authentic places which I frequent - with Japanese chefs and/or owners):
  • 279 (specialises in musubi)
  • Chotto Motto
  • Coppe Pan Japanese Bakery
  • Hanabishi
  • Hinoki Japanese Pantry
  • Horse Bazaar
  • IMA Japanese Cafe
  • Izakaya Hachibeh
  • Kuu Cafe
  • Neko Neko
  • Papirica
  • Shimbashi Soba & Sake Bar
  • Tamura Sake Bar
  • Udon Yasan
  • Yoku Ono Ramen + Sake Bar
  • Yukitei Tempura Bar
Vegetarian/Vegan:
  • Little Green on Chapel
  • Sister of Soul
  • Smith & Daughters
  • Smith & Deli
Dessert and Cheese:
  • Bibelot
  • Gelateria Primavera (IMO one of the highest quality gelato places in Melbourne)
  • Jock's Ice Cream & Sorbets
  • La Belle Miette (great macarons)
  • Maker & Monger at Prahran Market (fantastic cheese shop which also serves cheese toasties and other cheese-related dishes)
  • Milk the Cow
  • Om Nom Kitchen
  • Piccolina Gelateria
  • Shortstop Coffee & Donuts
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Old May 25, 19, 11:08 am
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Originally Posted by bensyd View Post
Who's doing good Chinese these days? I'm down there on business next week, wouldn't mind a nice Chinese meal. Doesn't need to be fancy, just tasty.
My two cents' worth as a Melburnian of Chinese heritage...

No-frills restaurant: Supper Inn in the CBD (open until 2:30am)
Upmarket, but not fine dining: Lau's Family Kitchen in St Kilda

If you like noodles, Lanzhou Beef Noodle Bar is quite the rage here right now. If you like dumplings, HuTong Dumpling Bar is very popular. For hotpot - Dainty Sichuan is great. And we also have Tim Ho Wan and Din Tai Fung branches here, if you like those. There is also a Gong De Lin branch here (excellent Chinese vegan restaurant which I have often dined at in Hong Kong and Shanghai).
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I can't recall the places my relatives took me too when I spent 4 days in Melbourne in the late summer, but they were ALL BRILLIANT!! I ate so much that on the morning of my departure we were supposed to have a farewell brunch but I'd gotten the food sweats overnight from too much good food and had to cancel. I grabbed a sandwich at the airport which was the worst thing I'd eaten in Melbourne and the next thing was the airline meal on Cathay which was rather tasty, but obviously not as good as a proper feet on the ground meal!

I wish I could remember the names of the places I went, but Market Lane for coffee does ring a bell! Very good!
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Originally Posted by FlyingJoy View Post
My two cents' worth as a Melburnian of Chinese heritage...

No-frills restaurant: Supper Inn in the CBD (open until 2:30am)
Upmarket, but not fine dining: Lau's Family Kitchen in St Kilda

If you like noodles, Lanzhou Beef Noodle Bar is quite the rage here right now. If you like dumplings, HuTong Dumpling Bar is very popular. For hotpot - Dainty Sichuan is great. And we also have Tim Ho Wan and Din Tai Fung branches here, if you like those. There is also a Gong De Lin branch here (excellent Chinese vegan restaurant which I have often dined at in Hong Kong and Shanghai).

I'll give the Supper Inn a go. I've been to Lau's, it's also quiality.
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Highly recommend TGIFridays by the Crown
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Enjoyed an early dinner on Saturday at a new place called Ginger Olive in Manchester Lane opposite the Novotel on Collins. Only opened a couple of weeks apparently, atmospheric dining room and an interesting menu, really well priced too.. Very impressed.
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Originally Posted by bensyd View Post
I'll give the Supper Inn a go. I've been to Lau's, it's also quiality.
Supper Inn was great. Exactly what I wanted. No fuss just tasty.
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Adding a few more joints:

Chez Dre in South Melbourne

Clement Coffee in South Melbourne

Everyday Coffee in Collingwood and CBD

+1 to Proud Mary and St Ali

A friend highly rates Patricia Coffee though Iíve never been.

Philippe is good for traditional French food (notwithstanding it lost itís hat in the Good Food Guide awards)
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We were wined and dined by relatives and got overly stuffed and happy by the time we left for Sydney.

Let me add:
Stalactites on Lonsdale St
Wagaya on Bourke St

I had less luck with coffee discovery, found few places like Padre that make my kind of smooth 'n simple lattes. That said, there are some cheap and decent coffee kiosks in the CBD.
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Not really Melbourne, but a bakery in Kyneton has won pie of the year. And who doesn't love a pie, especially this time of year.

https://www.bendigoadvertiser.com.au...lias-best-pie/
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Ok, Iím going to Melbourne in a couple of weeks and finally going to give Flower Drum a go.

Need a suggestion for Saturday morning brunch - still deciding. Probably CBD or Carlton, Collingwood or Fitzroy
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Need a suggestion for Saturday morning brunch - still deciding. Probably CBD or Carlton, Collingwood or Fitzroy
You'll be spoilt for choice. I like Archie's, and it is pretty centrally located to all those spots. If it's full or it doesn't look like what you are after, there are heaps of other options nearby.

For quirky and different I like Naughty Boy Cafe, but it's on more of an island, probably harder to get to and not many other alternatives close by.
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If you're wanting to stick to the CBD, I really like these places for brunch (some of which are already on my list upthread):
  • Grain Store
  • Operator25
  • Bowery to Williamsburg
  • Arbory
  • For something a bit different: Colombian style brunch at Cento Mani Cafe
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