A great getaway is made of many things, but none dwells in your mind for as long as food. That is why we have selected the top 5 restaurants to try in Melbourne.
As one of the world’s most liveable cities, Melbourne is conquering people all around. And in result, many stomachs as well. Its vibrant foodie scene brings creativity, exoticness and locally sourced ingredients to your table.
Awarded as one of the best in the world, Attica is a must on your list of restaurants to try in Melbourne. Settled 45 minutes by car from the CBD, it is well worth a visit.The chef is on a mission to unlock the full potential of every ingredient, a good starting point right?
You might have seen Ben Shewry on Netflix’s show Chef’s Table. His priority seems to be, to preserve the connection with his New Zealand roots. Each recipe draws inspiration from childhood memories, with unexpected native ingredients. Nevertheless, the flavours are not the only thing to awaken the senses. Your eyes will follow your taste buds, in a beautifully plated sequence. As you indulge yourself through the tasting menu, few other gastronomical experiences will be as remarkable.
74 Glen Eira Rd, Ripponlea
Open Tue – Sat from 6pm to 7.30pm
2. Flower Drum
One of the perks of visiting a country with such a long history of immigration, is that you are constantly surprised. And Flower Drum is the perfect example of that. An unexpected chinese restaurant, that will take you on a exciting experience through fusion flavors. The go-to place for the finest cantonese food, brilliantly cooked with Australian ingredients. Take our word for it and try the double boiled soup with wallaby tail.
This icon of the Melbourne gourmet route is often praised for its top notch service. The atmosphere inside grasps the essential character of Chinatown, where it’s located. Explore the longest continuous Chinese settlement in the western world, before sitting down for a wonderful meal.
17 Market Lane
Open everyday for lunch from 12pm to 3pm and dinner from 6pm to 11pm
If exotic delicacies intrigue you, another great option is the modern asian restaurant Annam. Honoring her Vietnamese heritage, chef Jerry Mai brings her own personality into traditional recipes. Interpreting Thai and Cambodian cuisine, she rethinks familiar ingredients turning them into unique creations.
The restaurant good vibe welcomes groups, and there are plenty of options to share. The ox tail dumplings are to die for, cooked with ethically sourced meat. If you’re not carnivorous, then ask for the separate vegetarian menu with lots of delicious alternatives.
56 Little Bourke St
Mon – Fri for lunch from 12pm to 3pm and for dinner from 5pm to late hours
Sat from 5pm to late hours
4. Laneway Greens
The healthy and vegan trend has put Australia on a whole new level in the foodie scene. If you’re looking for a quick meal, with ethically and sustainably sourced ingredients, then head out to Laneway Greens. Definitely one of the restaurants to try in Melbourne, where every meal is a wholesome “from farm to fork” experience.
Nearly everything in the rotating seasonal menu is either gluten free or vegan, sometimes both. The yummy and large bowls are worth trying, paired with a kale or medjool date smoothie. With so many peculiar options, maybe return for breakfast? Because you’ll probably be craving the açai and the peanut butter pot, after spotting it on the menu.
2 242 Flinders Lane
Mon – Fri 8am to 9pm
Weekends 9am to 5pm
5.Claypots Seafood Bar
The stunning coastline in Australia has more to it, beyond surfing world class waves. Straight from the water to your plate, the seafood at Claypots is one of Melbourne’s landmark.
Established in the laidback neighborhood of St. Kilda many years ago, it is a local’s favorite to this day. However, just like in a traditional canteen, the restaurant has a no reservations policy. So make sure you arrive early and get a table outside, beneath the little boats dangling from a tree.
If you’re a seafood lover, your mouth will water over the mussels, oysters and king prawns on the blackboard menu. Be prepared to get your hands dirty, on their delicious chilli crabs with sticky rice. And of course try the claypots, a wonderful recipe with fresh and tender fish.
Claypots Seafood Bar
213 Barkley Street St Kilda
Open everyday from 12pm to 1am
With such great restaurants to try in Melbourne, let us know when you’ll be visiting and we’ll book you the perfect getaway. Read more about Melbourne here.