In no particular order, let’s embark on a culinary journey through Melbourne, guided by the taste buds of yours truly!
233 Lonsdale ST
When I first moved to the big smoke from my hometown, my Melbourne savvy cousin took me to Touché Hombre for my first grown-up dinner date in Melbourne.
I was initially struck by the décor, particularly the lighting, and then by the incredibly wide range of tequila on offer.
Perfect for tapas style dining, my personal favourite is the slow cooked pork cheek taco washed down with a Raspberry Cooler mocktail.
351 Lygon ST
East Elevation embodies everything about hipster dining in Melbourne. An old warehouse style restaurant with exposed brick providing a backdrop to an indoor garden, East Elevation has a focus on vegan and vegetarian dining.
Delicious and unique options are on offer for breakfast, lunch and cake, but a personal favourite for me, is the way their chai tea is served, in a red enamel milk pan on a wooden board. Definitely worth the tram trip into East Brunswick.
Little Ramen Bar
5/346 Lt Bourke ST
This tiny restaurant hidden on Little Bourke is the closest I have found in Melbourne to authentic Japanese ramen! Hallelujah!
Serving steaming hot bowls of deliciousness, Monday to Saturday for lunch and dinner, LRB will satisfy all your ramen needs from classic bowls of soy based ramen with egg, to their spicy Tan Tan Men ramen, for those a little more adventurous among you. Personally, I can’t bring myself to change from the Shoyu base, ‘Classic Ramen’ with extra bean shoots.
Naturally, you can’t go to a Japanese restaurant without trying their Gyoza (Japanese dumplings), and LRB’s Gyoza does not disappoint!
The Meatball and Wine Bar
135 Flinders LN
This place is quite possibly heaven. Restaurants are located in Richmond, Collingwood and the CBD, however I tend to gravitate towards the Flinders Lane store, due to an ingrained love of Melbourne’s laneway culture. The shop is tiny, dark and everything else you could ever wish of an iconic Melbourne laneway restaurant.
With any type of meatball, from fish to vegetable on offer, their homemade pasta makes an excellent base for whatever takes your fancy. I myself stick to 100% Angus beef balls with a rich, red Italian sauce.
Richmond Club Hotel
100 Swan ST
The upper levels of this Swan Street icon look out over the train tracks, making it a picturesque and popular watering hole for Richmondites. However as a university student missing her parents home cooking, for me, the highlight of this gem is their $15 steak or parma night.
This deal is available on both Tuesday and Wednesday nights, and when paired with a jug of one of many cocktails on their extensive drinks list, is an excellent way to wind down. I like the Pimms No. 1 Jug for a fruity and refreshing treat!