Adam D'Sylva

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Chef at Coda and Tonka

He’s the star be­hind the stove and part owner of two of the hottest ta­bles in town, Coda and Tonka. Both are lo­cated on what Adam D’Sylva calls “the Golden Mile”, a strip along Flin­ders Lane he al­ways di­rects vis­i­tors to Mel­bourne to­wards. “There and to Lit­tle

Viet­nam along Victoria Street in Rich­mond and to mar­kets like the one at South Mel­bourne,” he says. “Mel­bourne is a truly eclec­tic and world-class city. We have so much cul­ture and di­ver­sity, cou­pled with great pro­duce and tal­ent.”

At this year’s Mel­bourne Food and Wine Fes­ti­val, Adam is one of the chefs pre­par­ing the World’s Long­est Lunch at Footscray. “Sit­ting down for lunch with 1700 peo­ple along one long ta­ble is very spe­cial,” he says. “It’s a great day with so much at­mos­phere and a spec­tac­u­lar set­ting.”

Here are some of Adam’s favourite places:


I have my morn­ing cof­fee in the court­yard at Trunk Diner, as it’s a such beau­ti­ful set­ting and the cof­fee is great, too.


You’re al­ways guar­an­teed a good night on the ter­race at Siglo, with that beau­ti­ful view over Par­lia­ment House.


That’s Amore is out of the city, but a must for any cheese lover. It’s an amaz­ing deli that makes its own fresh cheeses. Don’t leave with­out try­ing the warm ri­cotta.

Hid­den Gem

My favourite Chi­nese restau­rant is Pa­cific BBQ House in Rich­mond. I hope I can still get in next time af­ter giv­ing away my se­cret!

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