Eat & Drink

Melbourne Official Visitor Guide - - Inside -

Dive into Mel­bourne’s din­ing scene. Great cof­fee, food with fi­nesse and a cool bar scene are all on

of­fer right across the city and sub­urbs.

Great Start

Mel­bur­ni­ans take break­fast very se­ri­ously, spend­ing time with fam­ily and friends over cof­fee and eggs even on a week day. Set­tle into the so­phis­ti­cated sur­rounds of Higher Ground and choose from de­li­cious dishes like warm po­lenta and corn­flakes, strac­ciatella ice­cream, dried ba­nana, marzi­pan and honey. An­other smart choice is The Ket­tle Black, where there’s an Asian in­flu­ence across the menu. At sunny Ad­dict Food and Cof­fee grab one of the out­side ta­bles, com­mune with the lo­cal pups and order some­thing like co­conut chia pud­ding or French toast crum­pets. high­er­ground­mel­bourne.com. au theket­tle­black.com.au /ad­dict­mel­bourne

High Times

If it wasn’t for the trams run­ning along the street be­low, you might think you’re in Paris at the Pro­vin­cial Rooftop, with its pretty pot­ted trees and cafe ta­bles.

Its cock­tail, the Blood In (Four Pil­lars Bloody Shi­raz gin, straw­ber­ries, bal­samic and ver­mouth), is the taste of sum­mer. Stare out to­wards the city sky­line at Up­side Rooftop Bar while you pe­ruse the cock­tail menu with its em­pha­sis on Ja­panese flavours. Up late? Climb the stairs at the Euro­pean to find Siglo, a Euro­pean wine bar on a ter­race over­look­ing Par­lia­ment House.

It’s the per­fect spot for a night­cap. provin­cial­ho­tel.com.au up­siderooftop­bar.com.au siglo­bar.com.au

New in the ’burbs

It’s worth a trip to Brunswick

East to visit Dun­ning Kruger.

At this cool bar, the own­ers bake sweet Amer­i­can-style pies dur­ing the day and serve up a short but as­tute list of cock­tails, lo­cal beers and wines by night. An old bank in Rich­mond has been trans­formed into Fargo and Co, a classy cock­tail bar with a list of clas­sics, tasty new­com­ers and even some (an espresso mar­tini and pas­sion­fruit bellini) on tap. If you want to eat ke­babs, al­beit fancy ones, as you sip cock­tails with a Mid­dle Eastern theme, the new Big­gie Smalls in Wind­sor is your kind of place. dun­ningkruger­bar.com far­goandco.com.au big­gies­malls.com.au

Take it Out­side

There’s noth­ing like a beer in the sun­shine when the weather is play­ing nice. In the city, find a spot at Trunk, where the spa­cious gar­den con­nects the diner with the more for­mal restau­rant. Hang out with lo­cals at The Stan­dard, where the sprawl­ing beer gar­den plays host to fam­ily groups and mates catch­ing up over a meal. Its green ex­te­rior has been main­tained, but the Ter­mi­nus Ho­tel has had a se­ri­ously smart up­grade that in­cludes a two-level trop­i­cal beer gar­den as well as an out­door ter­race bar. trunk­town.com.au the­s­tandard­ho­tel.com.au theter­mi­nushotel.com.au

Food on Wheels

Each week­end, a new col­lec­tive of meals on wheels ar­rives at Pre­ston’s Food Truck Park (Fri­day night, Satur­day and Sun­day).

You might get a choice of tacos or In­dian cur­ries or Korean dumplings or fancy donuts, but what­ever’s there is sure to be tasty. Craft beers and wine are served up by Barry’s Bar and there are plenty of places to sit and chat with friends.

the­foodtruck­park.com.au

From Far­away Shores

Through­out Mel­bourne you’ll find cuisines from many na­tions, served up in hum­ble eater­ies as well as high-end fine-din­ers and ev­ery­thing in be­tween. Head to Vic­to­ria Street in Rich­mond for Viet­namese food, or Lit­tle Bourke Street in the CBD, where Chi­na­town har­bours hun­dreds of restau­rants serv­ing dumplings, Pek­ing duck and more. Carl­ton’s Ly­gon Street is known as Lit­tle Italy. And that’s just the start of it. In the CBD, Lucy Liu Kitchen & Bar has a hip vibe and shared Asian plates, like yel­low fin tuna tataki. Feast on hand­made pasta at Lello Pasta Bar — a fea­ture is cu­lur­giones, which are plump Sar­dinian ravi­oli filled with potato, mint and pecorino. A peren­nial favourite with lo­cals is HU­TONG Dumpling Bar, where you can watch as cooks fold the del­i­cate parcels down­stairs be­fore tak­ing your seat up­stairs. The xiao long bao (soup dumpling) game is strong here. lucylius.com.au lel­lopastabar.com.au hu­tong.com.au

Estelle Bistro, North­cote

The Ket­tle Black, South Mel­bourne

Higher Ground

Big­gie Smalls, Wind­sor

Word on the StreetRe­becca (14) from Rich­mondMum took us to Rowena Cor­ner Store where they have these amaz­ing freak­shakes. It took me ages to de­cide which one to have, but I chose the Tim Tam, which has got Tim Tam gelato, loads of gooey fudge, choco­late syrup, flaky choco­late and crushed-up Tim Tams. It was awe­some, but it took me al­most anhour to fin­ish it. rowe­na­corner­store.comTrunk

Lello Pasta Bar Eu­gene Hy­land

Pi­dapipó, Carl­ton

Hu­Tong Dumpling Bar

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