We ate at quite a number of places in Melbourne, and I thought I’d share some of our favourites with you.
Rear 357 Collins Street, Melbourne 3000 (Access from Fulham Place, off Flinders Street) 106 Smith Street, Collingwood 3066
My ex-student introduced me to Grill’d, a popular fast food-like chain that has numerous outlets scattered all over Melbourne, and I thought they had the best burgers I’ve had in a long time. I liked how the burgers were supposedly healthy, and the fries were pretty awesome too.
When I told my friend about how great I thought the burgers at Grill’d were, she told me that I had to try the burgers from Huxtaburger instead. I was skeptical, but when C’s friend, who lives in Melbourne, told us the same thing, we decided to try it for ourselves before we left Melbourne.
Mighty Melbourne burger & fries from Grill’d
The Huxtaburger’s beef patty is somehow juicier and more tender, and we enjoyed every bite of it. Its bun is also pretty special, as it is actually brioche, and Noah ate quite a bit of it too.
I still think the Grill’d burgers are quite good, so if you come across one, (which you will, because there are so many of them around), you can try one for yourself.
295 Drummond Street, Carlton, VIC 3053
This is a cafe/restaurant that supposedly has great coffee. Again, because I’m not a coffee person, I can’t vouch for that myself. The food is pretty good, and I liked the general vibe of the place too. They are also famous for their pizzas, but I decided to go with a lasagna that day. It was nice and yummy, although the portion size was too big for me to finish.
Some fried ball of black rice and swordfish chunks (forgot what it’s called)
23-25 Tattersalls Lane, Melbourne, VIC 3000
When C and I first visited Melbourne, this was one of our favourite places to eat at, because it was cheap, and served free hot tea. We decided to come back again, just to see if it was as good as we remembered it to be, and it was. Service was quite bad, but we were just happy to be eating the noodles again after so many years. Do go early, as it gets quite crowded during the usual meal-times.
The restaurant still looked the same after more than ten years!
Free hot tea
Fried Shanghainese noodles and dumplings
Some award for being cheap affordable
Shop 29-31 QV Square, Cnr Swanston and Lonsdale Street, Melbourne, 3000
We were craving proper Chinese food after two weeks, and chanced upon this restaurant at QV Central. It looked like it served authentic Hong Kong food, so we ordered wantan mee, a condensed milk bun, a luncheon meat and egg toast, and some iced milk tea. Every dish was excellent, and even though the portions were huge, we greedily ate everything up. Without taking photos. Oops.
Anyway, if you’re in Melbourne and sick of angmoh food, I highly recommend this place. Such a pity that we only came across it on our last weekend there!
5. La Camera
Shop MR2 Mid Level East End, Southgate, Southbank VIC 3006
We stayed near the Crown casino, and this Italian restaurant does deliveries to our serviced apartment. It’s supposed to be one of the best Italian restaurants in Melbourne, so do give it a try if you are in the area. The spaghetti bolognese was rich and full of flavour, and so was the risotto. We tried their vanilla crepe cake for dessert, and liked that it was different from the usual cakes.
Noah got to try some spaghetti for the first time, but he didn’t quite enjoy it. He’s a very fussy eater, but this was one time I didn’t mind him not wanting to eat, because it meant not having to share my pasta with him.
Noah tries pasta for the first time
29 Little La Trobe Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000
This is a very pretty cafe that my friend brought me to, that has good coffee. I had a hot chocolate, that was only so-so, but the carrot cake was very yummy. I think they get their cakes from the same place that Clement at the South Melbourne Market gets theirs, because they look exactly the same.
Hot chocolate & carrot cake
PS. We’ve learnt the hard way that many of Melbourne’s restaurants do NOT have high chairs for babies. Most people use those really big strollers, and if there’s outdoor seating available, they usually sit there with their babies parked in the stroller, next to their tables. We didn’t bring our stroller along, so we usually take turns holding Noah, and try to eat fast, which is why I don’t have many photos of our food or the restaurants.
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