Melbourne - Eating
Melbourne’s ethnic diversity is reflected in its culinary world, and as gastronomic outings are a bit of a local obsession, there are a vast variety of restaurants to choose from. It’s no surprise that Melbourne is dubbed the eating capital of Australia. Many of Melbourne’s areas have a culinary character all of their own—from the Greek atmosphere of Lonsdale Street or Carlton’s "Little Italy," to the wide choice of Chinatown around Little Bourke Street. Near the Yarra River, at the Southgate complex you can enjoy striking views of the city and spectacular waterfront while you dine. You’ll find something for every palate and price range—from fine dining to fast noodles, from focaccia to fish of the day. It is said that to truly discover Melbourne is to embark on an adventure for the taste buds.
The Isthmus of Kra
Award winning Isthmus of Kra is renowned in Melbourne for serving creative and traditional Thai dishes in a beautifully tranquil setting.
Red Orange offers a mix of modern Australian and international cuisine located just opposite the famous Prahran Market. The Porterhouse steak is mouth-watering.
Becco is a lively restaurant and one of the centre’s most popular Italian eateries. The speciality is seafood, and if you’re a fish lover then try the ‘whole fish of the day’ special. There is also an adjoining bar.
Robarta and the Nest
This restaurant, bar and late night lounge embodies the atmosphere of St Kilda and is temptingly close to the pastry shops of Acland Street if you fancy a sweet dessert. Asian inspired.
Shark Fin Inn
Located in Chinatown, this restaurant serves some of the finest authentic Cantonese food in Melbourne. It’s a favourite for dim sum.
The Vegie Bar
The Vegie Bar is a fun, hip place to grab a bite or sit down and enjoy a good meal—a great and healthy alternative to traditional fast food. The menu offers a wide variety of dishes inspired by the world over.
This sleek and fine restaurant serves Australian freestyle cuisine with a twist of Asia—it is a truly delicious gastronomic experience. For starter why not try Japanese inspired oyster shooter, for the main course Chinese style roast duck and dessert espresso chocolate marquise. Bon appétit!
Baraki Upo Mezethes
The restaurant offers a mouth-watering selection of distinctive Mediterranean mezethes to share. Don’t miss out on the signature dish! And, as the menu suggests, "ask for lots of bread and feel free to make a mess."
Jimmy Watson’s Wine Bar & Restaurant
This third-generation Australian wine family offers a memorable dining experience. Aside from the delicious food, the restaurant also offers a good selection of wines.
FOG Restaurant and Bar
Trendy with black lacquer floors, columns and bar mirrors, and red twig chandeliers. Fog is an inventive mix of café-bar-restaurant. The first level is casual with wicked cocktails as an incentive and the second level offers European and Southwest American flavours. Try the Oak Smoked Duck breast.
The French Brasserie in the top end of town boasts an internationally renowned chef who produces modern French cuisine. This culinary delight is served in a chic environment with an inside and outside seating area.
Colonial Tramcar Restaurant
These beautiful tramcar restaurants on wheels offer a truly delightful and innovative approach to dining with a cosy atmosphere and friendly service. The food is prepared on the trams and a Maitre’d oversees the traditional silver and white linen service.
Mezza Lebanese Grill
A night out at Mezza is not just a nice dining experience, it’s a complete Lebanese experience—good food, belly dancers and music. The Lebanese dishes served at Mezza vary from region to region, with different spices and flavorings adding each area’s unique accent.
Cerberus Beach House
This lovely little hidden gem in the heart of Black Rock is serving fresh sea food and healthy classics in an open fronted restaurant. Friendly staff, amazing food and a stunning view over the bay, what more can you ask for?
China Bar Signature
China Bar Signature is the largest buffet restaurant in Melbourne and offers the best of Asian cuisine. The food is prepared by some of the finest chefs from all over Asia, including China, Vietnam, Malaysia and Hong Kong. Here you can indulge yourself with dishes like sushi, sashimi, fresh oysters, Peking duck, yum cha, noodle and traditional Asian soups.