Inspired by Melbourne Foodie. (Where is he lately, by the way?)
Melbourne has so, so many restaurants. And while I got over 'cafe' food a long time ago, I still love eating out (yes, RG, hur, and indeed, hur)... though my monetary sitch prevents me from trying places I've been dying to for years (Vue de Monde, Flower Drum and Ezard spring immediately to mind).
So here are my tips for Melbourne (in Sydney, I only know - and LOVE - Summit).
Best Breakfast by far goes to the amazing Devour. Most weekends you'll see my busted tranny arse seedily munching the home made baked beans, eggs marakesh or Snickers thickshake.... or Boyfriend's extra hash brown in his Big Brekkie.
**NOTE: The owners have sold up and are moving to the beach in September, so get in while you can!**
Best Banquet is Yianni's Tavern in Kew. Amazing Greek food, huge servings. I've been there with four stoned baby boomers and they still didn't finish everything (though they DID do it in a power-hour). Boyfriend and I have taken dozens of people and they've all loved it, vegetarians, seafood haters, even people allergic to garlic. I think it's because it's just very simple, fresh food. Also, best calamari in Melbourne.
Best Chinese/Yum Cha is Oriental Tea House. It's the only Yum Cha I eat, and the dumplings, my god. The $45 buffet is lovely, but for a cheaper hit, just get a selection of dumplings and a tea.
My Favourite Japanese is Matsuya's in Fairfield. The second banquet has literally all my favourite 'Aussie' Japanese foods. Also, they do this $40 mixed sushi for two, that comes in a massive wooden boat. Book ahead, and just try to ignore the fucking families with fucking children.
Best Takeaway is Ora Thai in Fairfield. I like Petite Saigon in Thornbury, too, but you really have to know what to order (there are plenty of duds) Don't let the bain maries (sp?) put you off: Ora Thai is all good, and all fresh, if you don't get the 'express' stuff. Best garlic rotis, too.
Best Informal CBD Place is Nudel Bar. Food Nazi tipped me off to it in a post, and now I'm a little obsessed with their Thai Fried Noodles (funny coincidence: I get her favourite, and Boyfriend's regular is what her partner had... a coincidence indeed, with the huge menu).
Best Dodgy Retro Choi-noise takeaway is Peking Inn in Bundoora. It has all the standards, done well and cheap, with massive servings (after the serving containers places closer to the city have, I was shocked to see again the massive ones the food came in).
Best Cocktails and Food is Longgrain. I've only been once, but it was... transcendent. Best cocktails I've ever had, as well as the best soft-shell crab. Ach, I wish I was there now.
Best Pizza is Mojo's. Or Crust. Not that I really have Italian, especially pizza, though I loooove pizza to death.
But my bestest, favourite restaurant of all time is still Pearl. I know it's a clishe, but the red duck curry, srsly.
45 minutes ago