So voila my list of the best/funkiest restaurants for breakky and dinner in Melbourne.
Great Breakfast Joints:
- Cumulus Inc :
- Location: 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne CBD.
- Food/Atmos: Great "modern Australian"* food, laid back atmosphere, great quality ingredients, fairly reasonably priced.
- Location: Next to the city library, Ground 253-265 Flinders Lane Melbourne CBD.
- Food/Atmos: Hidden cafe with fabulous coffee - you must try the avocado and lemon on toast.
- Degraves Cafe:
- Location: Down a laneway off Collins St, 23 - 25 Degraves St, Melbourne CBD.
- Food/Atmos: A bit of an institution, laid back, funky tatooed staff and warming, comfortable breakfast.
- Von Haus: (photo above from TummyRumbles)
- Location: 1a Crossley Street, Melbourne CBD.
- Food/Atmos: Feels like a lovely secret, hidden down an alley-way, it feels as if you're walking into someones home! Although a little stiff in the AM, it rocks on at night ('till 11pm) - a great tipple spot. Great wines, cheeses, coffee and breakkys.
Delicious and Laid Back Dinner:
- Vue de Monde
- Location: Normanby Chambers, 430 Little Collins Street, Melbourne CBD.
- Food/Atmos: Absolute food theatre! Degustation only restaurant, worth the extra $$ for the delicious menu. Sort of Mod Aus* style (french-y). Simply the: Best. Meal. Of. My. Life! (The truffle risotto is impressive as was the smoked trout). And the sommelier was completely spot on with his wine pairings. Amazing, worth the splurge.
- Location: 113 Lonsdale St, Melbourne CBD.
- Food/Atmos: Mod Asian. Delicious, very modern/funky atmosphere. A great experience. Has a few levels for different types of dining. Try their "Cocktail du Jour".
- Cumulus Inc. (Again!)
- Location: See above.
- Food/Atmos: Changes from chilled cafe at breakfast, to fairly sleek yet unpretentious dining spot for dinner. Lovely dishes which are advised to be shared... Mod Aus* style, again!
- Grossi Florentin0
- Location: 80 Bourke Street, Melbourne CBD.
- Food/Atmos: Absolutely amazing service, an old fashioned kind I had never experienced before. Feels very "family" too, like many Italian restaurants. Delicious comfort food.
Anyway for those who live in Aus and those who don't, I hope you get around to tasting these hand-picked/tried and tested restaurant faves in Melbourne.
Share with me some of your favourite restaurants...
*"Modern Australian": is sort of a modern, simplified evolution of French food and simple Anglo food.
P.S. The best breakky was chez our hotel: PJ dress code, strange interstate newspapers soaked up and many teas consumed...