Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Where to Eat in Melbourne # 1

Well, have been home since Sunday after a lovely week of shopping and eating in Melbourne.. busting to share with you all my favourite dining spots - but our internet has been down... it just recommenced today!

So voila my list of the best/funkiest restaurants for breakky and dinner in Melbourne.

I've lost the source of this image, so let me know if it's yours. It's lovely.

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.

- Journal:
- 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.

- Seamstress
- 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...


Char said...



:) thanks Annabelle! it's so sweet to hear that from you...


Maggie May said...

i love your thoughtful lists.

Cynthia at A Shimmy in My Spirit said...

Thank you for your list. I love lists - my journal is full of them. I have book marked this list for the day when I get to travel to Melbourne. They look wonderful...avocado and lemon on toast...think I must try that

Drucks said...

Being an avid melbourne citizen, I have been to 7 of these, and agree with each of your comments. Come back again for even more culinary fun!

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