Melbourne has become the Australia’s new culinary capital lately. It’s all due to its prize star restaurant — Attica.
Sydney used to be Australia’s culinary capital with some international fame restaurants – Quay, Momofuku Seiōbo, Sepia, and Tetsuya. Sydney has long been the overachieving sibling who has always gotten the attention. I think those days has past. It’s Melbourne’s turn. The world’s eyes have move south like a man looking at a big breasted woman fantasizing about her going down under. Pun intended.
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I spent a week in Melbourne gaining unwanted weight. Melbourne has a lot of different cultures meshed together in its little city. There’s Italian, Chinese, Australian, French, Macca’s, and Hungry Jack’s. If you don’t know what Macca’s or Hungry Jack’s are, well the rest of the world calls them McDonald’s and Burger King. Don’t ask me why Australia has decided to call them Hungry Jack’s and Macca’s. They were probably on a drinking binge and wanted to get some late food, but the drunk goggles couldn’t make out the rest of the words.
Here are out top picks for Melbourne’s restaurants:
- MoVida Bar de Tapas – The little Spanish tapas bar is located on the famous Hosier Lane. It serves some delicious tapas in the graffiti-ridden alley. It’s a laid back environment known to get really busy, so make sure you have reservations. I recommend the Bistec Tartar De Wagyu and Cecina. Also, don’t forget to pay for my last bill. Thanks!
- Rosetta Ristorante – Rosetta is apart of the Rockpool Group. It’s an Italian restaurant inside the Crown Casino. The patio is a perfect place to dine during the first weeks of December when the sun is shining and the flies are swarming Melbourne. The best items are Maialino de Latte and Squid Ink Spaghetti.
- Hutong Dumpling Bar – Hutong is Mandarin for “alley” or “laneway”. The dumpling bar is a few steps from Chinatown and it serves some of the best Xiao Long Baos I’ve tasted in my life. The large succulent morsels come piping hot out of the steamer and it evaporates in your mouth like a tab of acid when you get pulled over by the cops. I recommend getting the Xiao Long Bao, Crab Dumplings, and Wontons w/ Spicy Sauce.
- Cumulus Inc – It’s a cafe/restaurant with an open kitchen and high ceilings. It’s serves some of the best Full English Breakfast I’ve had outside of England. The restaurant prides itself in organic ingredients, which I’m not too fond. How good could something be if it’s organic? That’s like cross-fitters saying paleo is the way to go cause it’s what cavemen ate. Well, the average cavemen lived only like 30-35 years.
- Gold Leaf – The authentic Chinese restaurant in Sunshine. Gold Leaf serves some solid yum cha aka dim sum. I recommend getting the Shrimp dumpling, Won tons, and Shiu Mai. Gold Leaf ranks pretty high in my all time favorite dim sum restaurants in the world. Trust me. I’ve eaten at a lot of dim sum restaurants in the world. I can count them on two fingers.
Those were the memorable restaurants we had in Melbourne during our drunk days and nights. There were other notable restaurants like Luxembourg, Grossi Florentino and Culter & Co. However, we didn’t think they stood out like Eminem at the BET Awards. For the full listing of restaurants we tried in Melbourne click here.
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