Where to Eat: Melbourne

If there’s one thing I have to do on all of my trips abroad- it’s to eat. I mean, duh, we all have to eat. But what I mean by that statement is to google the hell out of which local restaurants are a must to visit, and then- try them all! Most of them are brunch places because apparently, it’s such a thing in Melbourne! I had no idea! Most of the places that caught my fancy are the cute cafè types (there are so many of them!), and they’re almost always packed for brunch. It makes me wonder what the work schedules are like for most of the people here. I see guys in suits out for brunch from about 10AM-1PM! Thats a looong lunch break! Well, y’know what they say… when in Melby, do as the locals! Here are a few of my favorites. I’m no food critic so forgive the not-so-elaborate descriptions, but do enjoy this mouthwatering post!

 THE KETTLE BLACK

Located in South Melbourne, quite near our hotel. We opted to have brunch here before our wine tour (more on that soon!) and were super lucky to be seated without having to wait. I hear that is almost never the case! When I saw the restaurant from afar, I instantly wished I spotted the right one, just because the exteriors were so pretty!

I was right, thankfully. And also not surprised that the inside greeted me with an equally pleasant design!

Flat White was divine!

-$4.00-

FRESH KINGFISH WITH POTATO CRISPS, TOMATO, AVOCADO & LEAVES
– $23.00 –

Good, healthy, but so little for a hungry growing girl!

CAPE GRIM FULLY TRACEABLE BEEF WITH HOUSE-MADE MUSTARD, SEASONAL FRUIT RELISH & LEAVES ON THE KETTLE BLACK BUN – $23.00 –

Andi ate this so I cant give you my two cents, but it looked pretty good!

HOTCAKE WITH RICOTTA, BLUEBERRIES, PURE MAPLE, DOUBLE CREAM & SEEDS
– $18.00 –

We were still hungry after our first dish so we decided to get another one. THIS IS SO GOOD and pretty!!!! Im so happy we got it!

Couldn’t resist snapping a few touristy photos in front of Flinders Station!

What a character. Even the locals couldn’t help but look!

Next up is CUMULUS CAFE along Flinders Lane.

We wanted to catch brunch here but our schedules were too packed that we only had time to visit for dinner. We had to wait for 2 hours guys!!! People love this place too much I guess!

Chilled watercress & sorrel soup, king prawn

-$12-

Good- but maybe because I was dying of starvation.

Rock Flathead, borlotti, chermoula

-$36-

So so good!

Whole slow roast lamb shoulder to share

-$73-

Quite pricey but my friends loved it. It was soooo soft I couldn’t resist…. cutting off a piece LOL. I didn’t eat it but I just wanted to try slicing it up!

Roast new season potatoes, confit garlic & sage (at the left hand side)

-$8-

Normal starchy potato.

Brunch in Melby can’t go on without a visit to the famous ST ALI.

It was quite far and hard to find, but we made the effort just because we read so many good reviews about it! Plus, we ended up spotting our co-tour friends! Meaning it must have been well recommended!

Koo Koo Ca Choo

-$22.5-

Crispy potato hash w braised mushroom ratatouille, poached eggs, shaved Gruyère & chlorophyll & truffle vinaigrette #gf #veg

My mouth is honestly still salivating over this.  YUM.

The Dadddy

-$18-

Ciabatta Breakfast Bun w pork, chili & fennel sausage, bacon, scrambled egg & St Ali brown sauce

This looks pretty huge but Andi had another order right after! Its either her appetite is insane, or this just didn’t cut it 🙁

 

Last but not the least, desserts and coffee at CHEZ DRE!

Also located in South Melbourne, a delightful home for french artisan desserts!

I must have dove in because I cant find the photos I took of what I ordered. I just remember it being A LOT! The Macarons here are THE BEST I’ve probably ever tasted!!!

That’s it for all the Melby munchies. Til the next!