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This Hawkesbury river boathouse looks like it's come straight from a shoot with Vogue. Elegant and casual, fun and cheery, it's worth taking a day trip to Palm Beach for. Red-and-white awnings hang over charcoal-painted tables where the white El Loco. El Loco does an excellent taco for a fiver. A crunchy tangle of chopped cabbage, coriander, spring onion, and a spiced mayonnaise done in messy zigzags over the lot arrives at our table.
Little cubes of "mystery" meat, offal perhaps, are tender Four In Hand. Four in Hand, a gutsy pub-side restaurant, has a loyal local following of those who crave honest cooking. Bells at Killcare. The restaurant is sophisticated, with a casual coastal tilt. There's blue-and-white-striped awnings and starched Four Seasons Hotel.
Commonly known as Oldman Saltbush, this plant is native to Australia and adapts well to arid environments with saline soil. Grain, the new bar at Sydney 's Four Seasons Hotel, serves up the fried twigs, and you better believe it: they're Photo courtesy of Gelato Messina.
Gelato Messina Darlinghurst. Photo courtesy of bourkestreetbakery. Bourke Street Bakery Surry Hills. Queues consistently spill out onto the footpath at this little corner shop. The creme brulee tarts are locally famous, and Photo by Petrina Tinslay. Sit in the bustling restaurant itself, or take your food away and enjoy it with a view of the harbour. We recommend the good, old-fashioned Cod and Chips.
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Fancy an Italian twist to your Melbourne visit? The next stop in this Melbourne food guide offers some of the best pizza in town! Head here on a sunny night and enjoy your pizza in the tables outside the restaurant, buzzing, city atmosphere all around. When it comes to choice of pizza, you will not be disappointed. With 19 pizzas to choose from, as well as starters, pastas and desserts, there is something for everyone. Highly recommend the American Boy! One of the best lunch restaurants Melbourne has to offer or perhaps Brunch would be more suitable is the cute house-conversion in North Richmond, 8 Murray St.
With homemade apricot jam, grown from their garden and homemade tahini, your mouth will be in heaven from the mass amount of flavour from this bowl. Squeeze through the narrow doors of New Jaffa and be transported to a bustling cafe in Israel.
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Fellow foodies rub elbows and share platters, discussing the day gone by and the weeks ahead. Everyone is equal in New Jaffa, united by a passion for exquisite food.
The owner of New Jaffa, Moshe, modelled the cafe on the communal cafes of his home country, Israel. Everyone sharing the same platter of food, encouraging conversation, bonding and friendship. If you head through to the back of the cafe, you will find a decorated garden, continuing this theme of community and belonging. The mosaic tables, climbing ivy walls and quirky bird cage decorations make New Jaffa a hot Instagram spot. There are a wide range of options, designed to suit all diets and preferences.
The Hummus and homemade pittas were a personal favourite, along with the unique alcoholic and non-alcoholic cocktails, designed by Moshe and the gang. We recommend the sharing platter, for a chance to try a unique spin on these delicious Israeli dishes. The number of delicious looking restaurants offering cuisines from all over Asia is simply staggering. Not only that, but the street entertainment and beautiful decor is a treat to boot! Not only are the huge selection of dumplings a treat for the stomach, but the lunch time deals are a treat for the bank account too.
Definitely the cheapest and best Chinese restaurant Melbourne Chinatown has to offer. Head out east to Elsternwick and get yourself to one of the coolest burger joints in Melbourne. This restaurant has one of the most unique menus we have come across yet.
Ever thought of ordering your dinner and desert together? Nostimo and Co is perfect for you, as one of the funky restaurants Melbourne is famous for. We were blown away by how good the double beef burger, cheese and bacon was inside a donut! The flavours of sweet and savoury were mouth watering. The Nutella shake and fries was another new taster for us, again the combination of sweet and savoury is life-changing. These were so good in fact, we decided to pack it up and have it for breakfast the next day!
We recommend the Nutella Cheeseburger. Sounds mental, I know, but it is seriously life-changing! Definitely at the top of our list of food to try in Melbourne. Settled in the north-eastern suburbs of Melbourne is one of the more romantic restaurants Melbourne has to offer, and definitely one of the nicest us old dogs have visited. This authentic Italian restaurant is the perfect place for a romantic date night, with its cosy lights, warming dishes and welcoming staff. It is these family restaurants Melbourne is famous for and from which, gets its quaint charm.
Not only does this restaurant have the Italian classics that we have grown to love over our Italian cycling adventure, but Maccaroni Osteria also have one of the widest range of vegan options we have ever seen. The menu selection is designed to mirror the traditional options with vegan-friendly options, meaning anyone can enjoy the hearty, Italian dishes that this place has to offer.
Perfect for one of the most romantic restaurants in Melbourne. Deciding on what to eat in Melbourne was often the hardest decisions we faced, simply because of the huge range of choices! This is where our final recommendation comes in: good old pub food at our favourite watering hole and all-round best bar in Melbourne, Asian Beer Cafe! As much as we would try to broaden our pallet, expand the horizon and get creative with our choice in bars and restaurants, we would always end up here for a happy hour jug. Perfect for any backpacker on a budget , this bar offers one of the best happy hours in the city.
Not only is Asian Beer Cafe one of the best affordable restaurants Melbourne has to offer, the buzzing atmosphere, vibrant decor and excellent choice of budget food and drinks make it a backpackers dream. This is without a doubt one of the best restaurant deals Melbourne has to offer, and is a must visit bar if you love good food and great music. Melbourne Central, Third Floor. This list is just a tiny fraction of the number of amazing restaurants out there that we love and cherish around the beautiful city of Melbourne.
We have never been to a city with such a wide range of pallets, choice, prices and quirky designs for restaurants, bars and cafes. If you enjoy your food and drink, Melbourne is definitely a city that you will know and love, finding it easy to settle in and impossible to leave. If you have visited Melbourne recently, let us know what you thought of the city in the comments below.
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