I spent a busy few days in Melbourne last week sourcing for a few projects I have on. I packed in a lot of things in a short time, and I thought I would share a wrap up of what I loved on the blog…I’m breaking the photos (iPhone quality – apologies, but my Canon was too big to take around in my bag) in to two posts. Here’s a wrap up of what I ate. And yes, it was a lot…hope these tips help for anyone visiting the chilly city soon.
Coda was a tip off from a good Sydney-based but Melbourne born and bred friend, and it didn’t disappoint. Right in the middle of the city, it’s basement setting in an iconic laneway serves ‘French-Vietnamese’ style food, with influences from all around the world, including Italy and India. Definitely worth a visit for a special dinner and a delicious cocktail.
I know it isn’t hard to find a good coffee in Melbourne, but I have to be honest and say the one I had at Duke’s Coffee Roasters was one of the best I’ve ever had (and I’ve had a lot of coffees).
I treated my little sister for her birthday (who is based in Melbourne) to a lunch at Supernormal. We had a table at the long and open kitchen bar which was great to watch the clever chefs do their thing. Super hip and super delicious Asian cuisine.
I spent a lot of time exploring Collingwood, so an iced coconut drink was just what I needed from Phamily Kitchen – a traditional menu (but contemporary in looks) vietnamese eatery with the cutest and most colourful restaurant fit out I’ve ever seen.
The last pit stop was at one of George Colambaris’ restaurants, Gazi. Holy wow, talk about delicious. I love greek food at the best of times, and was so impressed with the Taramasalata, I’ve thought about it a few times since (tell me I’m not the only one who does that…flood flashbacks?).
Not to be forgotten, but unfortunately not pictured is the dinner I had with two of my sisters on the Friday night (Essie was also in Melbourne for work) at Pope Joan. The meal felt like I was visiting a friends house who was a really (really) good cook – all seasonal produce, it was comfort food at it’s best – which suits me fine. Safe to say that Melbourne is still acing the whole food game!
I’ll be back soon with a summary of the great shops I managed to visit.