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Son In Law Location: 56-58 Johnston Street, Collingwood Victoria Contact: 03 9410 399 Resplendent in blazing purple is Son In Law, a stone’s throw from the Tote on busy Johnston street. This is fresh, up to date Thai Street food. We had to start with this new restaurant’s name sake: Son In Law Eggs – Sweet Tamarind, Chilli, fried shallots – $8
I am constantly astounded by the quality and diversity of food that is offered in Melbourne. Having recently returned from travelling and working overseas (where I had the pleasure of dining at quite a few Michelin-starred restaurants), I can comfortably say that Melbourne offers some of the best restaurants and cafes in the world, which, believe it or not, I much preferred over their Michelin-starred counterparts. This past month I have been very ‘busy’ re-acquainting my palette with Melbourne food. Here are a few favourites that I’d happily eat at (over and over) again: Hinoki Japanese Pantry Location: 279 Smith Street, Fitzroy, VIC 0065 Contact: 03 9417 4531 Fonda Mexican Location: 248 Swan Street, Richmond, VIC 3121 Contact: 03 9429 0085 Jinda Thai Location: 7 Ferguson St, Abbotsford, VIC 3067 Contact: 03 9419 5899
Lazerpig Pizza Parlour Location: 9-11 Peel St, Collingwood, VIC 3066 Contact: (03) 9417-1177 We rarely find pizza that’s on par with 400 Gradi + DOC, but Lazerpig is firmly up in the same ranks. The dough is light and fluffy; the toppings not too heavy or sparse. The margherita is dangerously delicious and addictive, and (dare we say it), better than Gradi’s version. Watch out kids!
Saint Crispin Location: 300 Smith St, Collingwood, VIC 3066 Contact: 03 9419 2202 If we had to draw up a list of 10 of our favourite places to dine in Melbourne, Saint Crispin would firmly take one of the top spots. Why? Whimsical plating, playful execution and absolutely exquisite flavour combinations. The dishes are never too heavy, the menu is well-priced considering the quality and care that goes into each plate, and we’ve never had a dish that’s been a ‘miss’ here. We’ll let these photos speak for themselves – this is a must try. Opt for three courses; you’d be crazy not to.
Wagyu tartare and bresaola, egg yolk, hay ash and pine nuts
Asparagus, roasted parmesan custard, radish and gazpacho
Here’s to a quick wrap-up of our team’s recent favourites. Smith St Alimentari Location: 302 Smith St, Collingwood, VIC 3066 Contact: 03 9416 1666 Housed in the former residence of Gorski & Jones, Smith St Alimentari is a cross between a local deli and bustling cafe. Whip up your own with the quality ingredients on display, take home one of the impressive pre-made meals (the quiches and lasagnes look sublime), or laze around in the beautiful cafe / restaurant space for breakfast or lunch. The egg white omelette is one of the better brunches we’ve had to date – packed with protein, dukkah, feta and pockets of smoked salmon. It’s a must order.
Easy Tiger Location: 96 Smith Street, Collingwood VIC 3066 Contact: 03 9417 2373 Dinner at Easy Tiger was an absolute delight; in general, flavours were well balanced with a good mix of sweet and sour, spicy and that wonderful fragrant hit that comes with Thai food. The betel leaf and son in law eggs were predictably delicious (though expect that sticky, sweet sauce from the betel to trickle down your hand), as was the ‘street food’ soft shell crab, which came nestled on a bed of lightly spicy sriracha. As for the mains, the soy roasted duck salad was to die for, with the sweetness of the watermelon slices cutting through the richness of the duck. The only low point was the tom yum style fish curry, with the base far too watered down and lacking in depth and heat.
Betel leaf, tea smoked scallop, fresh coconut, peanuts & fried shallots ($6 ea)
Rockwell & Sons Location: 288 Smith St Collingwood, VIC 3066 Contact: 03 8415 0700 We’ve had our fair share of burgers, and after celebrating the taking out of Burger Adventure’s ‘best burger in Melbourne’ award earlier this year with Merrywell in Southbank (click here for coverage of that eating frenzy), we’ve been on the lookout for favourites across the ‘burbs. Rockwell & Sons is definitely a fave. Rockwell & Sons’ double patty smash burger is by far one of the best burgers we’ve had to date, and for good reason – each of these bad boys contain two juicy, tender patties wedged in between the fluffiest brioche buns. All smothered in kraft cheese and special sauce. It’s just as good as it sounds.
Proud Mary Location: 172 Oxford Street Collingwood, VIC Contact: 03 9417 5930 After getting absolutely battered by the wind the other day, we took refuge in Proud Mary. From the inside bench lining the window, we watched as one of the waiters fought against the gripping wind as it, to his dismay, continued to blow all of the lovely blue chairs outside over again and again.
Monsieur Truffe Location: 90 Smith St, Collingwood, VIC 3066 Contact: 03 9416 3101 T&T brought home the most gorgeous handmade truffles from Monsieur Truffe in Collingwood.
It’s one of those nights; you’ve had a long day at the office, the sun’s going down, and a last minute trip to the supermarket is the last thing on your mind. Cue Huxtaburger.
In the heart of Smith Street, Peko Peko is a busy restaurant that oozes a sleek modern vibe. The Peko Peko team, who are supported by their sister restaurant in Northcote (Otsumami) run a small yet thriving restaurant decked out in simple wooden furniture