GetFoodi Connecting food creators with food lovers www.getfoodi.com.au Can we all just take a moment to admire this wonderful creation? I mean really, that is one SERIOUS cake!
Middletown Location: 229 High Street, Prahran, Melbourne, VIC Contact: 03 9530 2288 Middletown, the name of Prahran’s latest cosy hideout, is based of the persona of the Dutchess of Cambridge; royal, but close to the people. It’s all part of the vision of co-owners Randy Dhamanhuri and Valerie Fong, the same duo behind Operator 25, which has quickly become one of Melbourne CBD’s most frequented cafes. The duo have created another luxurious nest in this feel-good space with sophisticated, delicious and healthy meals.
Mt Erica Hotel Location: 420 High Street, Prahran Victoria Contact: 03 9529 5770 Every Sunday, Mt Erica Hotel transforms into a mini festival, complete with live bands and food trucks. For decadent Sunday afternoons, a rotating variety of food and entertainment will grace Prahran to help finish off the weekend. That particular Sunday, Mt Erica hosted a range of food trucks, including Toasta, purveyor of awesome toasted sandwiches; Ghost Kitchen, pumping out Taiwanese street food; and
Hobba in Prahran, under the stewardship of new owner Con and Head Chef Rhys, have fired a fresh salvo with an offering that keeps the crowd favourites and tempts others with a fresh Autumn menu that features a number of different cuisines.
Crispy calamari and Asian salad
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
Market Lane Coffee Location: 163 Commercial Rd South Yarra, VIC 3141 Contact: 03 9804 7434 The low down: a minimalist institution, Market Lane Coffee is tucked away at the back of the gorgeous Prahan Market. Locals can head down for a quick fix or to the giant’s other shop, located within Victoria Market. Long blacks are divine, lattes spot on. Always delivers. Hinoki Japanese Pantry Location: 279 Smith Street Fitzroy, VIC 03065 Contact: 03 9417 4531 Fantastic value, top notch quality sushi, and a Japanese grocery all bundled into one. We’re absolutely in love with this place – for $45 the nigiri platter is enough to satisfy two or three hungry bellies.
Melbourne Night Noodle Markets 2014 Location: Birrarung Marr Dates: November 14-30, 2014 Back with all the buzz and vibe from last year, the Night Noodle Markets returned to Melbourne this year with a bang. Lighting up the banks of the Yarra River in a new (and much better) location this year (Birrarung Marr), the festival boasted over 50 food stalls and food trucks representing dishes spanning Korea, Vietnam, China, India, Malaysia, Burma and Nepal. All of our favourite eateries returned (think Chin Chin, Mamak, Izakaya Den, Longrain and Gelato Messina), as well as some exciting newcomers (Kong, Charlie Dumpling and Mr. Miyagi). The festival was by far bigger and better than last year, with minimal wait times (on the days that we visited, there were hardly any lines), ample seating and enough space to lounge around on the grass while relaxing to the sounds of Melbourne’s top DJs.
Gelato Messina – Happy Taste Bud TimeWe loved Gelato Messina’s bespoke creations last year, and this year was no exception. Messina’s ‘pot luck pies’ included tubs of goodness with cheeky names like ‘Bangkok Holla’, ‘Phuc King Tasty’ and ‘Happy Taste Bud Time’. Our Happy Taste Bud Time pot luck pies were huge, encompassing a deadly sweet mix of lychee sponge, mango puree, rambutan and coconut gelato, whipped salted coconut cream and a chewy coconut macaron.
The Wolf and I restaurant is nestled in the back of the bar, with a sparse urban interior adorned with artwork. A jug of fresh mixed cocktail was a great way to start.
Third Wave Cafe American BBQ Dinner Location: 30 Cato St, Prahran, VIC Contact: 03 9510 2991 Thoroughly impressed with the smoky rich flavours of the brunch fare on our last visit to Third Wave (click here for full review), we couldn’t pass up an invitation to try their American BBQ dinner menu. When this menu involves a salacious range of meats and salmon that have been dry rubbed with a complementary mix of spices, smoked over different woods over a period that ranges from 6 to 12 hours, and then slow cooked to juicy tender perfection, how could we say no? Upon our arrival, we were greeted by friendly staff that were more than happy to discuss their recommendations over a menu that is packed with delicious options. This included the 6 different smoked meats and fish from the American BBQ menu, which come in medium/half rack (recommended for 1 person) and large/full rack servings (to be shared by 2), as well as a gluten-free Paleo menu and many of the delicious burger, slider and salad dishes featured in the lunch menu. Looking around, we noted that no love had been lost over the night-time ambience of the eatery, which had transformed from a bright, open café during the day to a softly lit casual diner with a joy-inspiring background track of alternative electro house and pop (much to E’s delight).
Grill’d Website: http://www.grilld.com.au/ I must admit Grill’d’s introduction of its pint sized sliders garnered an Incredible Hulk impression initially with a size too small to possibly satiate my ravenous appetite. But much like the neatly formed stacks at restaurants charging by the gram, un-cloche-ing plates with more porcelain on show than actually edible elements, fulfillment was unexpected as their consumption was both flavoursome and filling.
Third Wave Location: 30 Cato St, Prahran, VIC Contact: 03 9510 2991 Capitalising on hearty American fare and high quality coffee, Third Wave is a brand spanking new cafe located in the heart of Prahan. The cafe has a wonderfully bright and open feel, and boasts renowned chef Ryo Kitahara, a protégé of Iron Chef Sakai from the popular Japanese television series. TFS was kindly invited to the cafe to try out their brunch offering, which extensively covers both American and Russian style dishes.