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Academy Kitchen and Bar Location: 318 Bridge Road, Richmond, Melbourne Contact: 03 9427 8231 Academy Kitchen and Bar’s Chef and owner, Will Manning, has tapped into a number of classic European dishes and adapted them for the modern, Melbourne palate. With experience in hatted restaurants, as well as a previous stint of part ownership of the beloved Prospect Espresso Cafe, Manning has put together a well-balanced menu that combines indulgent share plates of wholesome pastas, risottos and meats with techniques developed in Australia. Stepping in, it’s hard not to fall in love with the elegantly minimalist dining space. There’s a huge communal bar that lines the right side of the restaurant, with the other flanked by a long bench, wooden tables and an earthy brick wall. It has that genuine neighbourhood restaurant charm about it – warm, welcoming and accessible, accompanied by the promise of stellar food and drinks.
Meatmother Location: 67 Swan Street, Richmond Victoria Contact: 03 9041 5393 Meatmother is back. Whilst most would be familiar with this bastion of American style low and slow protein, things have changed over in Richmond. The favourites are all still there, but tweaked with modern sensibilities, bringing the cuisine from a decadent once a year indulgence to fantastic Friday night fare.
45 Degrees Pizza Location: 33 Bridge Road, Richmond, VIC Contact: 03 9429 5577 For traditional pizzas with a twist, one can’t go past 45 Degrees Pizza. The newly opened pizzeria joint is a celebration of Melbourne’s hip hop culture, with custom graffiti splashed across the walls and an open kitchen format that gives diners a view of the pizza making process, where pizza chefs don Run-DMC-esque uniforms while whipping up hearty pizzas to the tune of hip hop. 45 Degrees’ owners have been careful to craft a unique space and pizza offering that turns the traditional pizza topping on its head. The outcome is a cheeky menu which truly celebrates Melbourne’s multiculturalism, borrowing snippets of flavour from various countries and their favourite dishes from across the world.
The National Hotel Location: 340-344 Victoria St, Richmond, VIC 3121 Contact: 03 9429 8811 The National Hotel is one of those rare pubs that manages to radiate a sense of relaxed elegance while still catering to every pub goer. The fire-lit lounge and cosy rear dining room is offset by cool timber and concrete blocks which provide both texture and warmth to the huge space. The Hotel’s old Victorian shell has been renovated extensively, with a mix of recycled materials and rich overlays. It’s an inviting place, and an easy choice for a relaxing dinner or nibbles over drinks. We were recently invited to attend a blogger dinner at The National Hotel to try out both existing and new items on their menu in conjunction with the team at Reymond Communications.
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
Top Paddock Location: 658 Church St, Richmond, VIC 3121 Contact: 03 9429 4332 It’s hard not to fall in love with Top Paddock. Inhabiting a huge space at the edge of the Yarra and Church Street, this gorgeous, light-filled establishment brings a surprisingly relaxed, beachy appeal to one of Melbourne’s inner-city neighbourhoods. And with the same team behind Melbourne institution Two Birds One Stone backing this one, it’s good to know that you’re in exceptionally safe hands.
The Piano Restaurant and Bar Location: 18 Bridge Rd, Richmond, VIC Contact: 03 9428 9385 The Piano Restaurant and Bar may be a relatively new entrant to the Bridge Road dining scene, however the modern Thai establishment has quickly gained a solid following among locals and that crispy duck is already indisputably a signature dish. The fit out is simple yet charming; dark wooden tables are lit by flickering, colourful candles, there are clean lines throughout and then there is, of course, that rich wooden piano sitting near the front window.
Sartago Restaurant Bar and Grill Location: 460 Church Street, Richmond, VIC 3121 Contact: 03 9427 9063 Tucked away off the business of the Church Street strip, Sartago Restaurant Bar and Grill is a unique tapas and wine bar that serves up a range of authentic Mediterranean flavours with a twist. Headed by Tuscan Chef Riccardo Messora (of Enoteca, Cafe e Cucina, Tutto Bene and Escargot Restaurant fame), the culture-rich Sartargo boasts impeccable and friendly service, and has crafted a contemporary take on traditional cooking techniques,
Super Bowl Pho & Bun Bo Hue Location: 252 Victoria St Richmond, VIC 3121 Contact: 03 9043 7458 Super Bowl is a relatively new addition to the Victoria Street mix, and it’s a welcome one – from 9am to 10pm the joint serves up pho & bun bo hue at lightning speed. Service is quick and efficient, and everything on the menu is dirt cheap; just the way we like it.
Three Bags Full Location: 60 Nicholson St, Abbotsford, VIC 3067 Contact: 03 9421 2732 Down a tranquil street off Richmond’s main drag, Three Bags Full is fairly innocuous from the outside. Housed in Nicholson Street, the expansive cafe could easily be mistaken for just another urban building awaiting transformation.
This week in sweets – a trip to La Belle Miette for Melbourne’s best macarons, and chocolate fixes from Le Petit Gateau and Brunetti.
Just a quick stop at Frozen by a Thousand Blessings to get that good ol’ Froyo fix. Things are kept simple – take your cup, lever that froyo and top it to your heart’s content. All for $2.90 per 100 grams.
One step into Maedaya and it’s almost as if you’ve been transported into the interior of a olden pirate ship – the sake bar is laced with wooden features, whilst long ropes line the pointed ceiling.