At 2 flavours for $6.95, Movenpick may be a little bit on the pricier end of ice-creameries, but with flavours like crème brulee, swiss chocolate, gingerbread and maple walnut, how could you pass this one up?
Known for its perfect roti and solid following in Sydney, Mamak opened its doors in Melbourne in 2012 to a large crowd and a long wait time. Since then, Mamak is still popular as ever and continues to serve up decent Malaysian food (and, in particular, buttery, soft roti).
Tucked away off the quieter end of Little Bourke Street and a stone’s throw away from Southern Cross Station, Bar Humbug is one of Melbourne’s hidden late night haunts for groups looking to get just that little bit tipsy. We headed here for a girl’s night out, a table-full of cocktails and wine, and the promise of good, hearty comfort food.
We love pizza, but let’s be honest – more often than not it’s of the Dominos variety, topped with diced mystery meat and drowning in grease. Amidst the plethora of fast food restaurants churning out pizzas under $10, it can be a little difficult to find good quality, authentic pizza. Now that’s where DOC Mornington comes in.
Walk through those heavy glass doors at Chin Chin’s and you instantly feel like you’ve been teleported to a modern version of the busy dining halls of Bangkok. Following Melbourne’s affinity for informal yet chic dining, Chin Chin offers a relaxed, no-bookings policy, which means you can stroll in at some of the ungodlier hours of the night and still snag a meal and a drink (at the Go Go Bar located below).
The Meatball and Wine Bar is absolutely charming, and it’s not ashamed to say it – one glance at the menu, and we’re already instructed to choose what our balls are made of, and find a bed for it to sit on.
Named after the red paper lanterns that hang outside its gorgeously sleek interior, Akachochin is not your average Japanese izakaya. The modern, tokyo-style bar is stylishly decked out with black, wooden lacquered floors and white marble bench-tops, making for a beautiful and unique setting within South Wharf. It seems that, despite often being labelled somewhat of a ‘ghost town’, an array of relatively new, trendy restaurants are finally making in-roads into the South Wharf/Docklands area.
Hellenic Republic can do no wrong. The modern taverna offers beautifully constructed (and devilishly decadent) sharing menus from lunch through to dinner, and boy; they do it bloody well.
Montalto Restaurant and Winery is a stunning vineyard sprawled across acres of gorgeous greenery in Red Hill, Victoria. The Estate itself is comprised of the Montalto Restaurant, bakery, olive grove, summer gardens, and wetlands walk, which displays a number of interesting artworks by various artists as part of the estate’s collection.
I love nothing more than whittling beautiful evenings in the CBD away with a trip to Southbank. Crossing the bridge from Flinders to the Crown precinct never fails to remind me of why I will always call Melbourne home, and this night was no exception.