Melbourne highlights and hidden gems: Best places to eat

Posted 3 years ago

Melbourne is world-renowned for its food culture, which is always on top of the game and constantly changing. Whether you’ve only got a limited time in the city, you’re moving to Melbourne, or if you already live there and want to try something new, explore the highlights of the best places to eat in Melbourne. 

Breakfast in Surrey Hills

Sometimes, the best breakfasts do not come from lofty cafes in the city and surrounding suburbs. Sometimes you have to leave the city and go somewhere between country and urban life to get the best breakfast. If you feel like an excursion, Surrey Hills is only 11 kilometres east of the CBD, and it’s a cute little town filled with lovely gardens. The best place to eat breakfast in this suburb is hands down the Red Brick Café.

From fresh ingredients and high attention to detail to friendly service and coffee that you’d travel for, Red Brick Café is a serious must-do breakfast experience. The Bircher Muesli, with Coconuts, Sultanas, Dates, Apricots and Almonds topped with Yoghurt and Berry Compote is the tastiest healthy meal you will ever devour. For those who aren’t counting calories, the Red Brick Brickfast has a large portion of Eggs, Bacon, Mushroom, Hash Browns, Chorizo, Beef Sausage and Roasted Tomato on your choice of Sourdough or Multigrain Toast.

Lunch in St Kilda

Just off of St Kilda Road on Fitzroy Street, Fitzrovia is an all-day restaurant that overlooks the beautiful Albert Park. They serve Italian-influenced British food from a seasonally changing menu, made up from the finest local ingredients that Victoria has to offer. The South Gippsland Milk Feed Veal Fillet Milanese is a popular dish, served simply with Lemon Zest, Parsley and Parmesan Crumbs with Bang Caudal and Truss Tomato, Rocket and shaved Parmesan Salad.

For a unique dish that puts a Melbourne spin on a classic Middle Eastern dish, the Chickpea and Organic Black Quinoa Falafel is crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, served with Turmeric Roast Cauliflower and Smoked Eggplant Caviar, Sumac-spiced Labne, Minted Pine Nut Dukkah and Pomegranate. 

Dinner in Windsor

While The Windsor Hotel is known for its grand Victorian architecture and classic afternoon tea, they are also a classic venue that offers a range of dining options, from their ingenious modern dining pre-theatre menu at One Eleven, to the relaxed pub setting of Cricketers Bar.

At One Eleven, both the pre-theatre and the à la carte menu is small yet precise, each dish prepared and plated with learned and passionate skill. If you are out for a cultural night on the town and plan to see a show at the Princess Theatre, One Eleven is the perfect place to dine beforehand. For an entrée, try the Heirloom Tomato, Wagyu Bresaola, Walnut and Autumn Mustards. Then move onto the main course of Pan Fried Skate Wing served with Roast Cauliflower, Keen’s Curry and Clams, or try the Three Mushroom Ravioli served with Tuscan Cabbage and Leek and flavoured with Sage Brown Butter.

Take care of the sweet side of your palette with a Broken Pavlova, complete with Fennel Crème, Figs and Marsala.

Hidden gems are what make dining out interesting. It’s easier to search for new and exciting places to dine when your home is easily accessible to the lively parts of Melbourne. Register your interest in a luxury apartment in Melbourne’s best locations with EBG Developments