Craft beer and Asian food aren’t often billed together but at Kekou they make a point of pairing the two- rotating 18 ales from breweries like Boatrocker, Balter and Blackmans to sink with punchy pan-Asian dishes. You’ll find Chinese pork belly baos, Malaysian chicken curries and spicy salmon tartare sitting pretty next to each other on the menu, confidently executed by a kitchen that knows its nuoc cham from its sambal. Whatever you do, save space for the killer calamansi ...
Part pizza parlour, part cocktail lounge with a generous pub heart, Piccolo Grand is Richmond’s new spot for Italian favourites. Sixty hour-fermented pizza dough is stretched thin and fired until blistered and puffy-edged, with toppings including truffle mushroom and speck, or nduja and cherry tomatoes, while curious eaters should also head straight for the vincisgrassi lasagna layered with beef, chicken liver and lamb brain. Cosy banquette seating and warm woods slot well with the current season, while the outside beer ...
At Richmond’s new all day diner a calming yet unadorned interior focusses the spotlight on food, which in comparison pops with vibrancy. On the plate are Japanese-inflected dishes like crab croquettes with yuzu miso, sweet tamagoyaki omelettes with grilled pork and cheesecake drizzled in matcha syrup for dessert.
Named after the traditional community eateries of Mexico, the team at Fonda Mexican want you to feel at home while you dig into their fresh authentic street food. While the spotlight is on their colourful plates, don’t forget to try one of their classic margaritas or intriguing cocktails creations.
A warm and ambient setting topped with award-winning cuisine, Noir Restaurant serves up contemporary French fare with a touch of class. Their innovative plates are prepared with seasonal Australian produce and paired with a handpicked selection of French and local wines. Be sure to save some room for their unique and indulgent desserts.
Jimmy Grants Richmond
Using fresh local ingredients and authentic recipes to create their unique street-style cuisine, Jimmy Grants is a vibrant Greek eatery with all of the favourites. Traditional snacks, generous Souvas and larger plates to share; enjoy Jimmy’s any way you like, with a choice of dine-in, takeaway or delivery.
The founders of sake brand Toji have combined forces with an ex-chef from Hong Kong’s celebrated Yardbird to create a sleek Japanese restaurant on buzzy Swan Street. Focussing on izakaya-style snacks and yakitori skewers, expect bites like chicken wings dusted in yuzu spice, katsu sandos and duck gyoza dipped in sweet umeboshi sauce. They go hand in hand with an eclectic drinks list featuring local wines, Japanese brews and of course, sake – both on its own and in cocktails ...
A sleek Korean restaurant that stands out from its somewhat less glamorous neighbours, Seoul Soul certainly makes an impression. Situated on bustling Victoria Street, there’s no missing the fact that this industrial-look eatery specialises in barbeque – indeed, it comes complete with grills at each table. Add zesty Korean tapas into the mix, and you’re on to a winner.
Shizuku Ramen & Craft Beer
Not your average Japanese restaurant, Shizuku serves up top-shelf ramen alongside an impressive roster of tasty and trendy craft beers. Luckily, the two just so happen to be a match made in culinary heaven. A sleek, black-painted space, this buzzy eatery is warmed up with glowing yellow lights and a mood perfectly set for dining and drinking.
Tom Toon Thai
Often listed as one of Melbourne’s best Thai restaurants, low-key Tom Toon isn’t to be overlooked. A charming spot dressed up with warm wood panelling and artisan pots, this cosy eatery serves up an array of aromatic dishes that always manage to master the perfect balance of flavours.
Jinda Thai Restaurant
A true Abbotsford institution, Jinda’s authentic Thai fare draws hungry diners from across the city. Low in cost and high in taste, the food is punchy and flavourful. While an inventive drinks list full of sweet Thai teas and well-priced wines are the perfect match. Housed within a colourful converted warehouse, the cheerful decor offers a welcome respite from gritty Victoria Street.
An eclectic and youthful hangout full of contradictions, it’s a local bar and eatery with a chaotic yet appealing explosion of décor. With an impressive range of unique cocktails, local wines and craft beers, Two Wrongs has combined forces with Easeys to create the perfect blend of tantalising drinks and hearty comfort food.
The Meat & Wine Co South Yarra
Tucked within the bustling Como Centre, the Meat and Wine Co brings modern cosmopolitan dining to the suburban streets of South Yarra. Plating up impressive a la carte cuisine, their focus is high quality meats paired with top service and unique and award-winning wines.
Shadowboxer Bar & Kitchen
Shadowboxer is a wine bar, cocktail bar and restaurant all wrapped up into one on-trend and light-filled venue. Serving up the best of Australian wines and photo-worthy cocktails, the Shadowbox Wine Bar is also passionate about their food – with their menu offering fresh share plates, wholesome feeds and charcuterie boards, all created with seasonal and local produce.
A self-proclaimed ‘Asian street-food tuckshop’, Miss Chu serves up Vietnamese hawker cuisine with a focus on fresh ingredients and healthy food choices. Sibling to its notorious Sydney takeaway shop, their menu features traditional family recipes for simple yet wholesome dishes.
Caffe e Cucina
Passionate about their heritage, Caffe e Cucina are all about bringing the best of Italy to the streets of Melbourne. Offering top quality service in their ambient Chapel Street bistro, the menu is packed with traditional a la carte fare, boasting genuine flavours and fresh ingredients.
Lentil As Anything, Abbotsford
Located within the beautiful grounds of the Abbotsford Convent, Lentil As Anything is a unique social enterprise that places people over profit. A pay-as-you-feel restaurant with an exclusively vegan and vegetarian menu, this welcoming space fosters a vibrant community feel. With outposts everywhere from Thornbury to St Kilda, people just can’t get enough of Lentil.
Thirty Eight Chairs
Thirty Eight Chairs is an intimate eatery celebrating the art of coming together for a meal and a good conversation. Just one part of a duo of Melbourne bistros, the South Yarra branch is a renowned pasta bar, loved for its freshly made pasta with authentic family recipes and carefully sourced local ingredients.
South Press Winehouse
South Press Wine bar is a one stop shop for all things wine. Both a bar and a boutique bottle shop, they offer an impressive selection of Australian and international wines available to take home or enjoy in-house. Don’t miss their generous array of contemporary share plates and charcuterie.
France Soir is a French bistro centred around the celebration of traditional fare, with influences from seasonal Australian produce. A bustling local haunt, the setting oozes a classic Parisian flavour while you enjoy wholesome bistro dining and an impressive array of French wines.
Across from the picturesque Melbourne Botanic Gardens sits this renowned Parisian steakhouse and café, Entrecote. Featuring an all-day dining menu including its award-winning breakfast, their signature dish is the classic Porterhouse steak, enjoyed best after settling in for their daily happy hour. The best part, the waiter will come around and top up your plate with golden french fries whenever you want, yep - bottomless fries.
Leonards House Of Love
Leonards House of Love is an iconic eatery and bar loved for its bustling dog-friendly courtyard and cosy saloon-inspired interior. With their constantly evolving menu of American inspired burgers and appealing drinks specials, it’s a place to gather and enjoy a gold old chat, a crisp brew and a hearty bite.
Rita's Cafeteria Abbotsford
No ‘best of’ list is complete without a nod to firm local favourite Rita’s. This charming pizza and pasta hub is strong on community vibes and rich in flavour – with queues all but guaranteed. Their bases are thin and crispy, while the toppings take classic combinations and add that little something extra like tangy shallot salsa or punchy grapes.
Influenced by the diverse flavours of the Europe, Bistro Gitan’s unique cuisine explores the traditional flavours of France, Spain, Italy and the Mediterranean. Warm and welcoming with plenty of class, this modern chic eatery serves up tapas style plates, with a generous selection of Australian and international wines and beers.