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 ...
This pocket-sized pastry powerhouse does creative takes on all your favourite baked goods. Their showstopping fig, honeycomb and orange crème brûlée doughnut catapulted them to (Insta)-stardom, and they’ve followed up with lust-worthy mashups like strawberry cheesecake croissants and lemon meringue cruffins. For Richmond locals, they’re a Saturday morning tradition.
Reunion and Co are passionate about supporting local farmers and producers, with their ethical menu and high-quality coffees generating a strong local following. Their calm and comfortable eatery is a perfect setting for exploring their generous menu of contemporary brunches and unique brews.
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.
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.
For a chic rooftop party vibe, Fargo and Co is always pulsing. You can book a table up-top to kick back with a DJ, a great view, and a bottomless brunch – which comes with your tipple of mimosas and prosecco. Walk-ins available if you’d like to sit downstairs. This Easter, they're serving up a decadent Cadbury creme egg martini, with a gooey chocolate rim. By the looks of it - it's worth every calorie! Meet you at the bar.
Monroe, much like it’s namesake Marilyn, is iconic (and beautiful!). The lust-worthy interiors set the scene for an equally as Instagrammable meal. The space is made up of pastel hues, sleek matte-black furniture and marble accents. The plates are colourful and hearty and play with flavour combos like you’ve never seen them before. Our pick: The Banana roti – it’s as delicious as it sounds.
A colourful array of healthy bites and nourishing drinks, the Nutrition bar is the perfect spot to fuel up for the day. Dishing up health-conscious fast food, smoothies and cold-pressed juices, their major drawcard is their acai bowls, renowned for being some of the best in Melbourne.
Buzzy Swan St gets another fine addition with Attria, an intimate wine bar that lends itself perfectly to date nights and catch-ups with close friends. An extensive wine list skips around the Antipodes and reaches far into the fine drops of Europe and the Americas, while a dedicated menu of champagne cocktails keep things fun. Similarly impressive is the kitchen offering, a combination of elegant slick Euro share plates and more casual late-night supper snacks.
A classic corner store transformed into a quaint neighbourhood café, this welcoming local haunt exudes genuine character and family-friendly vibes. From light brekkie staples to larger innovative dishes, the menu at Friends of Mine is fresh and wholesome and is served all day to enjoy at your leisure.
It’s not your usual sweets experience with Pana Chocolate, as each of their elegant products has been specifically created for everyone to enjoy. Rich in taste with a touch of luxury, their chocolate is organic, vegan-friendly and free of preservatives, dairy, gluten and soy.
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 ...
With the comfort and beauty of an architecturally designed setting, Royal Saxon serves up modern European cuisine with an Italian flare. Combining the old and the new, this heritage building is home to an impressive beer garden and bistro, offering renowned cocktails and a delicious menu intended to pleasantly surprise your taste buds.
This striking industrial venue is home to the Melbourne-born Mountain Goat Brewery; producers and servers of top quality original beers. Perfect for laidback afternoon sessions, the Mountain Goat team serve a selection of all-time favourites and limited-edition brews, along with house-made pizzas and tasty food truck fare.
Housed on the site of Moon Dog’s original brewery, the Brewery Bar is a chilled-out space full of comfy couches, palm trees, a retractable roof for summer, and never-ending tunes on rotation. With ten taps to choose from, beer devotes will certainly be right at home. While there’s also plenty of wine, cocktails and a tasty pizza on offer.
It might not look like much, but when it comes to tasty, authentic Vietnamese and Chinese cuisine – celebrated takeout joint Vinh Vinh is the real deal. A no-nonsense spot with a casual feel, the real star here is the food. Fresh, zesty and full of flavour, these are meals worth staying in for.
This super chilled outdoor bar-slash-café is the kind of place you can drop into any time of the day for a casual wine, a coffee and a bite to eat. In winter, heaters and blankets keep punters warm, while the spring and summer months see them basking happily in the sun with a frothy in hand. Simple and satisfying soups, salads and baguettes stave off peckishness, while two happy hours – one at lunch and one in the late arvo ...
Hard Pressed is a staple on East Melbourne's busy Wellington Street strip. They’ve been caffeinating regulars with hyperlocal espresso from Richmond roasters These Days as well as full-bodied French press coffee – a particular passion of the owner Phil Gijsbers, as evinced by the café's name. Wide front windows let plenty of natural light into the rustic-meets-industrial jungle space, where locals tuck into classic brunch dishes plus some seriously killer sandwiches. Think tuna melts, Moroccan spiced chicken and a Cubano-inspired ...
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.
Located just across from the MCG grounds, Queen Caterina is a popular spot for a quick feed before the footy. They'll happily do you half and half versions of their crispy-crusted pizza, in both classic flavours à la margherita to more refined options such as five cheese and porcini or leek and pancetta. For something a little different, there's calzone, oven-baked folded pizzas stuffed with cheese and meats that can also be transformed into dessert with the addition of pear ...
It's hard to go past a bowl of saucy, wok-tossed noodles when you're looking for a quick and tasty fix. Nikko Sushi Noodle comes through with a seemingly endless variety to choose from. You can customise your feed with hokkien, udon, egg or rice noodles, cooked in any fashion you wish – in a steamy laksa soup, fried with satay beef or tossed with oyster sauce. There's also the option to pimp things up with extra meats, vegetables and cashew ...