It has been a wonderful year of delicious food! We’ve tried tons on various ethnic foods and lots of traditional Australian cuisine, as well as enjoyed the fantastic cafe culture in Melbourne.
Without further ado, the (lengthy) final meals in Melbourne post!
Brunetti is an iconic Melbourne location. The displays are just jaw-dropping when you walk in– metres upon metres of counters displaying every type of pastry you can imagine. Every single thing we tried from there was delicious (which is not something the can be said of every Melbourne bakery).
Raspberry Pastry Twist
Pain au chocolat
White coffee, hot chocolate, chai latte, and mocha (clockwise)
Glazed/sugared Donut + hot chocolate = heaven
And to take home…
Cannoli & Lemon Tarts
Grey and Bliss
English Breakfast Tea
w/ bacon, fried egg, avocado, cheese, spicy tomato salsa, hot sauce
Ricotta hotcakes w/ whipped mascarpone, molasses poached pear, fresh berries, mint & crushed hazelnut
Free range eggs anyway on toast
Poached, which they do fantastically here
Bliss benedict w/ toasted brioche, smashed avo, pomegranate, poached eggs, hollandaise & smoked salmon
New York Minute
Chocolate Ripple Milkshake
Coney Island Schnitzel Burger
A NYC carnival classic! Free range and hand-crumbed juicy chicken breast, smoked bacon, premium grade Swiss cheese, fresh tomato and spinach topped off with sweet chilli and mayo.
Plus fries, duh.
The Exchange Hotel
The Exchange Parmigiana
chicken schnitzel, ham, Napoli, mozzarella, chips & house salad
Seriously the best parma in Melbourne, if not Victoria, if not Australia. We love the Exchange Hotel!
Fish and Chips
Beer battered fish, beef fat potatoes, pea puree, beer pickled onions, grilled lemon & tartare
The Lux Foundry
Chamellia Chai Latte
Toasted Fruit Loaf
w/ citrus ricotta
Brioche French Toast
w/ espresso mascarpone, dark chocolate crumb, poached spiced pear, fresh berries, salted toffee
Golden Gaytime Milkshake
A Golden Gaytime is an ice cream bar of vanilla, toffee, honeycomb, and chocolate. This milkshake based off of that incorporated all off those flavours, plus delicious golden syrup.
Another Freakshake cafe checked off of my list! This one rates pretty highly: a thin milkshake, inventive toppings, and a wow factor (an entire ice-cream cone!).
w/ Basmati rice, roti, and mint yoghurt
One of the best curries to be had in Melbourne! Even though it was from a non-Indian restaurant…
Sidewinder Beer Battered Chips
w/ honey mustard mayo
This is a go-to restaurant for many in the Greek Precinct of Melbourne. With a memorable stalactite ceiling, it is known for it’s souvlaki and home-style Greek cooking.
Home Baked Bread
Baked layers of macaroni, beef, and cheese, topped with béchamel cream sauce
oven baked lamb pieces and kritharaki (rice-shaped pasta) in a light tomato sauce
Greek traditional dish of baked layers of potatoes, minced beef & eggplant topped
with bechamel cream sauce
marinated boneless chicken and lamb from the spit, served with Greek salad & chips
Dessert Platter: (clockwise) galaktoboureko, vanilla ice cream, baklava, creme caramel
The galaktoboureko was interesting. A thick, almost gelatinous, custard between flaky sheets of filo. I, personally, didn’t love the textures.
However, everything else was simply amazing. One of the best baklavas I’ve eaten.
Grey and Bliss
Bliss benedict w/ toasted brioche, smashed avo, pomegranate, poached eggs & hollandaise
Wasabi crusted calamari w/ Vietnamese style slaw salad & lemon/parsley mayo
100% Wagyu beef burger w/ fresh tomato, cos lettuce, pickle, panko onion ring, cheddar, & secret sauce
Cauliflower soup w/ a hint of pernod, Italian style breadcrumbs, lemon, parsley, & a side of bread
Sweet corn, zucchini & sweet potato fritters w/ pear chutney, lemon goat curd, smash avocado, apple glaze, poached eggs & smoked salmon
Queen Victoria Market
Spicy Lamb Borek
Boreks are a traditional Turkish food. The ones at the market are completely authentic, steaming hot, and the right price.
Spinach and Cheese Borek
Rock Salt Caramel and Old English Toffee Gelato
These are always referred to as “cheeky” in Australia.
Chicken and Mushroom Risotto
Ham and Cheese Toastie
Field Mushrooms w/ Toast and Egg
Sticky Date Pudding
Chocolate and Pretzel Milkshake
Black Sesame Milkshake
Fried eggs with mushrooms, potatoes, bacon, and vegetables
Berry and Yakult Milkshake
Rock, Paper, Scissors
Rosti Breakfast with Smoked Salmon and Bacon
Toast with Avo and Bacon
Pancakes with Grilled Banana, Hazelnuts, and Cream