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Published October 26th 2015
More than just a posh suburb
Balwyn is one of Melbourne's most exclusive suburbs, with streets paved with lush greenery, a wealth of architectural sights, and amazing eats. Those visiting Balwyn who get hunger cravings are sure to be impressed by the wide selection of restaurants from which to choose -- the area truly does have something for every food taste and preference. Balwyn restaurants offer a bevy of dishes, from authentic Thai and Malaysian cuisine to comforting Italian delights. Here are a few highlights of some of the best restaurants in Balwyn. Balwyn is a big suburb, and you're going to need to stay there for more than a few days if you want to dine in every single eatery. I used carhirebalwyn.net.au to ensure I could get around with my belly full all the time.
Foodies who love authentic Thai dishes should definitely head to One Thai restaurant in Balwyn. The restaurant's decor is pleasing and minimalist, but the menu packs explosive flavors and includes dishes such as curry puffs, yum bet yang, and tom ka soup. The spicy, creamy dish known as panang curry and larb, a minced salad of chicken, herbs, tomato and cucumber, are among the traditional fare served at One Thai. Reservations are recommended, especially on weekends and busy nights.
Aashiana is an Indian restaurant in Balwyn which offers an affordable, delectable selection of curries, tandoori, chicken, lamb, and beef dishes. Those who enjoy eating richly spiced, aromatic food will love the selection at Aashiana. Here you'll have the option of ordering a la carte or from one of four banquet menus. Some of Aashiana's star dishes include its tandoori platter, goat curry, kadai chicken, and beef madrassi.
Classic Italian food shines at Sofia's, a restaurant in Balwyn which exemplifies great food served in a warm atmosphere. The comforting scenery perfectly complements the restaurant's menu. The dishes served here are freshly made and prepared using classical Italian methods. While you'll find well-known favorites, such as bruschetta, lasagne, risotto, and seafood marinara, Sofia restaurant in Balwyn also serves traditional Italian dishes such as napolitana and scaloppine vinobianco.
Mabrown restaurant in Balwyn serves Chinese and Malaysian dishes, including unique house specialties such as their spicy quail, which is a definite favorite among locals. This one menu item is well known throughout the area, and is considered to be Mabrown's signature dish. While a nice selection of meats are featured on Mabrown's menu, it also has some standout vegetarian dishes that are well worth a try.
One of the many things that Postino's Restaurant does very well is its pizza, which is the epitome of authentic: made by an all-Italian crew with fresh ingredients made the traditional way. Other tasty Italian food served up by Postino's include fresh caprese salad, penne alla matriciana, and a delectable tiramisu.
Location: 97 Whitehorse Road, Balwyn, Melbourne
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Foodies looking for authentic Chinese fare served up in a relaxing atmosphere would do well to head to Eastern Bell Restaurant. Their traditional, well-prepapred menu includes delights such as steamed and fried dumplings, meat and vegetarian stir fries, luscious noodles, and spring rolls. Eastern Bell offers a banquet menu in addition to a la carte dishes.
Location: 399 Belmore Road, Balwyn, Melbourne
Star Fish Grill
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Balwyn's Star Fish Grill Restaurant serves fresh seafood as well as casual favorites such as chicken burgers, chips, battered sausage, and potato cakes. Star Fish Grill's seafood menu selection is comforting and familiar, with dishes such as calamari rings, grilled flake and flathead, skewered prawns, and Tasmanian salmon. Star Fish Grill offers take away for visitors on the go.
Scarvelli Cafe is a trendy spot for Balwyn locals and visitors which is committed to serving up the freshest food possible. Its menu, which is largely seasonal, reflects their paddock to plate philosphy. Scarvelli Cafe's menu includes eats such as wood fired salmon, dukkah eggs, braised lamb, and wagyu beef burgers.
Arthur Radley offers bistrot-style dining in a memorable setting. The restaurant contains space for outdoor eating as well as several different dining rooms and a bistrot. Dishes on the menu include a variety of fresh, filling sandwiches, burgers, salads, hot and cold pastas, artisan breads, and exotic meats such as lamb, rabbit, and duck.