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What's the Best Restaurant on Melbourne Street?

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by Jonathan Phoon (subscribe)
I love trying new food and new restaurants. My other passions are Origami www.weekendnotes.com/origami-classes-japan-australia-friendship-association/ and Pokémon www.weekendnotes.com/pokemon-center-tokyo/
Published June 6th 2016
Melbourne Street in North Adelaide is not a very long street but it has many restaurants and cafes featuring delicious cuisines. So far we have tried Filipino, Chinese and pub food there. No doubt we will be back there to sample other cuisines at a later date. The street has a relaxed ambience that invites you to take a stroll and check out what the eating places have to offer.

Tita Kays Filipino Cuisine is a Filipino restaurant that has moved to Melbourne Street recently. Some of the dishes offered here are Pork Sisig, a dish of sliced pork cooked in a sour sauce, and Okoy, an unusual omelette made with pumpkin, shrimp and bean sprouts.

Tita Kays Filipino Cuisine, Pork Sisig, Adelaide
Tita Kays Filipino Cuisine's Pork Sisig (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


Located opposite Tita Kays, Old House Chinese Restaurant serves some unique dishes and is our favourite restaurant at Melbourne Street. Portions of the dishes served here are quite generous with one of the notable dishes being Crispy Garlic Pork Ribs Served with Crispy Coconut Milk, a dish consisting of fried pork ribs accompanied with coconut milk fritters.

Old House Chinese Restaurant, Crispy Garlic Pork Ribs Served with Crispy Coconut Milk, Adelaide
Old House Chinese Restaurant's Crispy Garlic Pork Ribs Served with Crispy Coconut Milk (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


We ended up at Perfect Cup Cafe one day because the restaurant we planned to dine at was having a function. It was a lovely find. The restaurant offers a good range of café-style dishes such as Bush Spice & Native Pepper Squid, the restaurant's take on one of Australian's favourite dishes, Salt & Pepper Squid. They also have daily specials such as 2 for 1 Pizzas on Fridays which helps to make eating there affordable.

Perfect Cup Cafe, Bush Spice & Native Pepper Squid, Adelaide
Perfect Cup Cafe's Bush Spice & Native Pepper Squid (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


Mediterranean Mezza is the fourth restaurant that we have tried at Melbourne Street. The restaurant offers Mediterranean dishes and a few Australian favourites. A dish that we enjoyed was their Chicken Parmigiana, featuring a chicken schnitzel of a generous size topped with a delicious topping of tomato sauce and melted cheese.

Mediterranean Mezza, Chicken Parmigiana, Adelaide
Mediterranean Mezza's Chicken Parmigiana (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


Which eating place have you visited at Melbourne Street and would not hesitate to recommend to others?
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