Still, thinking of what to do for Father's Day this weekend?
With the Covid-19 lockdown, many of our usual options are curtailed. You can always go online and grab some macho gift on sale for dad. However, I feel the best way is to celebrate with the family over a meal and use that to spark conversations and create fond memories with dad. Here are some fun facts about Father's Day to get the party started.
While there are many dining options available, here are my favourite cuisines and restaurants to order from in Melbourne.
Sicilian from Mister Bianco:
Owner and chef Joseph Vargetto's heritage, style and vision is the inspiration behind the authentic southern Italian flavours at Mister Bianco. It's all about sharing and grazing style meals here, with favourites being pork and veal meatballs with buffalo mozzarella, housemade pastas, braised beef cheek with creamed German egg noodles and a good serve of tiramisu. Order Mister Bianco Father's Day Special here.
Address: 285 High Street, Kew, Victoria 3101 Phone: 03 9853 6929 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ragusa Republika is family-owned restaurant well-loved for its quality home cooking of Croatian cuisine. Think seafood and slow-cooked dishes like traditional baked pastry pillows, squid ink dumplings and braised beef and pork-filled sauerkraut, with desserts like plum dumplings and sour cherry strudel. Details of Ragusa Republika Father's Day Special here.
Address: 139 Nelson Pl, Williamstown, Hobsons Bay, Victoria 3016 Phone: 03 9069 6690
Epocha combines one of Melbourne's best views of Carlton Gardens and Royal Exhibition Building while dining on fine European cuisine. This favourite with locals and visitors alike brings Europe directly to your taste buds. Think a hybrid of Greek, English, Italian, Spanish and French cuisines led by head chef Gerard Curto Rodríguez. Order Epocha Father's Day Special here.
San Telmo is classic Argentinian steakhouse where the menu revolves around its 2.5 metre handmade parrilla charcoal grill. The kitchen delivers a true representation of Argentinian cuisine and meats that taste succulent and smoky. It was voted the 'Best Steak Restaurant Melbourne' at the 2019 Restaurant & Catering Awards. Check out San Telmo Father's Day Special here.
Love Melbourne's laneway culture? Then you'll love this Peruvian restaurant tucked in AC/DC Lane. It is Chef Alejandro Saravia's way of introducing Peruvian cuisine to Australia's food culture. Pastuso is a cevicheria, pisco bar and Peruvian grill with many ingredients import from Peru to deliver an authentic dining experience. Its ceviches and Pisco Sours are the most popular. Order Pastuso Father's Day Special here.
Located in the heart of Melbourne's East in Camberwell, Elyros introduces not just Greek but Cretan food to diners. The cuisine comes from Crete, renowned as one of the healthiest cultures on earth. The menu imports flavours of the island and features seasonal ingredients that are natural and produce driven. It also has a special Cretan cocktail which blends honey-infused spirit, rakomelo, with thyme, Greek sparkling wine and bitters. Details of Elyros Father's Day Special are here.