Gayle Beveridge is a past winner of the Boroondara Literary Awards and her work has appeared in Award Winning Australian Writing. Gayle is passionate about family, writing, photography, and with Victoria’s beautiful Bass Coast which she now calls home.
Published January 3rd 2017
Tasty Temptations from the World Over
Fountain Gate is one of Melbourne's premier shopping centres but is not as well known for the excellent array of international cuisine on offer. Grab a quick bite or relax in a restaurant; whatever your preference you will be spoilt for choice.
What will you choose. (Photo from Sushi Sushi Facebook Page)
Lebanese 1.Ali Baba It's all about kebabs and wraps at Ali Baba. Made from premium cuts of Australian sourced meat and flavoured with traditional Arabic herbs and spices this tasty fast food has been a favourite of Aussies since 1979. Ali Baba can be contacted on (03) 8774 2811.
Austrian 2.Schnitz Schnitzels on the go, pan-cooked and crunchy crumbed is what you get from Schnitz. Served as a fast food in rolls or wraps, this traditional dish stays true to its Austrian roots while expanding into international specialties like Aussie Aussie Aussie, Swiss Schnitz, American Dream and Parmageddon. Schnitz can be contacted on (03) 9705 1005.
Who's for a Schnitz. (Photo from Schnitz Facebook Page)
Asian 3.Bing Boy Established in Adelaide in 2011, Bing Boy brings urban Asian street food to Fountain Gate. Based on traditional Chinese crepes known as Jian Bing these treats are made from a combination of Western and Asian cuisines. Bing Boy can be contacted on (03) 8794 8759.
4.Golden Orient Take the challenge of choosing from over 100 varieties of Yum Cha in this classic Chinese restaurant which also features live seafood. Outside the main shopping complex in Brechin Drive just off the Princes Highway, the restaurant has dedicated parking. It is open for lunch and dinner, takeaways, express lunches, and can be booked for functions. Golden Orient can be contacted on (03) 8790 3666.
One of the delicacies on offer (Photo from Golden Orient Chinese Restaurant Facebook Page)
5. China Bar Don't be fooled by the name. China Bar does offer Chinese cuisine but brings more of Asia to the table with the addition of Malaysian, Hong King and Taiwanese Food. China Bar can be contacted on (03) 8786 5788.
6.Dumpling Chef Dumplings are the feature here and there's plenty of them, served alongside other traditional Chinese dishes. Tickle your taste buds with Boiled Beijing Dumplings, Handmade Dumplings in Wild Chili Oil, Pan Fried Dumplings, Steamed Sui-Mai Pork and Prawn Dumplings, Steamed Prawn Dumplings, Steamed Shanghai Pork Dumplings, or Steamed Scallop Dumplings. If you haven't sampled Steamed Custard Bun this is the place for you. Dumpling Chef can be contacted on (03) 8790 2234.
Fantastically fresh. (Photo from Salsa's Fresh Mex Grill Facebook Page)
Mexican 7. Guzman Y Gomez Tuck into Burritos, Enchiladas, Tacos, Nachos, Fajitas, or Quesadillas. If that's too much to choose from then hold onto your hats, there's more. Select from 6 different fillings, decide on spicy or mild, and add extras. Mmmm, guacamole, sour cream, corn chips, salsa, beans or rice; is your mouth watering yet. Will you still have room for dessert? Guzman Y Gomez can be contacted on (03) 9988 1407.
8.Salsa's Fresh Mex Grill Burritos, Fajitas, Tacos, and Nachos are the essence of the Mexican food served at Salsa's. Whether made from beef, lamb, pork or chicken they are so tasty. Top off with a salad or add a side of Corn Chips and Guacamole, Esquites or the famous Mexicrinkles, the crinkle cut potato chips seasoned with secret spices. Salsa's Fresh Mex can be contacted on (03) 8786 5133.
Magnificently Mexican (Photo from Guzman Y Gomez (GYG) - Official Facebook Page)
Japanese 9. Sushi Bars Sushi offers the healthy and hedonistic all rolled into one. These fresh meals are also a work of art with an array of colours as well as tastes. The Sushii Izakaya Bar can be contacted on (03) 9703 0292 and Kyoto Sushi can be contacted on (03) 9796 6833.
Fresh and fabulous (Photo from Sushii Izakaya Bar Facebook Page)
10.Sushi Sushi Embraced by Aussies and a favourite for a healthy work day lunch, Sushi continues to gain in popularity. So popular is it, Sushi Sushi has outlets on both levels 1 and 2 at Fountain Gate Shopping Centre. The challenge here will be choosing from the extensive offerings. Sushi Sushi can be contacted on (03) 8794 8223.
11.Rice Workshop This Japanese culinary master isn't just about the rice. Customers can choose from noodle and curry dishes, select ingredients to create their own flavour or just grab a snack. What's tantalising your taste buds, Salmon Karaage, Tempura Prawn Udon, Chicken Katsu Curry or something else. Don't miss the desserts which include the refreshing Green Tea Soft Serve. Rice Workshop can be contacted on (03) 8752 2809.
Scrumptious offerings from Rice Workshop (Photo from Rice Workshop Facebook Page)
Thai 12.Poppy's Thai Poppy's Thai offers home style Thai cooking across a varied menu. Choose from wok prepared meals, curries, salads, noodles, soups, duck or rice. Poppy's Thai can be contacted on (03) 9705 7227.
You won't go hungry a this restaurant (Photo from TGI Fridays Australia Facebook Page)
American 13.TGI Fridays TGI Fridays has its origins in New York. Now an international success in over 60 countries it offers a range of food including its signature dishes of Loaded Potato Skins, Chicken Fingers, Buffalo Wings, and the Jack Daniel's Grill. This licensed restaurant is also well known for its Ultimates range of cocktails which include the Ultimate Mudslide, the Ultimate Lynchberg Lemonade and the Ultimate June Bug. TGI Fridays can be contacted on (03) 8790 3377.
14.Pretzel World Savoury or sweet, what's your passion? It doesn't matter because Pretzel World has both. Imagine the lip licking good taste of Californian Cinnamon, Columbian Cookie or Moscow Glaze or savouring Meat Lovers, Ham and Cheese or Swiss Cheese. According to Pretzel World's website these tempting bakery snacks first turned up in the United States in the 18th century. It is thought they originated in Europe, possibly in Italy, in the Middle Ages. The pretzel has been used as the symbol of German Bakers since the 12th Century. Pretzel World can be contacted on (03) 8790 3637.
Mmmmmm Moscow Glaze (Photo from Official Pretzel World Facebook Page)
Vietnamese 15.Roll'd Vietnamese Inspired by family cooking and a culture where people come together around food, Roll'd Vietnamese offers a welcoming range of Vietnamese street food. If you have yet to try it come in and wrap your mouth around Cuon (Rice Paper Rolls), Pho (Noodle soup), Banh Mi (Viet Baguette), Com Tam (Broken Rice), Bun (Noodle Salad), Goi (Viet Salad) or Banh Xeo (Viet Pancakes). Complement the food with the energy boosting Viet coffee, Ca Phe. Roll'd Vietnamese can be contacted on (03)8790 3407.
Spanish 16.San Churro Chocolateria My personal favourite is this superb chocolateria serving chocolate indulgences with Spanish Flair. Dip Churros or strawberries into a selection of chocolate, try the sampling plate, sip on hot chocolate, or refresh with ice cream or sundaes. And oh my, the desserts, Salted Caramel or Chocolate Volcano, Crema Catalana, Cheesecakes, and of course Death by Choclolate. San Churro Chocolateria can be contacted on (03) 9703 0004.
Churros dipped in chocolate, Yum. (Photo from San Churro Facebook Page)
Portugese 17.Nandos Eat in or takeaway, Nandos is the home of flame grilled Peri Peri Chicken. This Portuguese delight is the foundation of a varied menu which includes Burgers, Wraps, Pitas, Paellas, and Espetadas. The kiddies have not been forgotten and have their own Nandinos menu. If it's just a snack you're after, tuck into the Appeteasers, a selection of dips, meatballs, olives and nuts. Nandos can be contacted on (03) 9704 8091.