Melbourne is one of the ultimate foodie destinations. It's often difficult determining what is your favourite place, as there are so many.
Instead of making this blanket decision, I'll list places that serve some popular items and let you know who I think does it best!
As mentioned in a previous article on Japanese restaurants, Wabi Sabi Garden in St Kilda is my favourite place for sushi. With options such as eggplant and crumbed fish/prawn, some of the options are refreshingly unique.
Another popular place is Shyun in Carnegie. They are known for their fresh tasting sashimi but also their excellent soft shell crab roll.
2. Burgers There are so many burgers in Melbourne that the best burgers are highly debatable. Personally I would bypass the crowd favourites of Huxtaburger and Mr Burger and choose Beatbox Kitchen, another food truck.
Their juicy beef patty and 'stereo sauce' along with its melted cheese and crispy bun will entice you back every time. Don't forget to follow them on social media so you can find out their next location.
3. French toast The ingredients of this one often changes, but Breakfast Thieves makes an amazing French toast no matter what they put on it. At the time, my version had spiced wine poached plums, white chocolate mascarpone mousse & candied pistachio.
One place that impressed me was Two Birds One Stone in South Yarra. They serve their eggs with ham hock and Bernaise sauce instead of Hollandaise, a similar French sauce, usually reserved for meat such as steak.
Despite this, the whole dish works very well and made me quite full!
In my recent article on Fitzrovia, I discovered delicious chips called 'fat chips'.
I thought this meant they were just thick, which I love. But they were more like large chunks of potatoes with herbs and an excellent Chipotle aioli dip.
There's no place like the suburbs when you want a good bowl of pho. For a lot of Vietnamese people, a home-cooked bowl is always the preferred choice, but if you were to head out, I would highly recommend Pho Hung Vuong in Springvale.
The broth is just as good as any home meal and prices and serving sizes are generous. It's a small shop, but always busy with its no-frills and simple experience of delicious, affordable and authentic pho. It's perfect for winter too!
Frozen yoghurt is a new and healthier alternative to some other common desserts, so it's not surprising that these froyo places are continuously popping up.
One of my favourites include Ayomo (standing for A Yoghurt Moment) in South Melbourne, who have rotating flavours but also a very popular macadamia flavour. They even make a special mix of gelato/froyo called "frolato", which includes flavours such as chocolate and cookies and cream. Check them out here.
Another unique froyo place is Skinny Dippa on Chapel St. They also regularly change some flavours but have some popular ones, an interesting one being burnt caramel. Their interior is also great and spacious, with many tables to encourage a proper catch-up rather than just an in and out experience.