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4 New Food Sensations to Try in Melbourne

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by Nadine Cresswell-Myatt (subscribe)
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Published July 15th 2020
Must try great new dishes
Whetting your appetite with these new, must-try, Melbourne foods. All of them culinary sensations. Some you might want to add to your Post-COVID Wish List when you get to sit down again in restaurants, but some of these great dishes are presently available as take away. If you like the look of something, then check on the establishment's Facebook for updates.

Souffle Pancakes

Float away on these dreamy sweet pillows. Already popular in Seoul and Japan, these pancakes look like souffles because the base is whipped egg whites. No flour, so they are gluten-free. They come with a thick, velvety custard-like sweet cream.

Flavours include strawberry, matcha, red bean, sticky salted caramel, tiramisu, and honey-macadamia (made with local honeycomb) or you can order plain pancakes.

Please keep an eye on their Facebook re information about their opening dates. Click here. During normal times (as in when Melbourne is not in lockdown ) they are open from 5pm until 9 pm. You can also message them on Facebook.

Keki Milkbar
4/190 Queen Street, Melbourne
0492 090 609

World's Fanciest Chicken Roll

Even the UK's Daily Mail has heard of this Melbourne beauty and has dubbed it the world's fanciest chicken roll. This is a fluffy potato bun stuffed with succulent roast chicken, herb stuffing, crisped up skin crumble, shoestring fries and a side of gourmet gravy (more of a jus) that is so rich and flavoursome it takes three days to make. This can either be poured over the roll or used as a dip. Please check their Facebook for availability. And line up with me when they are fully open for sit down again.

Levi. Melbourne
6 Railway Parade, Murrumbeena
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Get Directions

Call (03) 9563 2124

A Dedicated Portuguese Tart Shop

Not so much a new food but it's incredibly hard to find authentic Portuguese tarts. When I went to the Portuguese Festival at Queen Victoria Market I wondering what the long line was for. It was for these tarts. I queued for aged but the ran out. There were so many crestfallen people. You would think it was the end of the world. So I have been dying to try these tarts.

They are made from scratch, so you can expect golden and crunchy pastry, and custard that's burnished black on top from caramelising in the oven, but when you bite into them they are still luscious and silky inside.

Casa Nata will be Melbourne's first and only dedicated Portuguese tart shop. Located in Thornbury in normal times they offer store pick up and dine in. A box of these baked beauties also makes a great gift.

At the moment if you want to have some at home, you will need to pre-order.

Casa Nata
at 846 High St,
Open 9am until 3pm / Thursday – Sunday
Again keep an eye on their Facebook

Korean Cult Fried Chicken

Australia's original Korean fried chicken and beer joint, Gami Chicken & Beer is opening a new store on Thursday 16 July at 5pm. The popular chain is the work of four former Korean students who studied together at Monash University. Unless there are further restrictions their spicy fried chicken will be available for takeaway and delivery.

They serve 100% RSPCA-approved chicken and they do have vegetarian options such as Kimchi Pancake - pan-fried traditional Korean pickled cabbage and vegetables in savoury Korean pancake batter.

Garni is donating the first 1000 pieces of their iconic fried chicken to local essential service workers to say thank you for their hard
work. And for the rest of us, they are giving away their signature batter chips with any order over $20 for one week until Thursday 23 July.

Can't say I have tried their fried chicken as yet, but my son recommends it as 'spicy stuff'. But I have been to Burwood Bricks and adore this new shopping centre. You can wander in the rooftop garden. If you shop at Woolworths, they have trolleys made out of recycled milk cartons, so there are no cumbersome metal trolleys to heave around. I simply love all the recycled timber, the sound of kookaburras when you up the car park, and all the windows streaming light into this non-traditional shopping centre. Wish all shopping centres were like this.

If you are completely staying inside, there is free delivery for Gami (Burwood Brickworks) customers on orders over $30 placed on DoorDash between 16-29 July.

Gami Chicken & Beer
Burwood Brickworks Shopping Centre, 70 Middleborough Rd.
Burwood East VIC 3151
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Your Comment
Yum! Those pancakes look fantastic! So happy to read they are GF.
by Bombay Extra Dry (score: 2|654) 20 days ago
Nadine, why did you have to post this article just before lunch time? The soufflé pancakes sound like a fancy pavlova with their whipped egg white base. I vouch for the incredible taste of Portuguese tarts, worth queuing for. Neil.
by Neil Follett (score: 2|569) 20 days ago
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