After accidently taking a wrong turn on Southbank, I came upon the sight of many souls huddled together in the middle of the Yarra, happily laughing away enjoying what seemed to be, GOOD FOOD. Now who can resist a mysterious, cheerful little island, full of shiny, happy people and stocked with things you can eat/drink?
Of course, the very next time I was ravenous I decided it was the the perfect little place to go. It's easy to get to, just take a tram or train down to Flinders Street and it's a 5 to 10 minute walk, depending on your fitness level, or simply how hungry you are!
The secret food island I discovered has a name, 'The Ponyfish Island', and can only be accessed via the 'secret' stairs under the Elizabeth Street footbridge. In case you were wondering which bridge it is; it is the one with a huge white arch. If you still can't find it, on most occasions there is an electric guitar playing Elmo/Moose (And whatever other transformations this kindred spirit takes on!) marking the bridge's entrance from the Flinders Station underpass to Elizabeth Street. Descending the stairs, loud, peppy music greeted me.
Prices were decent, and I ordered a Cajun chicken burger (14 AUD) and Belgian waffles (12 AUD). The staff, might I add here, were really friendly and the place had the ambience of a secret Indie club (I say this with nothing but affection for this little place). The furniture was a bit rough around the edges with 'macho' looking wooden stools and tables placed around the mushroom heaters guarding you from the Melbourne winter/spring/autumn/random freak weather!
The food was delicious. The burger itself was humongous, with generous servings of all ingredients. A bit difficult to eat without making a mess, but that sort of added to the experience. The Belgian waffles were just as good, with ample amounts of whipped cream, strawberries, maple syrup or honey (I couldn't tell in the dark). Perfection! This is also a bar, so if you just wanted a drink under the stars I would definitely recommend it!
Thus ended my little adventure, although if you wanted to burn off the calories might I suggest a walk a down the Yarra towards Crown? You are bound to run into some fun street performances and little random surprises that is so Melbourne.