1. There is something so irresistibly charming about The Commoner in Fitzroy. With its blackboards scrawled with seasonal specials like quince and pears, candlelit tables and cuddly blankets on the sofas, it simply oozes heart and charm. Try the feed me menu, a sumptuous array of seasonal cuisine – most of it even locally foraged. You won’t go away disappointed or with an empty stomach.
2. Gazi on Exhibition Street for its tasty Hellenic street food. Sitting somewhere in the middle of the spectrum of casual and fine dining, Gazi is modern and stylish, roughed up slightly with industrial faux fittings like exposed pipes and ink splattered walls. As for the food – it is quality with a sense of fun and frivolity. Think cumquat saganaki, crab souvlaki and crispy chicken straight from the wood fire spit.
3. After a few failed attempts, I finally made it to Chin Chin to try the feed me menu. Let’s just say it was worth the wait. Make sure you come here hungry though – the portions are epic. Expect great sharing plates full of flavour like the crispy duck marinated in soy and the caramelised sticky pork with sour herb salad and chilli herb vinegar. The rest can be left to your imagination.
4. Jafflechuting is definitely one of the stranger concepts I have heard in a while. What I love about Melbourne’s dining scene is its ability to keep us guessing. Jaffle Chutes is Melbourne’s first float down eatery where you can get freshly made jaffles (toasted cheese sandwiches) parachuted down from the sky for your consumption. To see how this unique concept works click here. X marks the spot…
5. The Gertrude Hotel, affectionately called the “Gerty” by Fitzroy locals, for its Monday steak specials. For just $16, the porterhouse steak served with fries and salad is an absolute steal. For parma fans, check out their parmigiana specials on Tuesdays with all the trimmings.
6. Ora Cafe in Kew for its top quality coffee and epic brunches. This bright and airy cafe in Pakington Street is always busy, and for good reason. Using a blend of beans made by Proud Mary, the coffee is exceptional here.
7. Cumulus Up, a chic wine bar upstairs from Cumulus Inc on Flinders Lane. This is the place to come for a quality selection of wine that tours the globe, accompanied by beautifully executed food like duck waffle with foie gras.
8.Rue and Co, the latest foodie hot spot in the CBD, occupied by Jimmy Grants , St Ali and Kong. Operating out of shipping containers, this is certainly the place to come during or after work to get a good feed. This is Melbourne street food dining at its best.
9. It’s easy to miss tiny Le Petitie Patisserie in Little Bourke Street. Although the coffee leaves a lot to be desired, the home-made cakes and pastries are divine. Think flakey almond croissants, Portugese tarts and cherry danishes.
10. The new lindor coconut truffles – an absolute must for coconut fans.
What have been your favourite foodie finds around town this week?