Restaurants

50 Meals You Should Have Eaten in 2015

By Sophie Colvin - 24 Jun 2015

Listers, we know you’ve been hanging out for a wrap-up of Melbourne’s best culinary delights, so here’s a list of 50 dishes (in no particular order) that you most definitely should have eaten in 2015 so far. Wrap your mouths around these epic meals from Melbourne’s best restaurants and cafes.

  1. The Snap Crackle and Pop at Saint Crispin is pork crackling reimagined. We promise you won’t have experienced anything like it!
  2. The Lamb Jaffle at Chez Dré, is a cheesy, herby, pulled lamb toasted sandwich of goodness.
  3. The BBQ Baby Back Pork Ribs with soy and sesame from Kong take ‘melt in your mouth’ to a new level.
  4. Tagliatelle with braised duck ragu from Baby Pizza. Because, duck and pasta in one dish.
  5. The Spanner Crab and sweet pork with  chilli and coconut dressing, served on betel leaf from the dining room at St Hotel in St Kilda has to be one of our favourite starters.
  6. The fresh Queensland Soft-shell Mud Crab Roll with a fennel and dill salad and lime mayonnaise in a brioche bun from Top Paddock is acceptable (essential) at any time of day.
  7. Part of the seasonal chef’s selection menu, the Oak Valley Veal, truffle milk, burnt broccolini, and Jerusalem artichokes at Highline in Windsor is mind-blowingly delish.
  8. Flinders Lane favourite, Cecconis serves Caramelised Scallops, creamed parsnip, smoked bacon and sherry vinaigrette as an entrée and it sets the tone perfectly for the rest of the meal.
  9. The 12-hour Roasted Lamb Shoulder with a green olive salad and smoked eggplant from Radius Bar & Grill in Marysville is worth the drive. The lamb is sourced locally and the slow cooking makes it melt in your mouth.
  10. As far as lunch dishes go, the Korean Braised Beef Spare Rib with soft polenta, buckwheat, raw greens, garlic chips and sesame seeds from Prahran stalwart, St Edmonds certainly hits the spot.
  11. Miss Katie's Crab Shack at the revamped Rochey Hotel serves the best darn Crab Boil in town. 
  12. If you like sharing plates and meaty goodness, the Charcuterie Board at Boilermaker House is a must-order.
  13. Tucked down Oliver Lane in Melbourne’s CBD, you’ll find Lucy Liu serving Korean Style Crispy Pork Ham Hock with apple kimchi, pancakes and hoi sin. Yes please.
  14. Chin Chin’s Kingfish Sashimi with lime, chilli, coconut and Thai Basil is well known for a reason.
  15. The Mascarpone Hotcakes from Hobba are served with seasonal berries, honeycomb and vanilla. Golly they’re pretty.
  16.  One of our fave Melbourne cafes, Greville Street’s Oscar Cooper has a stellar menu, but the Wasabi Crusted Calamari with Vietnamese style slaw and sweet soy mayonnaise has earned its place in this list of 50.
  17. The Chicken Ribs at Prahran’s Charlie Dumpling are an interesting and juicy spin on a ribs dish.
  18. We’re big fans of the Steak and Chips served at Entrecote. Hot tip: your chips will be continually topped-up.
  19. The Prawn Linguine from Rococo is a truly delicious dish. Seafood and carbs. Tick. Tick. Boom.
  20. It’s hard to narrow it down to just one dessert from Bibelot, but the Caramel and Peanut Butter Mousse with chocolate biscuit base stole our hearts.
  21. The Cherry Tree Organic 12 Hour Slow Cooked Lamb joint, served with harissa from Richmond’s Feast of Merit. Yes, it really is as good as it sounds.
  22. The Breakfast Salad from Patch in Richmond is the ultimate guilt-free start to the day—chopped kale with broccoli, pomegranate, quinoa tabouli and mint.
  23. Meatmaiden on Little Collins Street serves a 20-hour Rangers Valley Wagyu Brisket, rubbed with native Tasmanian pepper berry. Now THAT’S a slow cook.
  24. Mr Miyagi’s Nori Taco, served with grilled salmon belly, sushi rice, spicy napa cabbage, Japanese mayo, chilli oil. To quote one of our Urban List staffers, ‘this has changed my life.’
  25. Beach, beers and the Pork, Prune and Pistachio Terrine with house made zucchini pickle and cornichons from Ebenezer in Black Rock. Sign us up.
  26. The Tamarind Blue Swimmer Crab with crispy prawn, green apple, lychees and Thai herb omelette from Industry Beans is fresh, Asian-fusion and most of all, delicious. So many ticks.
  27. The Gem Bar and Dining Room in Collingwood serves a Tasting Plate of 5 meats and 5 sides. The beer can chicken and beef brisket is a must!
  28. Shifty Chevre has a cheese-based menu so it’s hard for us to pick a favourite, but do your self a flavour and try the goats cheese, ham & honey Croque-Monsieur. Because, cheese. 
  29. The Cape Grim Short Rib at Temple Brewing Co is a dish of boneless short-ribs, delicately braised for 8 hours, glazed with New World Order sweet wort from the Brewhouse. Finished with celeriac puree, Tuscan cabbage, broad beans and fresh horseradish. Yes. It’s that good.
  30. Abbotsford’s Dr Morse serves Mussels with chilli, saffron and chorizo crumble. It’s a sharing plate, but you probably won’t want to.
  31. The Gnocchi al Pomodoro at Gradi in Crown is made up of homemade gnocchi with Napoli sauce, fresh ricotta and fresh basil. It’s a simple dish, but those in the know insist it’s the best you’ll find.
  32. The Arroz Negro Paella from Anada in Fitzroy is packed with calamari, prawns, mussels and squid ink. The seafood is fantastically fresh and, honestly, who doesn’t love Paella?
  33. Moon Under Water serves a Suet and Treacle Pudding with cumquat. It’s sweet and delicious and so, so right.
  34. Unwavering Melbourne CBD Thai restaurant fave, Cookie will fix you up with stir-fried pork belly with red curry, green peppercorns, kaffir lime and green beans. It’s really not to be missed.
  35. Estelle has created a light and bright Wagyu dish, serving the beef with pear and celeriac veloute.
  36. It’s worth treating yourself to Sticky Coconut Quinoa Pudding, served with seasonal fruit and pistachios from Touchwood in Richmond.  
  37. At Gelato Messina we really just want the gelato, all of the gelato, but the Dulce De Leche—an Argentinean caramel made by reducing milk until it becomes a sweet jam—has to be our favourite.
  38. If you’re a bircher fan, the Fig Bircher at Millstone in Malvern is right on point.
  39. One of Glenferrie Road’s latest editions, Sagra, has got the starters spot on. The Grilled Octopus, green olives, cherry tomatoes and roasted kipfler potatoes has us hooked.
  40. Speakeasy whips up a delicious Salt and Pepper Calamari, served with rocket and aioli. It’s so simple, but for some reason it tastes magical.
  41. Malvern’s Harry Hall has slow roasts down-pat, serving 12-hour Gippsland Lamb with polenta taragna, tomato and eggplant ragout. And to make it even better, the lamb is grown by the restaurant owner.
  42. For finger lickin’ Greek goodness, head to Gazi and order the Duck Souva, which includes chips, parsley, onion, pear and mustard mayo.
  43. The spiked milk shakes at Grand Trailer Park Taverna really are something to behold. The Makers Mark Bourbon, Salted Caramel and Maple Bacon Shake will mean you’ll never look at the humble milkshake in the same way again.
  44. As far as French toast goes, Sardi in Hawthorn has it sorted with its Banana Bread French Toast, dished up with mascarpone, maple roasted pears, salted caramel and almond crumple. Yuuuuum.
  45. Peruvian restaurant Pastuso, found on ACDC Lane in the CBD, serves a range of ceviche dishes, with the stand out being the Amazonian Ceviche—a dish of New Zealand king salmon with plantain fritters, sour orange and lemon dressing.
  46. Tonka has smoked Huon Salmon Betel Leaf with coconut, chilli, pomelo and kaffir lime on the menu. It’s an inspiring Indian dish with a twist.
  47. The Californian Salad at Barry is packed with colour, flavour and goodness: Quinoa, shredded kale, wild organic rice, coriander, charred corn, salted ricotta, black turtle beans, heirloom tomatoes, jalapeño, gojis and spicy lime vinaigrette. You can even add tuna if your heart so desires.
  48. East Brunswick favourite Pope Joan will dish you up Boiled Eggs, soldiers, bacon bits and herb salt. So simple. Yet so, so good.
  49. Smoked Duck Liver Parfait, with pickled cucumber crisp potato can be found on the menu at The Town Mouse and it’s hard to go past.
  50. The Cracked Wheat and Freekeh Salad with barberries from Cumulus Inc. is a firm favourite on the well known Flinders Lane restaurant’s menu. It might sound like ‘just a salad’, but in reality it’s so much more.

Image Credit: Miss Katie's crab Shack by Sabine Legrand
 

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