Listers, it’s no secret that I love cheese. Just one mention of a double cream blue and I go weak at the knees; a washed rind and I’m yours for the night. I dread to think what my arteries are like but, hey, my stomach’s happy and so is my editor because I’ve compiled this epic list of glorious cheese-based delights. So without further ado, here are 50 of the best dishes that contain cheese in Melbourne.
2. Deep fried mac’n’cheese with paprika mayonnaise at The Gasometer, Collingwood. Cheesy comfort food to the max.
3. Baked spud with Cashel blue cheese, walnuts, sorrel and witlof salad at The Last Jar, Melbourne CBD. Because blue is better.
4. Quattro Formaggi pizza at La Svolta, Prahran—an epic marriage of tomato, creamy fior di latte mozzarella, gorgonzola, pecorino and parmigiano.
5. The Grundlegend Fondue at Milk The Cow, Carlton and St Kilda (two of the best cheese shops in Melbourne, donchaknow). Roughly translated as ‘the ultimate,’ this comes blended with cognac and truffle honey. Luxury in cheese form.
6. Cheese and cauliflower croquettes at The Gem Bar & Restaurant, Collingwood. We always start with one serve of these and end up with four by the end of the night…
7. Goats cheese soufflé with celeriac and mustard at Hell of the North, Fitzroy. Like eating fluffy cheese clouds of joy.
8. Buffalo mozzarella, nectarines and jamon at Dig A Pony, Yarraville. Fruit + cheese + cured ham = win.
9. Smoked salmon and brie ravioli at D.O.C. Pizza & Mozarella Bar, Carlton and Albert Park. A top form of cheese for Melbourne pasta lovers.
10. The incredible Sammi toasted sandwich (four cheeses with blanched spring greens and dill) from Toasta Food Truck. We’re still dreaming about the last time we chowed down on this one!
11. The English cheddar sandwich—house baked Caraway-beer bread, cheddar, onions and Dijon mustard—at Rockwell & Sons, Fitzroy. Do we need to say more?
12. Holy Goat cheeses from Bill’s Farm, Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne CBD. Perfect for cooking with, adding to a salad or shovelling into your mouth whole after a long day.
13. Baked camembert with fresh garlic at Temple Brewing Company, Brunswick East. One of our recommendations for cheese in Melbourne, during the winter months.
14. Any and all of the seasonal cheese packs at Harper & Blohm cheese shop, Essendon. Because, CHEESE PACKS.
15. The Waldorf pizza (garlic oil, blue cheese, roasted cauliflower, walnuts and pear) at Lazerpig, Fitzroy. A truly drool-inducing flavour combo!
16. Anything from the cheese cellar (aka. heaven) at Spring Street Grocer, Melbourne CBD. We could get lost in here, Listers! Please don’t try to find us.
17. The Woodside Rubi from Richmond Hill Café & Larder, Richmond. Extra points for being incredibly beautiful (they rinds are decorated with edible flowers), as well as tasty.
18. Brie de Fermier served with brandied cherries at Cumulus Inc., Melbourne CBD. One of our top cheeses in Melbourne for enjoying with a dessert wine.
19. The baked vanilla cheesecake at Rococo, St Kilda and Hawthorn. Last time we checked, this had white chocolate in it too…yum.
20. Sweet ricotta and cinnamon cannoli with pistachios at Mister Bianco, Kew. Drool-worthy deliciousness.
21. Deep fried brie bon-bons (these are BALLS OF CHEESE, people!) with chilli jam at The Nelson, St Kilda. The best bite-size cheese in Melbourne.
22. Tortellini filled with lemon feta on spiced pumpkin puree with sage butter and roasted almonds at Sabroso, Seddon. Yes, we said sage butter.
23. Toastie with San Danielle prosciutto, gruyere cheese, black truffle mayo and wild rocket at The Woods of Windsor, Windsor. (Southside dairy fans, this is a great local pit-stop for Melbourne cheese lovers!)
24. The Blueberry pancake stack with blueberry compote, blueberry mascarpone and maple butter (!!!) at Trunk, Melbourne CBD. The need for sweet, blueberry breakfast cheese in Melbourne has never been greater.
25. The house carbonara at Etto, South Melbourne. One of Melbourne’s best Italian restaurants, so obviously a great place to get your cheese fix.
26. Cannolo with coffee gelato, zabaglione and sweetened buffalo ricotta at Scopri, Carlton. We could eat Scopri’s sweetened ricotta for days…
27. Fig, asparagus and smoked ricotta salad with air dried beef and olives in shallot and nut dressing at Ezard, Melbourne CBD. Obsessed.
28. The cheese trolley—yes, the whole thing—at Epocha, Carlton. You’ll have a wheely good time here, cheese lovers.
29. Green tea cheesecake with raspberry crémeux, adzuki beans, green tea mousse and gianduja sable at Chez Dre, South Melbourne. A creative and delicious use of cheese from one of our fave Melbourne cafes.
30. Fettuccine carbonara with pancetta and egg yolk at the Grossi Florentino cellar bar, Melbourne CBD. Creamy, dreamy, feed me.
31. Every style of cheesecake at Monarch Cakes, St Kilda. It's like choosing a favourite child!
32. Twice baked goat’s cheese soufflé at After The Tears, Elsternwick. Twice the baking time = twice the melted dreams.
33. GG Restaurant's three cheese gnocchi, East Melbourne. After a triple hit of gorgonzola, mascarpone and parmesan cheese in Melbourne? These guys will be your new bff’s.
34. Poached pear and ricotta fruit toast at Ebenezer Coffee & Wine Bar, Blackrock. Cheese for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert.
35. Burnt onion, buffalo mozzarella and basil omelette with sourdough toast at Barry, Northcote. One of the best cheese-featuring breakfasts in Melbourne.
36. House gnocchi with tomatoes, stracchino, basil and olive crumbs at Church Street Enoteca, Richmond. How good are olive crumbs, PS?
37. Ravioli with quail egg, ricotta and gorgonzola at Rosetta, Southbank. An indulgent pasta dish that doesn’t scrimp on the cheese.
38. Tiramisu with fresh mascarpone at Sarti, Melbourne CBD. Hot AND cold, cheese AND booze, yes AND yes.
39. Pasta carbonara at D.O.C. Pizza & Mozarella Bar, Carlton and Albert Park. Legendary.
40. Toasted 5 & Dime bagel with cured salmon pastrami, cracked pepper cream cheese, green tomato relish and pickled cucumber salad at Auction Rooms, North Melbourne. Protip: Ask for an additional side of the cream cheese and spread it on the pickles. You're welcome.
41. Sweetcorn and halloumi fritters with salsa at Axil Coffee Roasters, Hawthorn. The perfect brunch combo.
42. Shanklish cheese omelette with caramelised leeks, zatar, pine nuts, crispy kale and sourdough at Industry Beans, Fitzroy. Of course you’ll want to go for the extra bacon…
43. Spiced cheese churros, grated celery and yoghurt at Bistro Gitan, South Yarra. CHEESE. CHURROS. That is all.
44. East Elevation’s Croque Monsieur. A cheese-based masterpiece that takes 20 minutes of preparation. Perhaps the best cheese sandwich in East Brunswick.
45. The open goat’s cheese omelette topped with zucchini, piperade and rocket on sourdough at South of Johnston, Collingwood. Worth crossing the river for, Melbourne cheese fiends.
46. Baked camembert with apple, celery and ciabatta at Naked in the Sky, Fitzroy. Bonus points for the epic rooftop view!
47. Any of the insanely good cheese quiches at Pickadeli, South Melbourne Market, South Melbourne. They slso stock some of the best to-go cheese in Melbourne.
48. Brother Burger’s blue cheese burger, Fitzroy. Do we even need to explain?
49. Camembert and Vegemite jaffle at the Sweetwater Inn, South Yarra. They don’t hold back on the cheese—there’s half a slab of camembert in there, along with freshly sliced apple and a thick spread of our nation’s pride. Delicious.
50. Pulled pork and gorgonzola sandwich at Code Black Coffee, Brunswick, which comes with honey mustard mayo, walnuts and shaved apple. Go with an empty stomach—this tasty dish is literally the size of your head.
…And of course, Kraft Easy Mac from your local grocers. Because sometimes microwave cheese is exactly what you need.
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