You can officially stick your skimpy two-piece bikini in a pipe and smoke it this summer because Melbourne’s food scene just became a helluva lot more delicious than skinny feels. In fact, we’ve found ten insane Melbourne food dishes that’ll have you burning your Ashy Bines Bikini Body Challenge meal replacement shakes in a fire pit before you can say carbohydrates.
Here are 10 insane dishes worth giving up your bikini bod for this summer.
The Pearl Dumplings | Merah
Merah is the north’s newest Malaysian paradise. Having only opened its doors in October, the team at Merah are already setting the bar high on the Melbourne food scene, thanks in [large] part to its phenomenally stunning and deliciously tasty pearl dumplings. These bad boys are made from tapioca sago, turnip, pork shoulder, peanuts and betel leaf and are every bit as light and juicy as they sound (don’t worry, you can counterbalance the health factor with a big dose of their equally insane fried chicken).
The Aloo Bungain Curry Pot | Mukka
It’s time to ditch your regular Sunday night Indian takeaway joint and make the trek to Mukka in Fitzroy because it’ll not only make every other butter chicken you’ve ever tried taste like a Campbell’s Chunky Soup but you’ll also release you’ve been ordering the wrong curry this whole time. Mukka’s Aloo Bungain is far and away the best thing you’ll phone home about this summer. The deliciousness of this rich dish is thanks to a flawless combination of eggplant and potatoes cooked together with tomatoes, cumin and warm spices. UM YUM.
The Beef Brisket Hash | The Premises
We’ve written lists upon lists of brunch must-eats this year but The Premises’ beef brisket has only just moseyed onto the brekkie scene and it’s already been breaking foodie hearts left, right and centre. This dish of dreams features beef brisket, sweet potato, housemade sauerkraut, horseradish aioli and a poached egg, and its sweet potatoey goodness is everything you didn’t know you needed in a wholesome brekkie dish.
The Prawn & Chicken Dumplings | Supernormal
Ditch the skimpy togs this summer and get your fill of asian fusion in the CBD. Supernormal has long been a hot spot for scrummy work lunches and evening feeds and one of their dishes just made getting summer ready the last thing on your mind. These juicy little traditional meat buns are filled with prawn and chicken and are served with chili and vinegar sauce. They also wash down well with an ice cold beer and a side of broccolini, smoked potato, miso and furikake.
Mac & Cheese Croquettes | Riverland
Not only is this riverside bar serving up a big plate of delicious views (and tall glasses of frosé) but they’ve just hit the motherload in terms of summer bites. Sitting pretty on their menu this season are mac & cheese croquettes served with - wait for it…. - baconnaise. That’s bacon. Loaded. Mayonnaise. Summer never tasted so good.
The Trio Of Potato Hotcakes | Two Fat Monks
What’s better than one potato cake? Three potato cakes. Which is why Fairfield’s Two Fat Monks is onto a winner with its current menu. In between the generous servings of modern brunch staples, flavour-packed share dishes and breakfast cocktails (!!), there’s a little something called the Trip of Potato Hotcakes. Why do they make you want to put your bathers through the shredder? Because they’re avocado and caviar, beetroot and goat’s cheese, and salsa flavoured. Hot dayum.
Chargrilled Roti Bread | Uncle
If you’ve never eaten roti before, then you’re basically living a half-life, a cursed life, for every moment that roti doesn’t touch your lips. The good news is that we’ve just lead you to what is without a doubt one of the best roti breads in the city. Asian fusion oasis, Uncle, sits in a convenient CBD location and features one particular menu item that tastes about a thousand times better than poached chicken with lemon juice and a stick of celery. It’s the chargrilled roti bread with spicy miso dipping sauce and it’s going to change your life.
The Baci Bomb | Ripponlea Food & Wine
What could possibly be better than deep fried mac & cheese, potato cakes, dumplings and brunch? Try a dark chocolate sphere with baci crumble, candied orange and hazelnut semifreddo, with a slowly poured over orange spiked chocolate sauce that melts away the chocolate sphere and leaves behind a rich chocolate dessert beyond any of your wildest dreams? Yeah nah sounds good to me, and thanks to the newly refurbished eatery and cocktail bar, Ripponlea Food & Wine, it exists and it’s bloody good.
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