There’s nothing that a glass of wine and a plate of salumi won’t fix, Listers. Whether you’re a fan of traditional paper-thin prosciutto or love a peppery salami that’s full of flavour, salumi has taken off here in Melbourne and seems to be expanding its meaty reign. From salumi-specific venues to eateries that manage to work this wonderful ingredient into just about every dish they can, here are the best bars and restaurants in Melbourne for getting your salumi fix.
Hanging and aging meats on site, North Melbourne warehouse venue Saluministi specialises in meats of all shapes and sizes. While the house-made sausages are a must for any at-home cooking aficionados, the salumi here delivers epic eat-straight-from-the-counter flavour and freshness. As authentic as it gets!
Ombra is home to one of the best selections of cured meats in Melbourne. The CBD restaurant and wine bar serves tantalising four-course set menu options (they like to keep it simple, folks), but if you’re there for the salumi, we’d recommend ordering the grande board for a selection of cured meats that won’t leave you hungry. The best bit? They serve a white peach Bellini too. Cheers!
Prosciutto Bros. Craft Bar
Prosciutto Bros snuck up out of nowhere in Eltham, then slapped us across the face with some top-notch cured meats and local beers! The venue takes a unique approach to its rotating beer taps, allowing up to 20 different breweries to showcase their wares at one time. Serving traditional Italian style fare, the charcuterie boards are piled high with no-frills meaty goodness. Grab your meat-loving mates and get to this Eltham hot-spot, pronto.
Boilermaker House is a mecca for all things booze and charcuterie-based—the charcuterie board here is truly a work of saliva-inducing art, and the drinks menu is impeccable if you’re a fan of whisky. Scotch, beer and meat: What more is there to life?!
Bellota Wine Bar
Run by the team behind the Prince Wine Store in South Melbourne, Bellota is an awesome wine bar that serves delicious nibbles including oysters, cheeses and—oh yes!—all the charcuterie and salumi you can muster. The ideal venue for an intimate date night with a few glasses of wine and the perfect sharing platter.
Two Little Pigs Charcuterie & Grind
If you haven’t been to this Brunswick bar, you are seriously missing out on one of the north-side’s tastiest hidden gems. Two Little Pigs Charcuterie & Grind is, as the name might suggest, all about the best pork in town. With 24-month aged Serrano jamon on the menu, alongside some epic house-made terrines and a cracking salami tasting plate, this is the perfect pit-stop in Melbourne for an all-round salumi fix.
Tucked down Meyers Place, San Telmo serves an impeccable selection of Argentinian food and wine, ranging from nibbles of traditional ceviche to some of the most epic steak dishes that this city has to offer. But it’s the Plato de Picada that’s really floating our salumi boat—a house cured meat plate served with chapa (Argentinian flat bread) and pickled vegetables.
Carlton Wine Room
One of Carlton’s staples, corner restaurant the Carlton Wine Room is fast becoming one of our favourite watering holes. Whether you go for a quick snack (um, $1 oysters?!) or you’re keen for the full three courses, plus cheese, it ticks all the boxes. The basturma dry-cured beef is delicious with a glass of something rich and red, and the range of meats and salumi on offer is second to none. Don’t know what to go for? Ask Carlton Wine Room’s staff—they always know what’s best!
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