Ain’t nothing better than not having to do the dishes, except also not having to go through the laborious process of having to choose what you’re going to eat (#firstworldprollems). For those who are new to the ‘feed me’ concept, it’s basically a carnival lucky dip but for bloody good Melbourne cuisine. You walk into a venue and they set a selection of their most delicious plates in front of you. Simples.
Here are some of the best Feed Me menus on the Melbourne food scene right now.
At the epicentre of the CBD’s Asian fusion scene is Uncle, a quirky and polished inner-city restaurant (that also serves up some delicious cocktails). Here, you can treat yourself to their ‘Uncle know best…’ menu options where you’ll be served no less than eight courses, featuring the likes of Mum’s chay spring rolls, crispy pigs’ ears banh mi, Spanish mackerel with octopus, XO sauce and sea greens, and tapioca fruit salad. And you can’t not accompany all of that with the Da Nang Bang Bang cocktail.
Open 11am till late 7 days a week, this CBD institution is a favourite for city crawlers, serving up delicious South-East Asian cuisine thanks to their Executive Chef, Benjamin Cooper. The dining halls themselves are modelled off those in Asia, because why not get your Feed Me menu with a site of culture. Speaking of Feed Me menus, you can pay $69.50 to get served an assortment of the Chef’s favourite dishes, which could include delicious things like chicken and shiitake mushroom spring rolls, crispy soft shell crab noodles and crispy barramundi and green apple salad.
Price: $69.50 per person
Let us first say that if you’re even thinking of having dinner at Mr Miyagi with at least five friends— book that shit. If you want to have dinner at Mr Miyagi in a party of any less? Go at 5pm and avoid the crazy wait times you’ll get stung with at 7pm (although we’ll admit that the food’s worth the wait). Featuring signature dishes like the salmon nori taco, Miyagi fried chicken and tempura broccoli, you can be confident going into the Feed Me menu blind that you’ll be served something worth every damn cent.
Price: $59 per person
One of the best things about Mr Miyagi is that if the wait time is ridonk, you can just pop across the road to Chapel Street royalty, Hawker Hall. Featuring one of the most extensive Feed Me menus we’ve ever seen, Hawker Hall’s ‘Feast’ offerings will have you surrendering to a food coma within minutes. Here are some of the dishes you’ll be served: Malay vegetable spring rolls, toasted coconut meatballs, mee goreng, peking style whole roast duck, combination roast BBQ platter, Milo dinosaur sundae, and roti apple pie with burnt caramel ice cream. Need we say more?
Price: $88 per person
Oriental Tea House
For a true tummy-filly Asian experience, there’s no going past the Oriental Tea House on Chapel Street. Their Feasting Menu for 2 includes pan-fried pork & chive dumplings, chicken san choi bao, sweet shredded steak, Chinese broccoli in oyster sauce, ‘Legit Special Fried Rice’ and their signature white chocolate dumplings. Feasts can also be served to groups of four and six where dishes like BBQ pork buns and pepper chicken get added to the mix.
Price: $40 per person
There’s only one modern African restaurant you need on speed dial in this glorious city and it’s perched on Little Collins Street in the CBD. There’s a reason Polēpolē is packed to capacity every Friday and Saturday night - the food’s worth ditching Mum’ lasagne for. Their Feed Me menu, ‘Well’, is priced very reasonably at $39 per person for a selection of 7 dishes. You can even raise your already sensational dining experience by opting for the ‘More’ feed me option featuring additional game meat and a dessert. With things like applewood smoked fried haloumi with Moroccan tea honey and sesame on the menu, it’s bloody hard to say no to a night at Polēpolē. Don’t forget to check out their Glamp bar upstairs!
Price: $39 or $55 per person
If Asian fusion’s not your scene, then head over to Fitzroy’s Mukka where you’ll experience the best value for money curry smorgasbord south of India itself. For only $35 a head ($30 for vegetarians or vegans), you’ll be treated to an array of delicious goodies including authentic samosas, onion bhaji, chicken tikka, butter chicken, slow-cooked goat curry, lamb saag and enough naan bread to sink the Spirit of Tasmania.
Price: $30 (veg./vegan) $35 (nonveg.) per person
Slightly glammer than your traditional pot and parma, and serving up dishes infinitely more delicious than the spag bol you were planning on making for dinner, is Richmond’s Botherambo. Think smoked trout, pork, prawn & ginger dumplings, crispy pork belly, crispy soft shell crab, lemongrass chilli curry and roti bread. Their Feed Me menu is only $50 a pop, however, it requires eight of you to unlock it.
Price: $50 per person
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Image credit: Mukka | Michelle Jarni