When we think of Elwood, we think of sunny days, carefree strolls along the beach and maybe even some people watching of bike riders or families with ice-cream in hand.
But when you think of Elwood, you may not think to consider the delectable array of food and drink options that they have to offer. We found some of these hidden gems that are certainly worth making the trip for.
Here’s a list of some of our favourite spots to eat in Elwood.
Lezzet Anatolian Kitchen
The inspiration behind Lezzet Anatolian Kitchen is the marrying of Turkish, Greek, Iranian, Armenian, Bulgarian and even Syrian and Israeli cultures.
The restaurant’s owner Kemal Barut transformed his purely Turkish Middle Eastern menu into something that reflected all of these cultures while paying homage to his Mother and Grandmother. At Lezzet, the emphasis is on the quaint yet perfectly refined ambience, that is even more brought to life by the food. This is the perfect space for groups or private functions, and the alfresco area overlooks the bustling Brighton Road Elwood Promenade.
FIGO is your one stop shop for classic Italian pizza, artisanal gelato, street food and boutique wines and beers. The name translates to ‘cool’ in Italian, which translates to the effortlessly and breezy vibes about this place. These guys made roman style pizza which is characterised by a slightly crunchier base than you might be used to.
Head chef Valerio Calabro brings the best no-frills pizza that is made with the most premium ingredients. FIGO also offers delicious ‘fritto bites’, which are a classic Italian fried street food, as well as parmesan garlic and parsley double crumbed lamb cutlets or squid ink and calamari arancino. For something of the more sweet variety, they offer a range of primavera artisan gelato featuring an ever-changing menu of sensational flavours like fior di latte, peach, and basil sorbet.
Miss Alex & Co.
Miss Alex & Co. is the kind of place you waltz into on a sleepy Sunday morning for a coffee and a good feed. This cafe is full of sunshine and great vibes, and is a go-to spot for locals to get their coffee fix.
Brought to us by Rosso Roasting Co., the coffee is fantastically smooth and deep with its flavour. Now the food menu on the other hand, is a delightful mix both sweet and savoury hearty but also healthy options. You can expect the likes of the most colourful bircher muesli, baked raspberry and ricotta hotcakes a killer southern fried chicken burger and eggs cooked to perfection every time.
Plain Sailing is where you go when you’re in the need for a good feed, but also without breaking your diet. Plain Sailing exemplifies the right way to make ‘healthy’ food, that does not compromise on the flavour nor the soul. These guys aim to bring only the most fresh and innovative meals, paired with consistently smooth coffee and great service.
As for the food offering, we recommend the brekkie board, which includes both savoury and sweet savoury options; it includes poached eggs, smashed peas, beetroot, pesto and feta on quinoa toast as well as wild muesli and berry yoghurt, berries, figs and OJ. This is seriously a jam packed meal.
Elwood Bathers is the ultimate by-the-beach spot, that is perfect for your next group function or leisurely beachside meal. With an uninterrupted view of the Port Phillip Bay, the stunning location is just calling for you to hold your next function; whether that’s a wedding, work party or Christmas party.
The restaurant has two main event spaces which are both made for any occasion. Of course, since these guys are by the beach, it would only be fitting that they have Fish and Chips on the menu. So, they do, and it’s a divine beer battered flathead fish with chips and tartare. The Black Angus beef burger is also a must-try, with Monterey Jack, pickles, onion marmalade, butter lettuce and aioli.
Combi stands out in many ways. One of the ways it stands out is its plethora of raw and organic superfood smoothies, super bowls, savoury dishes and naughty and nice baked goods. This place is heaven for health nuts. For smoothies, our fave pick is Liquid Passion; a passionfruit, berries, mango, coconut, raw fermented protein and house-made almond milk.
Upon getting this to your table your day will instantly be brightened just by the colour of this smoothie alone. Combi also offers their own blend of unique coffee, which uses the highest quality fair trade beans, that exemplify a medium to strong flavour with the perfect hint of sweetness. The coffee is ground in-house every Monday and is truly something of its own.
Zanini is an Italian pizza and pasta joint that even the most discerning of nonnas will approve of. From the wooden chairs to the red brick walls, Zanini instantly welcomes you into its establishment. Zanini has been making authentic Italian food since 2002, offering a wide selection of woodfired pizza and mains, including the delicious homemade pasta and risotto al dente.
Each dish is made with traditional tastes in mind, like the pizza that is consistently bubbly and fluffy crust every time. The pasta too is also fantastic. We really liked the Gnocci alla sorrentina, which is their homemade gnocci with buffalo mozzarella in a rich tomato sauce.
Little Sunflower Cafe
From its high ceilings to its light and bright decor, Little Sunflower Cafe is a little happy gem that we know you’ll love. These guys support artisan, organic, seasonal and handcrafted producers, we well as sustainable, free-range, ethical and nutrient dense produce.
Their focus is on creating the highest quality product that shows each ingredients natural flavours and textures. Little Sunflower Cafe offers all-day brekkie, lunch, including superfood smoothies, cold-pressed juices and even vegan burgers. We were blown away by the vegan burger will matcha bun, with tempeh and spicy mayo.
Mr Tuppy’s head chef Dan Watson has been cooking for over two decades. This man has taken his culinary genius all around the place, starting at Trawool Valley resort, then working his way up to Fargo and Spargos, then eventually finding his home at Mr Tuppy.
These guys offer a fantastic Croque Monsieur with ham, cheese, bechamel sauce on toast or croissant. The crispy avo dish is also one to look out for; this dish has avocado, taro chips, pickled cauliflower, edamame, beetroot puree, green chilli mayo and poached egg on buckwheat and chia toast. We’re salivating.
If you do find yourself in Elwood and you're looking for some great produce, stop by Felice's Place for some of the best meat in Melbourne.
Image credit: Jenna Fahey-White