Melbourne may no longer be the world's most liveable city, but it’s definitely still one of the top food destinations of the world. You already know this, just like we know this, because we are living it right now.
So, if you're feeling peckish, or just want to plan out what you're eating this weekend, read on. Here are 15 Melbourne dishes you should definitely have eaten by now.
Supernormal | New England Lobster Roll
What Supernormal's New England Lobster Roll lacks in size, it definitely makes up for in the punch of flavour.
Delicious fresh lobster, Kewpie mayo, all on a soft brioche bun--it is the perfect way to kick off your Supernormal feast, or finish it, however you want to play it.
Hector's Deli | Chicken Schnitty
If you travel down the back streets of Richmond you might happen upon an all-white building with a bunch of people milling around. That building, is the home of Hector's Deli.
You need to get in quickly every day because the Chicken Schnitty can sell out before midday on a hectic day. On it, you'll find a massive chicken schnitzel, tarragon butter, iceberg lettuce, and secret mayo all on a soft white bun.
CHE | Dulce de Leche Soft Serve
CHE comes from the same family as Pastuso and San Telmo, so there are some serious food chops at play here.
Usually, you're going to visit CHE for their amazing chicken or empanadas, but don't just stop at mains, go all the way to dessert and tear into the Dule de Leche Soft Serve. A bold call, but we think it's the best ice cream in Melbourne. It's just $5 a cone, and you can add macadamias or Malbec and blueberry jam for an extra $3.
Smithward | Rac 'n' Mac
The masters of raclette—Smithward—take it up a notch with their Rac 'n' Mac.
Every Thursday night (Rac 'n' Mac Night) you can dig into a bowl of baked macaroni cheese which is then topped with grilled Raclette which oozes over the whole dish. It's perfect. Here's a video of what it looks like.
Gorilla Grill | Chicken & Waffles
Chicken and waffles together on a plate is a sight to behold. But Gorilla Grill has gone one better and turned the delicious dish into a burger.
Perfectly crunchy fried chicken is placed between two round crispy waffles. Add in mayo, bacon, and cheese, and you've got yourself a burger that you're going to want to eat over and over again.
Sash Japanese | 'Honolulu' Tuna Pizza
Tataki is never the first thing you'd think of when ordering a pizza but you should seriously consider it.
Sash Japanese are doing weird and wonderful things with Japanese cuisine, and their 'Honolulu' Tuna Pizza is something you should try immediately. Topped with tuna tataki, confit apricot, pineapple, jalapeno, smoked Japanese BBQ, konbu toasted mixed nuts, and whipped cheese all on a thin crust base. It will change your perception of pizza.
Phat Chicks Fried Chicken | Mi Goreng Fried Chicken
There's only one way to improve on fried chicken, and that's the addition of Mi Goreng to the outer coating.
Phat Chicks in WeFo are dishing up some excellent fried chicken, and when it comes to what coats your chicken, the choice is yours. The Mi Goreng fried chicken is delightfully crunchy, and well worth a visit to this Barkly Street hot spot.
The Pie Shop | Bruce Pie
The meat pie is an Australian icon. At Brunswick East's The Pie Shop you'll find a delicious array of pies, but what we've got our sights set on is the Bruce Pie.
Spaghetti bolognese in a pie? Sure, we're game. And you should be too. Eating this mash-up of cuisines will take your culinary enthusiasm to a whole new level, no regrets had.
Sparrow's Philly Cheesesteaks | Regular Steak
St Kilda & Fitzroy
If you've been looking for legitimate Philly cheesesteaks in Melbourne, look no further, Sparrow's is definitely dishing up the goods.
A soft bun filled with grilled beef, cheese, and onions will set you back $12.50 at either of their stores. But there are eight more cheesesteak variations for you to choose from as well. Sparrow's also has a food truck that can be tracked down at markets all around Melbourne.
pōlepōle | Fried Chicken Ribs
You're probably heading to pōlepōle to order up something different like the smoked goat curry, creole snapper, or the game meat special, but don't you dare look past the Fried Chicken Ribs at the start of the menu.
Served with whipped honey, zhoug aioli, and smoked dukkah, these are the most moreish ribs you'll come across in Melbourne.
Transformer | Cumin Braised Eggplant
On the vegetarian side of things, it's hard to look past Transformer's Cumin Braised Eggplant which comes with chermoula, smoked labneh, quinoa crips, and mint.
We all need a little more eggplant in our lives.
Nuts About Tella | Nutella Burger
Nutella....burger. Yes. The worldwide phenomenon started right here in Melbourne.
Nuts About Tella can be found at La Trobe University in Bundoora, and it's well worth the trip. Pancake buns slathered in warm, oozing Nutella and all dusted with icing sugar. It's a dish your dentist wouldn't recommend, but we definitely do.
Dinner By Heston Blumenthal | Meat Fruit
Dinner By Heston is on the list of many Melburnians, but if you're worried about the cost, don't be, it's not as terrifying as you might think.
The Meat Fruit is famous the world over and can be found on their starters menu. Inspired by recipes from the 1500s, the Meat Fruit looks like a mandarin, but, as the name suggests, is actually meat. Filled with chicken liver parfait, and served with grilled bread, the Meat Fruit is a mind-bending dish you need to try as soon as possible.
South Melbourne Market Dim Sims | Dim Sim
An icon of Melbourne, the South Melbourne Market Dim Sim is the dim sim of dreams.
Big, meaty, with a hint of peppery kick, it's not unusual to be confronted with a massive line upon your visit to the South Melbourne Market. The business has been dishing out dim sims since 1949, so you know they're doing something right.
Lune Croissainterie | Croissant
Fitzroy & CBD
Lune Croissanterie's croissants have been named as the world's best, and if you've ever had one, you know that to be true.
Delicate, flaky, and delicious, Lune's croissants are salivated over by the locals and visitors who regularly snake around the corner waiting to get in. If you're serious about your pastry, book a spot at the Lune Lab, a bar that oversees the kitchen where you can watch over the whole Lune process. Book here.
Feel like burgers weren’t represented enough on this list? Well, here are Melbourne’s best burgers—that should keep you going.
Image credit: Jenna Fahey-White