It appears that Melbournians have a slight obsession with this Italian restaurant staple appetizer, and we’re thrilled it’s finally getting the credit it deserves. When we let the news slip earlier this month that there is going to be a Garlic Bread Appreciation Conference in 2016, it was met with welcome arms and salivating taste buds. Whether you like it traditional or cheesy, as a side dish or a late night snack, here is where you can find Melbourne’s best garlic bread.
Simple Italian food done well is the aim of the game at Rococo, with antipasti plates and pizzas made for sharing. Their bread by the basket means that you can get a half or a full serve of their fresh herb and garlic bread, and you can add mozzarella to the mix for a cheap and cheerful 50 cents. Grab some friends, get the full basket, and for goodness sakes, get the mozzarella on top.
The Waiters Club
If you’re after some quick, no frills but tried and true pasta dishes in Melbourne, The Waiters Club has you sorted. The garlic bread, or herb bread if you’re considering smooching your dinner partner, is toasted to perfection and it would be all too easy to fill up on this appetizer before dinner. This is one of Melbourne’s best Italian restaurants and a hidden gem; the serves are generous and the vibe is unpretentious, just make sure you come hungry.
Ever has German style garlic bread before? Well hold on to your hats, because it’s time to try Langosch; a homemade (hausmade) freshly baked and fried garlic bread, sprinkled with sea salt. Bavarian food is notorious (in a good way) for being very filling, and also for being best friends with beer, so grab a stein and thank us later.
We love Pizza Farro not only for their delicious homemade pizza and organic spelt pasta, but because everything on the menu can be made gluten free, so nobody has to miss out. This thankfully includes their garlic bread, smothered in extra virgin olive oil, sea salt, garlic and rosemary for some extra herby goodness. They also do a herb bread with sea salt, cracked pepper and oregano if you want a flavour hit without the bad-breath paranoia.
Showcasing the food of Naples, the home of wood-fired pizza, 400 Gradi know what they’re doing when it comes to traditional pizze, and are undoubtedly one of the best Italian restaurants in Melbourne. There are a few options here for garlic lovers, including Focaccia All’aglio (Garlic Focaccia) and Focaccia Alle erbe (Foccacia with oil, oregano and rosemary) for traditional options. For something with a little more oomph, try the Marinara pizza, with San Marzano tomato, garlic and oregano.
If you want that garlic bread hit but don’t feel like Italian food for the 50th night in a row, we recommend deviating to garlic naan for similar flavours, different format. Horn Please isn’t your average, every-curry-under-the-sun affair; they have a specially crafted street food and curry menu that is fresh and made with a lot of love. Their garlic and chive naan is the perfect example of this; pair it with their blue grenadier fish curry and you’ve got it made in the shade. While we highly recommend dining in due to their beautiful artwork adorning the walls and lovely staff, they also do takeaway if you want to enjoy your garlic naan from the comfort of your couch.
This inner city pizza mecca is an absolute must for those looking to live la dolce vita. +39 Pizzeria is one of the best Italian restaurants dishing up pizza in Melbourne, but before you dive headfirst into their award winning pizza, check out their delectable antipasti list and start off with some Focaccia Semplice. This true Italian garlic bread is smothered in garlic oil, sea salt and rosemary, and is best enjoyed with their cured meats. Add some prosciutto di Parma to your garlic bread order to fully enjoy a mix of Italian and locally sourced ingredients.
Specialising in Victorian micro-brewed beers and the art of ‘Parmology’, Mrs. Parmas is where you go for a feast on your favourite pub fare. Nab yourself a serving of Mrs P’s cheesy garlic and herb bread and wash it down with a Cockies Ocean Road Pale Ale for good measure. Stay for any one of their awesome parmas, if you haven’t eaten your weight in garlic bread already, and embrace the inevitable food coma.
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