Oh January, what a delicious month you’ve been so far! Although we’re only one month into 2015, we’ve already devoured enough lip-smackingly delicious eats and treats to last us a lifetime. But if you think that’s going to stop us eating our way around town, ha! Think again!
Before we continue our uber important foodie ‘research’ (cos we’ve gotta justify our food obsession somehow), we thought we’d take a moment to share our Top 10 meals from January. There are a couple of Melbourne’s best restaurants featured but also a few new kids on the block.
So drop what you’re doing, put on your stretchy pants and get stuck into these top dishes!
Via Milano Pizza at 1889 Cucina Povera
If you haven’t tried the pizzas from 1889 Cucina Povera yet, boy oh boy, you don’t know what you’re missing! The Via Milano, topped with San Marzano tomato, fior di latte, gorgonzola, pear and pine nuts, is a standout and easily makes a case for joining the list of Melbourne’s best pizzas. You’d be silly not to try it!
Braised Lamb Shoulder at Stokehouse City
Lamb, glorious lamb! The braised lamb shoulder from Stokehouse City is one of those melt-in-your-mouth type dishes – so tender, so flavoursome, so utterly delicious. Served with eggplant puree, blueberries, pickled shallots and cracked wheat, the lamb is one of those meals you need to devour ASAP.
Pork Ribs at Temple Brewing Co.
Our new favourite meat and beer mecca, Temple Brewing Co. serves up a mouth-watering pork rib that delivers killer flavour combos. Braised to perfection, it comes in a sweet soy dressing that’s offset by homemade sour plum jam and a giant piece of crackling. Pair it with a glass of their Scarlet Super beer for a lip-puckeringly good combo—you’d better be quick as we hear that they are on their last keg for the season!
The Green Cup Smoothie at Green Cup
Recently opening on bustling Chapel Street, new Melbourne smoothie bar Green Cup is our go-to for super healthy, super tasty drinks. It’s their namesake blend that we’re mad for though – The Green Cup is packed full of good for you ingredients (think banana, kale, spinach, stawberries, mesquite powder, coconut water and much, much more!) but more importantly, tastes even better!
KFC (Korean Fried Chicken) at Rice Queen
It’s no secret that we love fried chicken here at TUL and Rice Queen in Fitzroy is responsible for some of the best! Their Korean inspired fried chicken ribs are coated in seven tasty spices before being tossed with spring onion and whole chillies for an extra flavour kick. The best part? On Sundays, you can order 20 pieces of Korean fried chicken plus a bucket of Superbock mini lagers for only $36! Get. On. Board!
Betel Leaf Salad at Cookie
If it’s fresh, flavoursome food and a pumping vibe that you’re after, Cookie in the CBD will never fail you. While we’d happily eat anything from Cookie’s menu, it’s the betel leaf salad that takes the cake. Just picture it…betel leaves, caramelised pork, juicy prawns, pineapple and peanuts all mixed together to create one epic salad. God we love it!
Warm Nourishing A.M. Salad at Odd Spot Café
In our opinion, there ain’t no salad like a delicious breakfast salad! Odd Spot Café’s brekkie salad makes our Top 10 meals for the month thanks to its delicious combo of quinoa, roasted pumpkin, tomato, spinach, mushrooms, pesto, cashew cheese and asparagus (phew!). At only $14.50 (bacon and poached eggs are $2 extra each), this is great value for money too!
Maccheroncini Pasta at GG Restaurant
Masters of European inspired cuisine, GG Restaurant in East Melbourne is one of our fave spots for a relaxed lunch or dinner (served with a glass of red, of course!). We’re loving the maccheroncini pasta at the moment – a simple but oh-so-flavoursome combo of tomato, ricotta, basil and pine nuts. Yum! Oh and for those who aren’t friends with gluten, you’ll be pleased to hear this is gluten free!
De Pescado Tacos at Los Hermanos
You’ve got to be quick to snap up a seat one of the best Mexican restaurants in Melbourne, Los Hermanos, (the venue only takes bookings for parties of six or more), but the food is definitely worth the wait. This small, unassuming restaurant bar serves some of the city’s most amazing De Pescado (fish) tacos, refreshing margaritas, DIY guacamole with homemade chips, and a host of both local and imported hot sauce for the spice fiends. Go, go now!
Cheeseburger at The Shaw Davey Slum
This one caught the Urban List by surprise! The Shaw Davey Slum might look like a stock-standard student bar but its kitchen turns out one of the best bargain cheeseburgers we’ve had in a good few weeks. They have just opened their rooftop too—a great spot for sunny midweek dining.
Image Credit: Rice Queen by Nick West for The Urban List