In the words of the Vengaboys, we like to party! We like, we like to partyyyy. And by party, we mean eat our way through the menus at Melbourne’s best restaurants and cafes in order to bring you the tastiest, absolute must-try dishes each month. What can we say? We’re a hungry bunch.
March was another cracking month, with plenty of bangin’ breakfasts and damn fine dinners that had us singing from the rooftop. Want to know which meals made the cut? Without further ado, here are our favourite dishes from the past month…ready, set, get eating!
Bastourma Pizza at Mr Lawrence
We keep going on about the Turkish pizzas at Mr Lawrence, and for damn good reason—they are DELICIOUS! With peppers, egg, spinach and goats cheese served on a traditional Turkish dough base, the Bastourma is our pick of the bunch, and easily a contender for the best pizza in Melbourne crown. Best eaten with a side of cauliflower and pomegranate salad and a glass of Tempranillo.
Roast Cauliflower Mac ‘n’ Cheese Croquettes at The Gem Bar & Dining Hall
Collingwood pub, The Gem, instantly won us over the minute we popped one of the roast cauliflower mac ‘n’ cheese croquettes into our mouths. The little balls of deliciousness are served with huitlacoche, a corn-based Mexican side, and are completely and utterly addictive. Don’t say we didn’t warn you!
Breakfast Plate at The Joinery
If you haven’t stopped by The Joinery in Elwood for their Breakfast Plate, boy oh boy, you’re missing out on one of the best breakfasts in Melbourne’s bayside ‘burbs! Perfect for the indecisive customer, the Breakfast Plate offers a selection of The Joinery’s best dishes—boiled egg and vegemite and cheese soldiers, muesli and fruit, and pikelets.
Wagyu Rump and Cheek with Broccoli and Nasturtium at Saint Crispin
Oh Saint Crispin, how we love you and your epic deliciousness! This month we were obsessed with the Seven Creek wagyu rump, a rich, juicy and flavoursome main served alongside broccoli—our favourite veg!—and some purdy nasturtium. Tasting as good as it looked, this dish proves why Saint Crispin is one of Melbourne’s best restaurants!
Lankan Frenchy from Pavlov's Duck
With its unique Sri Lankan influenced menu and delicious healthy meals, Fitzroy clean eating café, Pavlov’s Duck, easily makes our list of Top 10 Meals for March! The Lankan Frenchy is a dish like no other—an organic croissant filled with a salad of coconut, chilli, lemon and parsley, and topped with a boiled egg. Another of our fave breakfasts in Melbourne.
Acai Bowl from Street Organics
Acai bowls in Melbourne don’t get much better than the one at Street Organics! Ideal for brekkie, lunch or a sweet treat throughout the day, the acai bowl at Street Organics, an organic café and grocery store on High Street in Malvern, is topped with bananas, blueberries, nuts, seeds and more. We could eat this for days!
Fig, Pear & Goat’s Cheese Salad from Smith Street Alimentari
A delicious salad that’s sweet and crisp, also featuring prosciutto, honey, balsamic and rocket, this Smith Street Alimentari dish is one for the more decadent salad aficionados. Perfect for enjoying with a glass of something chilled and white from the wine list in the Smith Street eatery’s outdoor courtyard.
Breakfast Greens at St Edmonds
Could the breakfast greens at St Edmonds be the best in Melbourne? We certainly think they’re up there, what with their incredible mix of raw broccoli, shredded kale, buckwheat kernels, pistachios and fresh chilli. Oh and did we mention the two perfectly poached eggs? Such nomness. You can also add pulled pork, which we highly recommend, for a brekkie dish with total #foodporn factor.
Blueberry & Cinnamon Paleo Granola at The Wooden Elk
Lovers of clean eating rejoice—The Wooden Elk in South Melbourne dishes up some of the best breakfasts in Melbourne for the gluten-free, dairy-free and sugar-free bunch. Whether you've adopted the paleo lifestyle or not, you'll love the blueberry and cinnamon paleo granola, which comes served with coconut yogurt, almond milk and fruit—we couldn't get enough!
Fried Corn Polenta with Mushrooms and Grilled Corn at Green Park
Last but not least, the fried corn polenta with wild mushrooms, grilled corn, coriander salsa and rocket from Green Park needs to be on your must-try list! The Carlton North cafe hits it out of the ball park with this breakfast dish, which we loved because of its perfect balance of flavours—equal parts salty, sweet and tangy. One bite of the fried corn polenta and you'll wonder why you ever bothered with regular corn fritters; the fried corn polenta at Green Park is SO much better!
Keen on more eating inspo? We don't blame you! Just type in Top 10 Meals in the search bar and then click on 'The A List' tab to find out what other dishes we're loving.
Image Credit: Pavlov's Duck—Michelle Jarni for The Urban List