There are days when an acai bowl and smashed av' just aren't going to cut it. Those are usually the days when Melbourne decides to import its wind from Antarctica and the Zoo's polar bears suddenly need to wear knitted cardigans. Yep, winter is in the air. So we tracked down the best winter warmer dishes. The ramens and laksas, gnocchi and BBQ, that will stick to your ribs and heat you up from the inside out.
Here's where to get the best winter food in Melbourne.
Eat’aliano by Pino
Everyone knows how well a slow-cooked dish sits in your belly. Especially when Melbournians are shivering through sub-15-degrees. This slow-cooked Lamb Ragu from Eat’aliano by Pino is a melt in your mouth experience. A definite must for belly warming.
If you’re liking the idea of lamb ragu, then listen up, because we have more. The gnocchi at Vaporetto is the perfect blend of fluffy potato and slow cooked lamb shoulder ragu. Finished with some leeks, cloves and truffled pecorino—you’ll be drooling for more.
48 Hour Pizzeria and Gnoccheria
Speaking of gnocchi, 48 Hour Pizzeria and Gnoccheria have an amazing selection. Get your hands on their Alle Fave gnocchi filled with broad bean puree, oyster mushrooms, salty ricotta and organics shallots. Warming up yet?
Thanks Japan for bringing us a noodly bowl of warmth. Yoku Ono in Prahran is supplying the inner burbs with some quality heat. Their ramen is to die for. After soaking in an 8-hour, slow-cooked chicken broth, it’s kind of expected.
Little Ramen Bar
Little Ramen Bar is also doing some great things when it comes to porky noodle broth. With some of the best ramen in Melbourne, these soup noodles will help keep out the winter chill.
Gem Bar and Dining
It may not be your mum’s traditional Sunday roast, but it’s a pretty trendy take on it. The Gem Bar and Dining are bringing vego’s the tastiness of a Sunday Roast without the lamb. Think hearty dishes like smoked beets with charred pecans, buttermilk and curds. If you happen to be a mainstream carnivore, then they have a little something for you too. Their Kentucky black lamb shoulder and Kansas pork ribs are the perfect option on a cold day #americantakeover.
Although half of the Australian population can’t pronounce it, no one cares because it tastes too damn good. Mama Buoi’s pho is the definition of a hearty, warm dish. The true tastes of Vietnam are embedded into their selection of Pho’s at both their CBD and Chadstone locations.
Love Pho in Richmond is also pumping out some of the best Vietnamese broth in the city. The soup is hearty and well balanced, and there’s a variety of chicken, beef and pork options on the menu. Do yourself a favour and go get one.
Winter calls for anything in a deep bowl, and of course Laksa is no exception. Canton Malay serves up a mouth-watering bowl of Red Curry Laska. Hidden amongst the back corners of the Queen Vic market food court, it’s worth the push and shoves to get this steamy hot bowl in your hands.
Sarawak Kitchen is also serving up some hot hot hot Laksa. Served with rice vermicelli, strips of egg, fish cake, chicken and prawns, this is a cold soccer mum’s dreams.
Warm coconut milk blended through a superb curry is the key to getting through winter. And we know where to get it: Mukka. Serving up authentic Indian cuisine, Mukka have a delish array of curries, but we recommend going shameless and ordering the Butter Chicken.
Chef’s Tandoor also has a boss Lamb Vindaloo cooked in hot chilli spices that’ll keep the winter blues away. Pair it up with a vegetable korma and some naan and go nuts.
Arbory Bar and Eatery
Everybody loves a cocktail, even in winter. Arbory Bar and Eatery has gone and made a spiked cheery hot chocolate that’ll keep the Yarra wind at bay. It’s made from Herring Cheery liqueur, Cariel Vanilla Vodka, Koko Deluxe chocolate and steamed milk.
The Quiet Man Irish Pub
If you’re keen on a traditional hot toddie, then the Quiet Man Irish pub is your spot. Whisky, hot water and sugar all in a warmed glass. That’s what we’re talking about.
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