Melbourne’s best restaurants and cafes have once again dished out so many delicious meals that putting together our monthly meal wrap-up was close to impossible but hey, we got through it and by “got”, we mean ate everything in sight. Ahh, you’ve gotta love research, huh?
Knifes, forks and bibs at the ready, Listers….your monthly meal inspo awaits!
Caramelised scallops, crispy pork belly, shaved fennel and blood orange dressing at Cecconi’s
Melbourne CBD restaurant Cecconi’s has a reputation for some of the best Italian in town and one bite of the caramelised scallops proves why! Served with crispy pork belly (cooked to PERFECTION), shaved fennel and blood orange dressing, this dreamy dish is beautifully presented and tastes even better (the orange provides just enough ‘tang’ to cut through the sweetness). Wash it down with a glass of vino for the ultimate fancy surf ‘n’ turf meal.
Gluten-free corn fritter with avocado, poached egg, lemon crème fraiche and salad at Barry
If you’re looking for clean eating cafes in Melbourne you really can’t go past Barry—this Northcote cafe is in a league of its own. Amongst all the delicious breakfast and lunch eats is the gluten free corn fritter—a large singular fritter topped with smashed avo, lemon crème fraiche, a touch of salad and a poached egg—deeelish! Whether you follow a gluten-free diet or not, this Melbourne breakfast needs to be on top of your must-try list.
12 hour roasted lamb shoulder with green olive salad and smoked eggplant at Radius Bar & Grill
Okay, so Radius Bar & Grill might not be in Melbourne (it’s actually in the picturesque town of Marysville), however the slow roasted lamb shoulder is so darn good we just had to include it in our favourite meals of the month! Meat doesn’t come much better than this; slow roasted for a good 12 hours, the lamb is so soft, so tendy and so juicy that it pretty much melts in your mouth. The green olive salad and smoked eggplant that are served alongside this meaty masterpiece are the perfect accompaniment. What are you waiting for? Get in your car and GO!
Variety of tomatoes, fresh curd and olive crumb at Highline Restaurant
By far the prettiest dish we tried this month, the tomato with fresh curd and olive crumb at Highline Restaurant at The Railway Windsor is also flippin’ delicious. Essentially it’s one big tomato that’s stuffed with curd and topped with a smaller tomato, before being placed atop the olive crumb. You’d better take your #foodporn pics quickly, because the minute this dish hits the table people will be clamouring to snatch it from under your nose.
Forest mushroom ragu at Temple Brewing Co.
While the Temple Brewing Co. kitchen serves up many mouth-watering meaty dishes, the vegetarian offerings on the new seasonal menu released earlier this month really blew us away. The ultimate winner is the forest mushroom ragu, and when these guys say “hand-foraged”, they really aren’t lying. The team’s chefs collect a variety of delicious wild, juicy mushrooms from the Dandenongs, which are seasoned, sautéed and served on fresh focaccia.
The piece de resistance? The whole dish is covered in cheese—cave-ripened (yes, aged in a cave) taleggio to be precise. The best vegetarian meal in Melbourne at the moment for lovers of rich, luxurious flavours. We’ll be eating this all winter, that’s for sure!
Seared hanger steak with celeriac and onion rings at Dr Morse
Abbotsford bar and eatery Dr Morse has really upped their game of late, with a dinner menu so good, you’ll likely find yourself ordering at least half of it. While there’s no shortage of innovative dishes—think King oyster mushrooms with buttered leeks and mussel escabeche with saffron sofrito and taro chips—it’s the good ol’ hanger steak that we went mad for. Served with salt baked celeriac and pickled onion rings, we reckon it’s definitely up there with the best steak in Melbourne.
Rocket and ricotta ravioli at Vapiano
It’s no secret we love pasta at The Urban List; we’ll take any and every opportunity to get our carb on. So picture our delight when we found ourselves in pasta heaven at CBD Italian restaurant Vapiano—these guys make pasta so fresh and tasty, you’d think Nonna* was the one making it. The best of the bunch? It’s gotta be the homemade rocket and ricotta ravioli! The filling is fresh and creamy, the butter sauce even creamier, and the fresh cherry tomatoes, rocket and pine nuts tossed through are the ultimate foodie complement. If you love your pasta, you need to try this!
*Please don’t tell her we said that!
Mejilla taco at Touché Hombre
When we heard that Touché Hombre were bringing back some of their greatest hits to the menu, we prayed to the guacamole gods that the Mejilla taco would be included. Our prayers were answered because earlier this month, the taco—filled with slow cooked pork cheek, habanero cream and BBQ corn salsa—reappeared like a phoenix from the ashes. HALLELUJAH! Seriously, the Mejilla taco alone proves why Touché Hombre is one of the finest Mexican restaurants Melbourne has yet to see.
Paleo brekkie bowl at Street Organics
Another one of our fave Melbourne healthy cafes, Street Organics is a must-try if you’re looking for clean eats, raw treats and food that is as good for you as it is delicious. Forget dealing with menu indecision at Street Organics, though, and just order the Paleo brekkie bowl—arguably one of the tastiest breakfasts in Melbourne’s suburbs. What’s so good about this, pray tell? Well, well, well, how do layers of banana, coconut yogurt, blueberries, chia seeds and nuts sound? Totally #foodworn worthy and totally delicious.
Provincial paella at Simply Spanish
Melbourne CBD, South Melbourne Market and Queen Vic Market
Rounding out our list of favourite meals of the month is Simply Spanish with their Provincial paella. Arguably the best paella in Melbourne’s CBD (you’ll also find Simply Spanish at the South Melbourne and Queen Vic markets), the Provincial stands out thanks to it’s mouth-watering combination of chorizo, chicken, calamari, mussels, herbs and spices. Our new favourite lunch in the CBD!
For more of our favourite meals from Melbourne’s best restaurants and cafes, simply search “Top 10 Meals” in the search bar. Happy feasting!
Image Credit: Highline Restaurant—Simon Shiff for The Urban List