Whether you’re looking for a catch up with mates or a date night with your love, we’re seriously spoilt for choice when it comes to epic dining spots in Melbourne. So if you’re struggling to narrow it down, there’s truly no one better to ask than our incredibly talented chefs.
This week, we’re chatting with Chef Jessi Singh from brand new ‘unauthentic’ Indian restaurant Daughter In Law to find out where he gets his fill of delicious eats in Melbourne. Let's dive in.
Outside of Daughter In Law, what's the first restaurant you'd recommend in Melbourne?
D.O.C in Carlton. Authentic Italian with fresh ingredients and a great vibe—you can't go wrong!
D.O.C has the best lasagna in town—it's a delicious dish that hits the spot every time.
Any other restaurants you love to hit up?
There's quite a few. HuTong Dumpling Bar on Market Lane has delicious spicy steamed fish and spicy wontons. I love 400 Gradi in Brunswick - the Margarita pizza really is unbeatable. Mitte Cafe in Fitzroy North for its vegetarian grilled sandwich. I go to Malaymas in Fitzroy North for the best seafood laksa and more recently, I've been going to the newly opened Bar Margaux for a great late-night burger.
What's Your Go-To Melbourne bar?
It's hard to pick one—a longtime favourite is the Bomba Rooftop Bar on Lonsdale Street. Also, Black Pearl on Brunswick St and Eau de Vie in the CBD are classics, both with great cocktail lists. Recently, Bar Margaux and Di Stasio Citta have been new favourites and I would definitely recommend them to anyone who hasn't visited yet.
What's Your Drink Of Choice?
A classic Negroni is usually my go-to but every now and then I enjoy having a Jungle Bird, which is a classic tiki cocktail made up of Jamaican rum, Campari, lime juice, pineapple juice. I also really like Micheladas which are spicy cocktails, similar to a Canadian Caesar or Bloody Mary but are made with Mexican beer, Clamato juice and habanero pepper sauce. You also can't go wrong with a glass of great orange wine!
Where's Your Favourite Brunch Spot?
Melbourne does brunch so well so it's hard to choose one but Babajan Eatery and Park St. in Carlton North and Dench Baker in Fitzroy North are my top picks. I also love going to the hot food section in MKS Spices'n Things, which is a Sri Lankan grocery store in Preston.
What's Your Go-To Brunch Order?
The masala dosa from Saravanaa Bhavan in the CBD—it's a fermented crepe made from rice batter and black lentils and traditionally stuffed with lightly cooked potatoes, fried onions and spices. Saravanaa Bhavan has a few different filling options that make for a nice savoury breakfast option that's a little different from the rest.
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