The ultimate foodgasmic combination, tossing pasta in a mountain of cheese and cheese sauce was never going to end badly. The dish credited for bringing countless food babies into the world, it’s time to graduate from your childhood instant mac and cheese. Here are all the places you need to visit for the best mac and cheese in Melbourne.
Belle’s Hot Chicken
Fitzroy, Windsor, Cremorne
The chicken crusade that travelled interstate this year, Belle’s Hot Chicken is Melbourne’s crowning glory. Along with Really F**kin Hot wings (quote unquote), if you visit one of their three Victorian branches and they happen to be serving the special mac & cheese side, do your tastebuds a favour and order a serve. Lathered in thick, creamy love and dusted with mild spices, it very nearly gives the main attraction a chicken run for its money.
Smith & Daughters
Meat-free venue Smith & Daughters doesn’t skimp on flavour. Hot, smoky and downright addictive, the Jalapeño Mac is mac and cheese with a Mexican twist of chargrilled jalapeño and corn. Laden with vegan-friendly cheese, pasta and spices, Smith & Daughters proves vegan doesn’t mean boring.
Luxury mac and cheese at Meatmaiden includes the addition of meltingly soft lobster. This skillet of cheesy heaven hits the table bubbly, browned and smells like grilled joy.
Rockpool Bar & Grill
Meat is clearly the attraction at Rockpool Bar and Grill, but the pork-y mac and cheese comes in at a close second. Stirred with generous cuts of smoky bacon, tangy Dijon mustard and the best quality cheese, it’s the must-order side dish for any Rockpool feast.
Sookie La La
The ultimate hangover cure, when we heard that Sookie La La was serving mac and cheese for breakfast, we knew we had found our food mate. Doused with fresh spices and unashamedly coated in stringy, gooey cheese, skip the cold pizza and head to Northcote for breakfast instead.
It hits the table unnaturally yellow and garnished with crushed pretzels. Just like your favourite childhood packet of mac ‘n cheese, Easey’s is salty, rich and perfect.
Milk the Cow
St Kilda, Carlton
The humble mac and cheese gets a well-deserved makeover with our favourite artisan cheesemongers! The De Lasanis is served with Gruyere Vieux, Marcel Petit Comte cheeses, Perigold truffle oil and Courvoisier VS cognac. It will invade your foodie dreams.
Grand Trailer Park
We couldn’t leave these famed mac & cheese croquettes off the list! Order it and enjoy on its lonesome, or go large with the Francis Underwood burger featuring a beef patty, American cheddar cheese, tomato, butter lettuce, special burger sauce, mustard and of course, a mac & cheese croquette.
People are stacking trying to get into Royal Stacks. One of Melbourne’s hottest new openings, The King burger comes with a royal crown of mac & cheese. Handmade and served crispy, you’ll want to order extra on the side.
Mac and cheese. Jaffles. That’s all.
The Gasometer Hotel
Served with tangy lime aioli, gobble up these cheesy croquette bombs while you watch the footy at The Gasometer Hotel.
Two wrongs are so right at this South Yarra bar. Truffled mac and cheese is mixed with popcorn, spicy jalapeños and generously topped with chives to make the perfect starter.
Delightfully adding crayfish to their perfectly balanced mac and cheese, Dutchess in the CBD serves this creamy dreamy dish along with a refined, upmarket menu.
Belleville’s lobster bombs are not a hyperbole. Dip these piping hot, crisp mac ‘n cheese croquettes in kick-ass Japanese mustard and bacon jam to create a flavour bomb you won’t quickly forget.
Three cheese + jalapeños + bacon = one of the best mac and cheese dishes in the state at Longhorn Saloon. And we’ve tasted a lot of mac and cheese, trust us.
The Beaufort and Ike’s
The truffled mac ‘n cheese at The Beaufort and Ike’s is anything but humble. Made with grated, rich Gruyère cheese and topped with a heaping of crushed cheezel crumble, for once your stomach might be screaming for no more.
The Gem Bar
Smoky, cheesy, luscious mac and cheese awaits at The Gem Bar. Topped with a bacon crumb (BACON CRUMB), this is the only cheesus you need in your life.
Up In Smoke
From jalapeño, bacon and cheese stuffed potato skins to bubbly, creamy mac and cheese and smoked mozzarella sticks, Up In Smoke has sent its competitors up in smoke.
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