Southern and Spiced – Melbourne’s Best Southeast Asian Restaurants

If you’re itching for a taste of the varied and bright flavors of Southeast Asia, never fear: you have plenty of opportunities to do so in Australia! Glutton Guides Melbourne has anticipated your needs and has compiled a list of Melbourne’s best Southeast Asian restaurants! How kind, how thoughtful. 

Gingerboy – Southeast Asian 

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Teage Ezard is a top chef who has restaurants in Melbourne, but has also worked in Asia. Here, he created a more casual experience featuring Southeast Asian style street food in a buzzing, market-like environment.

Uncle – Vietnamese 

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This is refined Vietnamese food in very funky surroundings. Head upstairs for one of the most beautiful dining spaces around. 

Jinda Thai – Thai 


Could this be the best budget Thai restaurant in Melbourne? It’s super popular – please book ahead. It’s best not to drive your own car – parking is non-existent.

Quan 88 – Vietnamese-Chinese


Victoria Street is known to many people as Little Vietnam, and Quan 88 is Vietnamese-Chinese. It’s not fancy – but its great value and is the true spirit of Victoria Street before the fancy cafes and bars moved in.

Chin Chin – Southeast Asian

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Get your party on with these loud, raucous and in-your-face flavors of Southeast Asia. Since opening in 2011 (and renovating in 2016), it remains one of Melbourne’s favorites. The wine list is Australian only, but watch out – their no reservations policy can mean long queues. You can always wait at the custom built ‘waiting bar’ Go-Go, just around the corner.

Laksa Bar – Malaysian 

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These bowls of coconut-based curry laska are bursting with flavor. A bustling and energetic place full of city workers during the lunch rush, Laksa Bar serves tasty, inexpensive dishes that will fill you up for the rest of the day.

Pho Nom – Vietnamese 

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Want the best Vietnamese food outside of Vietnam? People will tell you to go to Footscray or Richmond, but they are missing out on Jerry Mai’s exceptional offering. Jerry and her brother David have done fine dining over the years and have now elected to serve good honest pho (noodle soup), banh mi (baguette sandwiches) and nem (rice paper rolls) in a cafeteria. Everything is ethically sourced and under AUD 15. It’s not glamorous, but the food is excellent.

After all those bright, warm flavors, some dessert is probably in order. Whether a nice cafe or some delicious ice cream floats your boat, check out Glutton Guide Melbourne for some recommendations.

Glutton Guide Melbourne New Edition – Top Five New Listings!

We just updated Glutton Guide Melbourne for the 2017-2018 edition, and here’s five of our top listings we added. Download your copy of Glutton Guide Melbourne here. Don’t forget to send us your original proof of purchase if you would like an upgraded copy. 

Bad Frankie 

This bar specializes in Made-in-Oz craft spirits. In fact, that’s all they stock. Australia is producing small, interesting and world class alcohol so either order them classic or try one of Bad Frankie’s cocktails. If you’re hungry, they’ll make you a toasted sandwich, or as we call them in Oz – a jaffe.

141 Greeves St, Fitzroy. Tram: 86 (Stop 18) Hours: Sun, Tues-Wed 3pm-11pm, Thurs-Sat 3pm-1am. Tel: +61 3 9078 3866. Web: www.badfrankie.com

Matcha Mylkbar

Wellness cafes are very fashionable right now. This place is vegan – but don’t let that stop you enjoying their “eggs” on toast. Also, they are big on alternative coffees. Try the golden turmeric or mushroom lattes – created with alternative mylks like cashew and coconut.

72 Acland St, St Kilda. Tram: 86 (Luna Park stop). Hours: 7.30am- 4pm. Tel: +61 4 1099 6494. Web: www.matchamylkbar.com

Minamishima

This is one of the top dining experiences in Melbourne. Chef Koichi Minamishima is a Japanese sushi master who has lived and worked in Melbourne for many years. When you book, make sure you request to sit at the bar in front of Minamishima-San, and you’ll have a feast for both the eyes and the stomach.

4 Lord St, Richmond. Hours: Tues-Sat 6pm-10pm. Tram: 75 or 48 (Stop 19). Hours: Tel: +61 3 9429 5180. Web: www.minamishima.com.au

Pontoon

This is the only casual place in St Kilda with that magic combination of good food and ocean views (pictured above). Formerly ‘The Stokehouse Cafe’, this spot was synonymous with St Kilda beach dining since the 1920s, but burnt to the ground in 2014. The owners took two years to redesign and rebuild at a cost of over AUD 13 million. The menu is all about grilled meats, fresh salads and wood- red pizza. And they serve the drink of summer – frosé (rosé wine frozen into a slushie/slurpy).

30 Jacka Blvd, St Kilda. Tram: 86 (Luna Park stop + 5 mins walk). Hours: Mon-Sun noon-midnight. Tel: +61 3 9525 5445. Web: www.pontoonstkildabeach.com.au 

Tulum 

Frustrated with Turkish cuisine only represented by kebabs, Chef Coskun Uysal decided to show Melbourne something else about the food of his homeland. Tulum is a modern and delicious take on traditional avor, and if you’re lucky he’ll serve you personally.

217 Carlisle St, Balaclava. Train: Sandringham line (Balaclava station). Hours: Tues-Sun 4-11pm. Tel: +61 3 9525 9127. Web: www.tulumrestaurant.com.au

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The New Edition of Glutton Guide Melbourne is Out Now!

Melbourne, June 2017 – Glutton Guide Melbourne: The Hungry Traveler’s Guidebook is on a mission to help tourists eat like locals. Are you searching out the best avocado toast in town? Want to try a ‘roo burger? Looking for the best laneway bar? Or do you just need some advice about the top wine tours to Yarra Valley? Glutton Guide Melbourne has you covered.

The second edition of Glutton Guide Melbourne includes brand new sections on the best places to eat and drink in St Kilda and Richmond (we’re looking at you, Minamishima). The new edition also dives deeper into day and weekend trips around the region. This section includes wineries, gin distilleries, dairy farms and some of the best restaurants in the country. This edition keeps the best parts of Glutton Guide, offering a curated collection of dining experiences by one of the city’s foremost foodie experts.

About the Author

The author of Glutton Guide Melbourne is Monique Bayer. A Melbourne native and the owner of Walk Melbourne, she is also the author of Devouring Melbourne. Monique knows how much research is necessary to create a delicious meal-based itinerary, and she believes there is nothing worse than a mouthful wasted on mediocre guidebook recommendations when exploring a new country.

“Designed by a Melbourne foodie for foodies, Glutton Guide is all you’ll need to plan a memorable meal-based trip. The book highlights the city’s most delicious foods,” Monique says. “Glutton Guide is more than just a book of listings. It is an overview of the best food experiences in Melbourne and her surrounds. Most noteworthy are the respected coffee roasters the city is famous for. Get off the tourist trail and eat the best dishes, shoulder to shoulder with local diners.”

By concentrating just on the F&B offerings of a city, Glutton Guide Melbourne’s focus is narrower than broad-strokes guidebooks. As a result, Glutton Guide picks up where these books fall short by using locally-based author-eaters, like Monique, who know the city’s dining scene inside and out. Unlike travel writers who come and go, these locals bring their knowledge of the city to each edition. Moreover, the authors update the books regularly as the dining scene evolves.

Glutton Guide Melbourne is available for download from our website.

How to Celebrate Chinese New Year in Melbourne in 2017

Melbourne has near a quarter million Chinese people living in it. That means awesome Chinese food and great Spring Festival celebrations. Here’s our picks for how to best celebrate Chinese New Year in Melbourne in 2017.

Queen Victoria Market

Jan 28 at 2pm: Chinese New Year Melbourne Festival ambassador Elizabeth Chong hosts a free cooking demonstration. Also, local martial arts troupes, musicians and dancers will stage performances throughout the day. 

Jan 28 at 10pm: Pickett’s Deli and Rotisserie will be celebrating CNY with a three-course banquet featuring succulent suckling pig and rice cakes (an important auspicious dish in Chinese culture).

Feb 1 from 5pm-10pm: Expect fireworks, lion dances and more cultural activities at the Summer Night Market at Queen Victoria Market. 

Feb 11-12 from 12pm: Lantern Festival kicks off with traditional Asian food stalls and family activities. 

Yarra Valley

Jan 27 – Feb 12: Everyone who visits Eureka Skydeck 88 during Chinese New Year receives a red envelope (hongbao) for a chance to win prizes. Find your good fortune on lucky level 88 – the highest viewing platform in the Southern Hemisphere.

Jan 28 at 10am5pm: The Federation of Chinese Association (FCA) will host a variety of family friendly Chinese New Year activities at Federation Square. Events include music, performances, and handicrafts.

Feb 8 at 6:30pm: Eureka 89 will host an Asian fusion dinner to celebrate Chinese New Year in Melbourne. 

Docklands

Jan 27 – Feb 12: 

Celebrate with weekend events along Harbour Esplanade with Asian cuisine from The Food Truck Park from 12pm. Drinks go on until late as the sun sets over the water. Finally, enjoy traditional Chinese handicrafts and entertainment in a perfect waterside setting.

For Chinese New Year, the year of the Golden Fire Rooster, the Melbourne Star is offering 2-for-1 tickets. In order to get the discount, mention ‘Rooster 2017’ at the Melbourne Star ticketing booth to access this great offer. And don’t forget to collect your red envelope with amazing offers and deals. Visit at night to see the amazing Melbourne Star Chinese New Year inspired LED light show.

Russell Square

Jan 29 at 11am-9pm: Hawker stalls and produce stores serve traditional Chinese New Year treats on Russell Street. 

Queensbridge Square

Jan 28 10am-9pm: Enjoy free activities, entertainment on the big stage and cooking demonstrations by Elizabeth Chong and Lee Chan. In addition, the Food Truck Park will be serving up Asian cuisine throughout the day and into the night. In addition, the Cultural Kaleidoscope includes a series of Chinese cultural activities in the main Queensbridge Square area. 

To learn more about where to eat in Melbourne, download Glutton Guide Melbourne

 

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What is Glutton Guide Melbourne?Melbourne Must-Eat Restaurants
The guidebook written by foodies for foodies, Glutton Guide is all you’ll need to plan a delicious meal-based trip in Melbourne. Don’t waste another meal or valuable stomach space eating at places you stumble upon – the city’s newest guidebook gives you all the tools to navigate the city’s diverse food scene.

Melbourne’s diverse food scene is rapidly evolving. Glutton Guide Melbourne includes everything you need to plan a food-focused trip, whether it’s for one week, a business trip, or longer. With Glutton Guide Melbourne, you’ll drink fresh-roasted coffee in the hippest cafes, get tipsy at the newest bars in the city’s famed laneways and explore the city’s best markets.

Dine with confidence knowing that our local foodie writer vets each location and only includes the very best. We don’t depend on outdated listings or crowdsourced reviews, and neither should you. All you have to worry about is working up an appetite!

About the Author: Monique Bayer owns Walk Melbourne Tours. She shares Melbourne’s stories while sharing food. Her walking tours focus on the things that locals love – coffee, dumplings, rooftop bars and the city’s laneways and arcades. She loves exploring her hometown with visitors and uncovering its treasures for them. She says, “If you haven’t seen Melbourne on foot, you missed the best bits”. Monique’s first book ‘Devouring Melbourne: Uncovering a Delicious City’ contains six self-guided food and drink themed walking tours of Mel- bourne with stories of the people and places you’ll meet along the way. She is the winner of the 2014 Victorian Tourism Award for Youth Achievement.

About Glutton Guides: Don’t read these guidebooks on an empty stomach! Glutton Guides is stepping out as the first and only global, locally written guidebook series to focus solely on the dining scene of its destinations. Each e-guidebook in the Glutton Guides series is written by culinary experts based locally in each target city they – there’s no crowdsourced information in the well-curated content. Glutton Guide writers condense the city’s dining scene into one easily digestible resource that is regularly updated so readers don’t have to worry about outdated listings. Coming soon are, Prague, Buenos Aires & Beijing!

Melbourne’s Best Al Fresco Drinking

There’s nothing more Melbournian than finding a bar down a laneway or climbing through a little door up to a rooftop. They differ in size, price, the crowd they attract – and some even have historical significance, a novelty theme or a killer view. Climb on up to the rooftop for the ultimate Melbourne al fresco drinking experience.

Bomba Rooftop

This is some of the best Spanish food in Melbourne. It’s modeled on a Spanish workers’ club, and the owners travel to Spain to meet the people that catch the anchovies, cure the ham and ferment the grapes – all served al fresco on top of the bar’s downtown rooftop. It really doesn’t get any better..

103 Lonsdale St, Melbourne. Train: Any train line to Parliament station (Lonsdale Street exit) + 5min walk. Hours: Mon-Fri noon-1am, Sat-Sun 3pm-1am. Tel: +61 3 9077 0451. Web: bombabar.com.au.

Madame Brussels

A lot of fun, this bar is themed as an English croquet club with fake grass and wrought iron furniture inside and a huge 19th century style al fresco terrace outside. The menu tells the story of its namesake, a 19th century madam in Melbourne who had most of the politicians in her pocket as customers. Order drinks by the jug – they all have cheeky names such as a Pimm’s cocktail called ‘Madame’s DD Cup’.

Level 3, 59-63 Bourke St, Melbourne. Tram: 86 or 96 (Stop 9). Train: Any line to Parliament train station (Bourke St exit). Hours: 12pm-1am. Tel: +61 3 9662 2775. Web: madamebrussels.com.

Naked for Satan

 

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Vodka and pinxtos somehow come together in this moody bar overlooking the Melbourne skyline. The tapas here go for as little as $1, and is the perfect pairing for a nice al fresco night of drinking on the town.

285 Brunswick St, Fitzroy VIC 3065.Tram: Tram 11 down Brunswick Street. Stop 16 at Johnston Street. Hours: Mon-Thu 12pm-12am; Fri-Sat 12pm-1am; Sun 12pm-12am. Tel:+61 3 9416 2238. Web: nakedforsatan.com.au.

Riverland

For an iconic night out drinking, look no further than Riverland, the original waterfront icon in Melbourne. Right on the banks of the Yarra River, Riverland provides a great venue to relax and enjoy a simple meal and beer al fresco. The warm atmosphere on the water provides a comforting place to enjoy a nice night.

Vaults 1-9 Federation Wharf, Federation Square, Melbourne. Tram: Flinders Street Station and trams 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 16, 64, 67 & 72. Hours: 8am-1am. Tel: +61 3 9662 1771. Web: riverlandbar.com.

Ponyfish Island

 

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This little oasis under the bridge welcomes explorers who are looking to spend their night doing something different. Only accessible from one stairwell, this floating bar offers simple food paired with great cocktails. Come for the quirky vibe and stay for the amazing views of Melbourne.

Kiosk Southbank Pedestrian Bridge Southbank. Hours: 11am-late. Web: ponyfish.com.au.

Need more dining recommendations in Melbourne? Download Glutton Guide Melbourne: The Hungry Traveler’s Guidebook, or check out our blogs on the city’s best laneway restaurants and bars or our round-up of Melbourne’s best outdoor dining for more al fresco recommendations.

Melbourne’s Best Al Fresco Dining

When the sun comes out in Melbourne, there’s no better thing than to relax and eat outside. Check out these 4 places that provide a great Melbourne al fresco restaurant experience!

Fatto

Come for the traditional Italian food, stay for the terrific views of Melbourne’s Yarra River. Or opt for dinner and a show– Melbourne’s Art Center is right next door!

100 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne. Tel: +61 3 8698 8800. Hours: moon-late. Web: fatto.com.au.

Ombra

 

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Part of the Grossi family stable of restaurants, these guys are dedicated to the Italian arts of preserving and hospitality. They produce their own salumi (Italian cured meats, which is much broader than just salami), pickles, pizza and wine. Opt for al fresco seating for the perfect night out in Melbourne when the weather is nice.

76 Bourke St, Melbourne. Tram: 86 or 96 (Stop 9). Train: Any line to Parliament train station (Bourke St exit). Tel: +61 3 9639 1927. Hours: 11.30am-late. Web: ombrabar.com.au

Rice Paper Scissors

With a motto like “use your hands”, this restaurant is anything but ordinary. Inspired by the hawker dining bars in Southeast Asia, this Asian fusion restaurant combines great dishes with fresh ingredients – and keeps that authentic al fresco seating by the street.

19 Liverpool Street, Melbourne. Tel: +61 3 9486 0066. Hours:12pm-3pm; 6pm-12am  Web: ricepaperscissors.com.au

The Kettle Black

 

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Their unusual take on bacon & eggs includes chili scrambled eggs with air-dried wallaby, which is a little like prosciutto when served this way. Eat it outside at the communal tables in front of the impressive facade – yassss Melbourne FTW!

50 Albert St, South Melbourne. Tram: 3, 6, 8, 16, 67, 72 (Domain Interchange stop). Hours: Mon-Fri 7am-4pm, Sat-Sun 8am-4pm. Tel: +61 3 9088 0721. Web: thekettleblack.com.au.

Need more dining recommendations in Melbourne? Download Glutton Guide Melbourne: The Hungry Traveler’s Guidebook, or check out our blogs on the city’s best laneway restaurants and bars for more al fresco recommendations!

 

Melbourne’s Best Laneway Bars

We’ve already spilled the beans on the best places to eat in the Melbourne’s laneways, but there’s plenty more on tap if you’re heading off the main thoroughfares. Some of the city’s best bars are hidden back here, so get back to those laneways and get drinking at the best bars in Melbourne!

Curtin House

This 1922 building has a colorful history, but was ‘developed’ in 2003 into what it is today. It’s full of venues, making it Melbourne’s vertical laneway. First floor is Cookie – a Thai restaurant and beer bar with many taps. Second floor is The Toff in Town, a live music venue and wine bar where you can sit in old style train carriages. The third floor hosts a changing range of quirky retail stores. The fourth and fifth floors have a Kung Fu academy, small offices and apartments and then a Mexican restaurant, Mesa Verde, on level 6. The most popular place is the rooftop, which hosts a bar that is open every day of the year with a fabulous view, a burger shack and al fresco cinema during the summer months.

248-256 Swanston St. Tram: Any tram along Swanston St (Bourke St stop). Hours: Mon-Sun noon-midnight. All venues have different opening hours and phone numbers. Web: Cookie: cookie.net.au, The Toff in Town: thetoffintown.com, Mesa Verde: mesaverde.net.au, Rooftop Bar: rooftopcinema.com.au (only takes bookings for the cinema).

Meyers Place

 

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A small unpretentious bar, Meyers Place is both located in and named after a great eating and drinking laneway in Melbourne’s city center. It stays open late, which is lucky because one can easily while away a few rounds here.

20 Meyers Place, Melbourne. Tram: 86 or 96 (Stop 9). Train: Any line to Parliament train station (Bourke St exit). Tel: +61 3 9650 8609. Hours: Open late -check web for nightly hours. Web: meyersplace.com.au.

Sun Moth Canteen & Bar

A beautiful hangout in a beautiful laneway, Sun Moth Canteen is an oasis to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The fit out is pale wood, clean lines and plants. The menu is short, but nutritious, and they will feed you three meals per day. The highlight is the drinks list with local producers of natural wines and spirits as well. What do Australian vodka, gin and whisky taste like? You’ll find out here.

Niagara Lane, Melbourne. Tram: Any tram along Elizabeth St (Bourke St stop). Hours: Mon 8am-4pm, Tues-Fri 8am-11pm, Sat 3pm -11pm. Tel: +61 3 9602 4554. Web: sunmoth.com.au.

Union Electric

Opened in 2015, this is an eloquent take on the Melbourne laneway bar. They’ve taken a small space and fit it out to create a sense of casual sophistication. The drinks menu highlights local producers and fun cocktails, like the Charlie Chaplin No 3 with plum shrub syrup, gin and prosecco. It’s in the heart of Chinatown (although it doesn’t feel like it), so if you get peckish, the dumpling house next door will bring you some dim sum.

Heffernan Lane, Melbourne. Tram: 86 or 96 along Bourke St (Russell St stop +7min walk). Hours: 5pm-late.

Not sure what all the fuss over Melbourne’s laneways is about? Join Walk Melbourne’s Rooftop Bars Walk and you’ll find out. Your tour guide will take you to four of Melbourne’s best rooftop bars, located amongst the laneways. After a drink at each (and some expert commentary on the history, you’ll be a laneways expert… And a little buzzed.

Web: walkmelbourne.com.au/tours/rooftop-bars-walk

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Looking for more info about where to eat and drink like a local in Melbourne? Download your copy of Glutton Guide Melbourne: The Hungry Traveler’s Guidebook and start eating like a local today!

Six Best Laneway Restaurants in Melbourne

The laneways that thread their way through Melbourne’s CBD were used in Victorian times as service thoroughfares for horses and carts. Now these pedestrianized arcades house some of the best places to eat in the city.

Lucy Liu

This restaurant serves a modern assortment of dishes influenced by Southeast Asia and China with very good Australian produce – a good rep- resentation of what modern Australian food is. It’s a beautiful open space to sit in and the coolest laneway entrance in town.

23 Oliver Lane, Melbourne. Train: Any line (Flinders St station). Tel: +61 3 9639 5777. Web: lucylius.com.au. Hours: 11am-late.

Minimashima

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Tucked away down a back alley of the suburb of Richmond, this omakase sushi menu took Melbourne by storm when it won Best Restaurant of 2015. The booking wait is months long, but it’s worth every minute you wait and every dollar you spend (its exxy).

4 Lord St, Richmond. Tel: +61 3 9429 5180. Web: minamishima.com.au. Hours: Tues-Sat 6-10pm.

MoVida

Frank Camorra owns MoVida and brings a little piece of Barcelona to Melbourne. The avors are extraordinary, so book weeks ahead to eat at the original two-hatted MoVida in Hosier Lane (Melbourne’s most famous laneway for street art) or try his more casual venues, MoVida Next Door or Movida Acqui.

1 Hosier Lane, Melbourne. Train: Any line (Flinders St station). Tel: +61 3 9663 3038. Web: movida.com.au. Hours: noon-late.

Rice Paper Scissors

Like to eat with your hands? This is the place for you! The menu is modeled on hawker stalls from Southeast Asia, like bao and banh mi, and the daily blackboard specials usually holds a treat or two worth ordering. Expect a line if you go at peak times.

19 Liverpool Street, Melbourne. Tel: +61 3 9663 9890. Web: ricepaperscissors.com.au. Hours: Mon-Sat noon-3pm & 6pm-late.

Tipo 00

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If you’re on a low carb diet, Tipo 00 is the reason to have a cheat day. The pasta bar makes all its strands in-house (the name comes from a brand of Italian pasta flour), and they also have excellent offal and seafood dishes on order as well, not to mention an excellent wine list. What’s not to love?

361 Little Bourke Street, CBD. Tel: +61 3 9942 3946. Web: Hours: Mon-Sat 11:30am-10pm.

Tonka

This hatted spot serves modern Indian food in a sublime space with a magnifcent view – at the end of a laneway, of course.

20 Duckboard Place, Melbourne. Train: Any line (Flinders St station). Hours: Mon-Fri noon-3pm & 6pm-10.30pm, Sat 6pm-10.30pm. Tel: +61 3 9650 3155. Web: www.tonkarestaurant.com.au

Hungry for more? Download your copy of Glutton Guide Melbourne: The Hungry Traveler’s Guidebook.

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Melbourne’s Five Best Avocado Toasts

Smashed avo, crushed avocado, avocado toast – a rose by any other name tastes just as delicious. This dining trend has taken over brunch menus all around the world, but it started in Australia, and they still smash it best in Melbourne.

Industry Beans

While this roastery emphasizes its specialty coffee sourcing and brewing, you will definitely want to pair your flat white with its smashed avocado. They use an entire avocado (!!!) topped with creamy chevre and microherbs on sourdough. Then they turn it up to 11 by serving it with charred lemon and green tea sea salt. No wonder their brunch is on the world’s top 100 list…

62 Rose St (corner Fitzroy St), Fitzroy. Tel: +61 3 9417 1034. Web: industrybeans.com. Hours: Mon-Fri 7am-4pm, Sat-Sun 8am-4pm.

The Kettle Black


Kettle Black keeps it minimal with its “seasonal avocado”. Paired with fresh-baked toast, citrus (usually in the form of lime) and local kelp salt, half of the creamy fruit (sourced from Barham Avocados) is served in its peel. It’s the simple things, really, that let the avocado shine.

50 Albert St, South Melbourne. Tel: +61 3 9088 0721. Web: thekettleblack.com.au. Hours: Mon-Fri 7am-4pm, Sat-Sun 8am-4pm.

Mr Mister

 

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The avocado toast here is served on seeded bread, with marinated heirloom cherry tomatoes, basil oil and BURRATA MOZZARELLA. Double the creamy goodness = double the brunch happiness. There’s also optional bacon and poached egg add-ons. How do you order anything else at Mr Mister on a lazy Sunday morning?

161 Chapel St. Tel: +61 3 9529 3902. Web: mrmistercafe.com. Hours: Mon-Fri 6:30am-4pm, Sat-Sun 7am-4:30pm.

Monk Bodhi Dharma


There’s just so much avocado to love here. “The Avo” tossed with feta, mint, chili and lemon and serve it up on organic sourdough – although they can sub in almond feta and gluten-free sourdough because those with dietary restrictions should still get to brunch like champions.

Rear 202 Carlisle St, Balaclava. Tel: +61 3 9534 7250. Web: monkbodhidharma.com.au. Hours: Mon-Fri 7am-5pm, Sat-Sun 8am-5pm.

Rustica Soughdough

 

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This bakery serves up two version of avocado toast on its signature bread. A seasonal smash features heirloom tomatoes beetroot and olive basil sourdough in summer or pomegranate and feta on wholewheat in winter. Their breakfast board goes simple, with a crushed avocado and poached egg on sourdough paired with homemade granola, seasonal fruits, homemade labne and more.

402 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy. Tel: +61 3 9417 7775. Web: rusticasourdough.com.au. Hours: Mon-Sat 7am-4pm, Sun 8am-4pm.

Hungry for more? Download your copy of Glutton Guide Melbourne and never waste a mouthful on mediocre food again.

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