I keep saying to you and showing you on Instagram, I’m eating my way around Melbourne.
At the rate I’ve been going, I’m going to be coming back to the UK the size of a house! The amount of incredible places that have opened up since I left Australia over two years ago, blows my mind. So you can’t blame a girl for having a must-eat-at / must-drink-at list a mile or two long.
I’ve been back in Melbourne for a few weeks, and I’ve already experience some delicious spots this city has to offer. From vibrant vegan in St Kilda, to Bloody Mary’s for breakfast and Aperol Spritz for afternoon tea in Beaumaris, #Instaworthy lunch dates in Sandringham, Sexy Italiano in Hawthorn, and Sunday big breakfasts in Bentleigh, it’s been a quite the mix, but so damn delicious.
As I’m experiencing such a variety of amazing places while I’m in Melbourne, I just have to tell you about them.
Here’s where I’ve been.
Sister of Soul, St Kilda:
A vegan and vegetarian’s paradise, Sister of Soul was a hit for a borderline vegan like me. With a huge array of delicious vegan options to choose from, you do have to spend at least ten minutes reading over the menu as it’s so big, and if you’re as indecisive like me you’ll literally want to choose everything.
My boyfriend and I decided it would be best for us to share our meals so we could have a taster of a couple of dishes. We went for the Jack Black burger which included a cooked jackfruit and Asian slaw served on a charcoal bun and paired with sweet potato fries. The burger was jam packed with flavour, and although burgers are commonly quite heavy, the Jack Black left us feeling light and healthy.
For dessert we chose the Carrot (Pan)Cake, which was pretty much a carrot cake but served like a pancake. This was a buckwheat pancake overloaded (but in a good way) with apple, sultana and carrot compote, walnuts and coconut yoghurt. Hello yum!
The Parlor Milkbar & Kitchen, Cheltenham:
When I lived in Melbourne, The Parlor was my fabulous local cafe. I would literally go here all the time, for any kind of meal, breakfast, brunch, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner, drinks, you name it, I tried it.
So of course, my old local was the first place I headed to when I arrived back in Melbourne, and it’s still as good as ever. A few dishes I would recommend you try, include: The roquette, pear and parmesan salad – simple but so delicious and perfect as a side or sharing dish; Sweet potato fries – I know a bit of a random pick, but my gosh these are the best s/p fries I think I’ve ever tasted. They’re more like wedges so they’re nice and meaty, but they’re also crisp – how that works I don’t know, but they are so good; French toast – if you’re in need of a sweet hit, go for this! Packed with berry compote, bananas and maple syrup, it’s a sure sugar hit, but so dangerously delicious.
For a tipple – I loved the Bloody Mary, it was strong but not too strong, and actually tasted heathy (even with the alcohol). I’d also never say no to an Aperol Spritz, and The Parlor makes them fabulously!
Bluff Town, Sandringham:
As soon as came across Bluff Town on Instagram, I knew I had to go! With vibrant, colourful and perfectly decorated dishes, the cafe screams #Instafoodiegoals. I came here for Saturday lunch with one of my best girlfriends and although it was 1pm, we decided it wasn’t too late for breakfast (it’s never to late for breakfast, in Melbourne, darling).
As there were too many yummy things to choose from, Sophie and I decided to pick one dish each and share… best way to do lunch, non?!
Our choices – Nutella pancakes, which were pure chocolatey indulgence, and even though the dish is relatively big, it’s not sickly in the slightest and not overly sweet. Prefect for the sweet-tooth and the non-sweet-tooth; and the granola bowl, which was jam packed with fresh fruit and the yummiest yoghurt I’ve ever tasted. I’m not sure what they pop in the yoghurt, but it kind of tasted like rose. Is that possible?! Who knows! But it was certainly delish!
Vaporetto Bar & Eatery, Hawthorn:
I haven’t eaten out in Hawthorn much before, if ever, but since I’ve been in Melbourne I’ve seen there’s so many cool eating spots around this area. I went to Vaporetto with my group of friends to celebrate a birthday, and what a fun night we had!
The Italian restaurant is fine in feel and food. We all chose different drinks, with a few choosing some incredibly unique cocktails, including this delicious pear flavoured tipple, white wine, moscato, and I chose one of my favourite Italian reds, Sangiovese.
To eat I chose aubergine parmigiana to begin, which was lovely and hearty. For mains, it was mushroom gnocchi, which was one of the best gnocchi dishes I’ve tasted. It was so creamy with a tang of white wine… delish! Of course, I couldn’t leave without having dessert, which included a pear crumble, and an espresso martini for a night cap.
The Merchants Guild, Bentleigh:
My boyfriend and I headed to The Merchants Guild on Sunday morning for breakfast. It’s his local cafe, but funnily enough I hadn’t been there before.
The first thing I noticed was the delicious cakes in the glass cabinet and I was already impressed. We seem to be finding it really hard to choose our own dishes while we’re in Melbourne, so we again decided to share. We chose the Nutella and espresso French toast, which sounded amazing. They were lovely, but if you’re not too into sugar (like me) watch out – the portion size is huge and they’re incredibly sweet (even for Tim, who’s a massive sweet-tooth). Tim and I shared the dish between the two of us, but I would recommend sharing between three.
We also had a black rice dish with fruit. This was an interesting almost Asian styled dish, and it was our preferred choice as it was a nice savoury change from the French Toast.