Melbourne’s global flavours: a taste of Europe

Each of these European restaurants has its own unique take on the cuisine of their country. Travel with us as we do what Europeans do on the weekend and visit Greece, Germany, Italy and more.

European Bier Cafe

Start off your tour with a few drinks at this beer cafe, which is really two bars in one. Enjoy European Bier Cafe’s pub menu, including all-time favourites, chicken parma, pizza and steak and chips, washed down with a large selection of on-tap and bottled European beers. Head upstairs for a drink with a view at Aer Rooftop Bar, which is well equipped with heating for wintry days.

Stalactites' oven-baked chicken and potatoes in lemon and white wine

Stalactites’ oven-baked chicken and potatoes in lemon and white wine

Stalactites

This Melbourne institution has been serving up delicious Greek cuisine since 1978. Stalactites is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so it’s been a favourite late-night stop for generations of clubbers and other night owls searching for sustenance. This place has won a stack of awards and if you’re looking for traditional Greek food including souvlaki, giros and moussaka, you can’t go wrong.

Sezar

If you haven’t tried Armenian food, it’s a good time to start. Sezar’s recipes use traditional spices with vegetables, meats, fish and fruits to create unique flavours and aromas with Middle Eastern influences. The menu includes a range of mezze (small sharing plates) and delicious mains including Armenian BBQ chicken and bastourma spiced beef cheek. They also cater for gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan dietary requirements.

The French Brasserie's cassoulet is their pièce de résistance

The French Brasserie’s cassoulet is their pièce de résistance

The French Brasserie

Enjoy a mix of modern and traditional French favourites, with matching wines at laneway restaurant, The French Brasserie. Local and seasonal produce includes garlic escargot, pork confit, seafood bouillabaisse and the house specialty, cassoulet.

Must try: Cassoulet with white bean ragout, confit duck leg, pork belly and Toulouse sausage.

If you like a challenge with your dinner, try Hofbrauhaus' epic schnitzel

If you like a challenge with your dinner, try Hofbrauhaus’ epic schnitzel

Hofbrauhaus Restaurant

This is rustic German cuisine at its best, so bring your appetite and be prepared for a hearty meal. Hofbrauhaus‘ menu includes a good variety of appetisers, entrees, mains and desserts along with sides including potato dumplings, spatzle, fries and more.

Must try: The Schnitzel challenge. Are you up to it?

The Italians

Italian migrants helped to make Melbourne the city it is and the food has become an Australian staple. With so many great Italian restaurants in town it’s hard to choose just one, so we’ve narrowed it down to four.

SquisitoA modern Australian twist on Italian food, but you’ll feel like you’re dining in an Italian village. The menu features classic pastas, piadina and beef meatballs with polenta and salad for those with gluten-free requirements.

Guseli: Traditional Italian pizza, homemade pasta and bread from the Ciociaria region of Italy. The menu also includes grill options and a range of delicious antipasti to start you off.

La Vita Buona: It’s a cellar, it’s a bar, it’s a deli. This “wine repository” serves a tasty selection of pasta and mains from the Caboose Canteen kitchen.

Society: A mix of traditional and original Italian fare. After dinner, head up to High Society Cocktail Lounge and if you’re looking for a venue for a special occasion, check out Secret Society.