Cheese-lovers guide to Melbourne

Holy blue-ming brie, there aren’t many things that are superior to the rich, creamy goodness of cheese. When you’re looking for a tempting cheese dish to treat yourself, these will make you cheddar tear.

Mould: A Cheese Festival

Sweet dreams are made of cheese. Over 20 of Australia’s best cheese producers are coming together for Mould: A Cheese Festival at Meat Market on Friday 4 and Saturday 5 May. Expect gooey cheese tastings, melted cheese toasties, burgers and breads as well as a pop-up bar with whisky, wine, cider and beer. Who am I to dis a brie?

Melted cheese coming out of toasted sandwich on a plate.

Mould: A Cheese Festival runs 4 and 5 May at Meat Market.

Spring Street Grocer

Home to Australia’s first underground cheese maturation cellar, Spring Street Grocer is a leading cheesemonger. Farmhouse and artisan cheeses sourced locally and aboard rotate regularly, according to seasonality. Tell the team what you usually enjoy eating, and you’re guaranteed to find something better. Functions in an intimate basement space can be booked for cheese-themed cocktail and dinner parties.

Piles of cheese on a table in a shop.

Spring Street Grocer

Milk The Cow

Cheese and wine flights are just the start of the blue-tiful journey at Milk The Cow. Cheese boards are also matched with cider, sparkling, beer, sake and whiskey. Once you’ve made your way through those, oozing individual fondue pots will have your tastebuds demanding more.

QVM The French Shop

In case you’re throwing a weekend cheese party (hint hint to anyone reading), stop by The French Shop. Located in Queen Victoria Market’s Deli Hall, the store is home to imported and local cheese. Pick up terrines, sausages and pates while you’re there.

 

Boilermaker House

Renowned for their craft beer and whiskey, the food menu at Boilermaker House is also a tempting proposition for cheese-lovers.  The team obviously know who they’re dealing with. Choose from a huge range of international (with a focus on French) cheeses, customisable cheeseboards and ploughman’s platters.

A plater of cheese, shredded prosciutto, bread and olives.

Pair your cocktail with this cheese platter at Boilermaker House.

White Mojo

White Mojo made waves on social media following their impeccably staged, Instagram-friendly menu. Awarded the “must eat dish of 2017” in The Weekly Review, head in for the ‘double-cheese chilli scrambled egg’. It’s a rich combination of parmesan, cheddar, smoked belly bacon, chilli mayo, fried chilli and toasted sweet-corn on ink brioche.

Gazi

When Nigella Lawson points you in the direction of food, you follow her finger. After a visit to Melbourne, she named Gazi’s feta chips the favourite thing she ate in 2017. Fat, chunky chips tossed through garlic oil, these bad boys are topped with feta and seasoned to perfection. ‘These chips were absolutely worth flying the 10,496.05 miles for,’ she wrote in The Guardian.

hot chips in a bowl with feta cheese on top

The feta chips at Gazi

GG Restaurant

Gorgonzola, mascarpone, parmesan and gnocchi come together for a glorious meal at GG Restaurant. It’s exactly as stringy, rich and pillow-light as you imagine.

DOC Pizza & Mozzarella

It’s cheese mania at DOC Pizza & Mozzarella. Alongside mozzarella topped pizza and goats cheese tiramisu, there’s a huge selection of post-meal cheese. Buffalo mozzarella, burrata and gorgonzola are the highlights.

1806

A reigning cocktail bar in Melbourne, a night out at 1806 isn’t complete without some cheeky cheese. Pair their excellent cocktails with baked garlic and rosemary camembert or cheese boards. Goats cheese and chorizo croquettes with house pickles are also an ideal Friday night treat.

Toasta & Co

Originally a food truck dedicated to toasties (yes, they are geniuses), Toasta & Co’s permanent venue means you’ll have toastie supplies year-round. You’ll want the croquet monsieur, a toastie of gouda, cheddar, mustard, béchamel and shaved ham. It’s topped with more béchamel, melted gruyere and spring-onion.

A hand holding a macaroni and cheese toast

Who can resist that gooey cheesy toast?

Epocha

A leading modern European restaurant, Epocha’s cheese and dessert trolley is the stuff of dreams. European cheese is served by the piece with accompanying condiments.