Cheese-lovers guide to Melbourne

There aren’t many things 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.

High Cheese at the Westin

Trade scones and jam for cognac and Camembert at this very cheesy high tea affair. Refine your cheese-eating abilities with handmade roquefort and whole baked cheese wheels, before ending on a sweet note with mille-feuille drizzled in honey, gorgonzola with honeycomb and ricotta cannoli.

A hand holding a cracker above a bowl of melted cheese

High Cheese

Cheese Wheel Pasta

Cheese and pasta work so well together, so why would you reinvent the wheel? The Chefs at Epocha have decided to melt the wheel instead, offering diners a chance to eat delicious fresh pasta served from an oozing melted wheel of delectable cheese. On Mondays from 5.30pm.

A large hollowed out wheel of cheese at the edge of a table, with a saucepan of paste beside it.

Epocha

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.

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

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 pâtés while you’re there.

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. Their intimate basement space can be booked for cheese-themed cocktail and dinner parties.

A side on view of a table piled with different types of cheese

Spring Street Grocer

White Mojo

White Mojo made waves on social media following their 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.

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.

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.

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?

More cheese? Please!

Cheese isn’t just for special occasions – learn all the tricks of making your own cheese at Henry and the Fox’s cheese making masterclass.

Made so much cheese you just don’t know what to do with it? Learn how to pair it with the perfect champagne at another of Henry and the Fox’s awesome classes.

When you’ve mastered champagne and cheese, learn how to put pinot with your perfect slice at Bohemian’s cheese masterclass.

Work for your afternoon treat with a tour of the Manchester Unity Building, followed by afternoon cheese and wine.