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, returning to the Westin after a sell out season last year. Refine your cheese-eating abilities with gooey baked Normandy Camembert, before ending on a sweet note with fresh honeycomb and smoked macadamia crumble.
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, your tastebuds will be left demanding more.
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 as one of her favourite meals that year. 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.
The General Assembly
With a Six Degrees Architects fit-out and street art by Blender Studios, The General Assembly brings contemporary smarts to boozy, cheesy indulgence. Start with a board of blue, camembert and manchego cheeses. Then throw all diets out the window with their box baked camembert, honey drizzle and all.
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.
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.
White Mojo make waves on social media with their Instagram-friendly menu. Head in for the double-cheese chilli scrambled egg, once awarded the “must eat dish” prize from The Weekly Review. It’s a rich combination of parmesan, cheddar, smoked belly bacon, chilli mayo, fried chilli and toasted sweet-corn on ink brioche.
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. Find them in Lygon Street and Southbank too.
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 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 try a cheese board. Mozzarella and scarmorza toasties are also an ideal Friday night treat.
Colour your lunch happy with cult Korean snacks at Rainbow Toastie. The ultimate in instagrammable munchables, they use a secret blend of tasty and mozzarella cheeses to make this stretchy technicolor treat on Sutherland Street.
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
- Buy tickets to Mould, a festival dedicated to cheese on in August at Meat Market
- Work for your afternoon treat with a tour of the Manchester Unity Building, followed by afternoon cheese and wine.