There’s so much on offer in our city’s restaurants, check out a few of our picks for this summer:
Pickett’s Deli & Rotisserie
As a child, Scott Pickett ate bratwurst at the Queen Victoria Market with his Dad before the footy. Today, his own market deli and rotisserie is buzzing with shoppers and diners. Drop by to sample the curated wine list, house-smoked bacon, homemade preserves and pickles.
Night owls will revel in Belleville‘s summer season of jazz, vinyl and world beats, running ’til 1am. For eats, enjoy salt-brined chicken from the Brazilian rotisserie, lobster and mac croquettes or soft shell crab sliders.
Superfood lovers will be saying ‘olé’ to the fresh and crisp Mexican cactus salad on the menu at El Sabor this summer. Find the tortilla maestros serving up authentic Mexico City street and home food on Victoria Street, North Melbourne.
La Camera Southgate
Share sumptuous Italian fare on the balconies of family-run institution La Camera at Southgate, with stunning views over the Yarra River and iconic Flinders Street station. Try the new Teal Warrior cocktail to support the Ovarian Cancer Foundation.
Sip champagne and feast on seafood with friends on Meat Market’s new glass terrace, overlooking the Yarra River. Market fresh produce, a theatrical open kitchen and happy hours are supercharging the summer barbecue at this South Wharf hot spot.
Melina on the Rooftop
Greek screen goddess Melina Mercouri inspired this location for magical meze, Melina on the Rooftop. Try the saganaki prawns, pan fried in ouzo and served in a tomato salsa topped with crumbled goats cheese and warm crusty bread.
Discover the jungle of Peru in your own backyard at Pastuso, a modern Peruvian grill, cevicheria and pisco bar on AC/DC Lane. Pre-tennis food and beverage packages are on offer from $60.
Escape to paradise in the city at Pretty Mama island bar and Caribbean grill. The menu includes plantains with delectable swimmer crab, lobster, goat curry, jerk chicken and yummy cocktails.
Red Spice Road
Immerse yourself in the buzz of communal Asian-inspired dining at Red Spice Road, where dishes burst with flavour, matched with premium wines. New summery express lunch and pre-theatre banquets are now on the menu from $29.50.
Sake Restaurant & Bar Flinders Lane
Gastronomic adventures await on Flinders Lane at the newest, super-luxe location of Melbourne’s Sake Restaurant and Bar. Enjoy roaming Japanese tapas, Blushing Geisha craft beers, and divine express lunches.
Tazio Birraria Pizzeria & Cucina
Treat yourself to mouth-watering summer pizza creations at Tazio, overlooking the warehouses of Flinders Lane. Refreshing cocktails including the Sgroppino (lemon sorbet, limoncello and prosecco) are just $12.50 all weekend from 5pm Friday.
The Brass Coq – Vietnamese Eatery & Bar
Enjoy good food made to share at this Vietnamese eatery and watering hole with a French colonial influence on Little Lonsdale Street. Braised pork belly bao and steamed banana pudding with palm caramel are amongst the mouth-watering menu.
Cucumber cool city locals and visitors alike are discovering Baja-inspired street cuisine, tacos and tequila at Touche Hombre. Indulge in a fiery prawn tostada, snapper ceviche or even a chilli chocolate peanut ice-cream sandwich.
Discover Melbourne’s maestros of Flamenco music and dance at Vamos, Little Bourke Street. Latin American and Spanish tapas, sangria, frozen margaritas and mojitos are the perfect warm-weather accompaniments to the passionate performance.