Friday, March 4, 2016

Recent Food Favorites Around Melbourne

I'm going to preface this post by saying that it doesn't serve much of a purpose, other than to highlight some of the restaurants we've been to lately. If you don't like food (is that possible?), you'll want to skip this one. We've had a steady stream of visitors in 2016, which will conclude with my family's visit in a couple weeks, so we've done quite a bit more dining out than usual. Experiencing the food culture in Melbourne is a must, so I'm always happy to introduce visitors to some of the best the city has to offer. Here are a few meals we've enjoyed lately at some of our favorite Melbourne restaurants:

Carmine's Bistro

We went up to Lygon Street, Melbourne's Italian neighborhood, a few weeks ago when Peter's parents were visiting. Carmine's is one of the many authentic Italian restaurants in the area, and is a good spot to share a pizza and some drinks. Lygon Street is a big tourist destination, so restaurants can be hit or miss, but we've been to Carmine's twice now and enjoyed it both times. 


No trip to Lygon Street is complete without stopping for gelato at Pidapipo. I'm positive I've raved about this place on the blog before, but it deserves another shoutout. I think it's been voted best gelato in Melbourne, and I couldn't agree more. If you're in the area, you need to go!

Shortstop Donuts

One of the perks of having visitors is the inevitable rediscovery of some old favorites around the city. Shortstop opened shortly after we moved to Melbourne, so we went a few times to see what all the hype was about, but sort of forgot about it after awhile. This place has INSANELY good donuts. I got that berry one below about four days in a row, which is slightly embarrassing, but since it's berry I'm convinced there's a few vitamins in there. Shortstop features a range of really unique (sometimes downright weird) donut flavors, which they rotate every couple weeks or so. It's definitely worth a visit! 

Trunk Diner 

We've been here a few times, both for breakfast and lunch. I don't remember exactly what was in the below salad, but it do remember that it was really good! Oh, and if you're into website design, they've got a really cool one, so click the link above.

Mama's Buoi

This is one of our absolute favorite restaurants in Melbourne. We took Peter's parents here on their first day and they loved it as well. It's Vietnamese and everything I've ever had there has been delicious (and well-priced). It's a great place to share a few dishes, but honestly, I usually hoard mine. 


Mamasita is widely regarded as Melbourne's best Mexican restaurant, for good reason. The fish tacos are amazing, and there are some really good appetizers and share plates as well.


I am willing to bet that we are Brunetti's most frequent customers. All I really need to say about this place is CAKE! 

The Kettle Black

This was one of my favorite brunches in awhile. I order avo toast at least 95% of the time, but on this particular day I was craving something sweeter. I hesitated before ordering the chia seed pudding, because it sounded too crunchy (not texture-wise, but like vegan-y) for me, but I ended up ordering it and am so glad I did. I'm actually tempted to buy some and try it at home. 

N2 Extreme Gelato

This place is next door to Shortstop, and similarly, they rotate unique flavors every week or so. I usually order whichever chocolate option they've got on the menu and it's always delicious. They make their gelato using liquid nitrogen, so there's a big production as they stir it into the mixers. It kind of looks like dry ice and is strangely fun to watch.

Two Birds One Stone

Another favorite brunch spot featuring some of the best coffee and avo toast around. Unfortunately, there has been a bit of an avocado shortage this year, which I have coined the Avopocalypse, so it was briefly taken off the menu due to soaring prices. At one point I think I paid $6 for one avocado. Insanity. Luckily, I saw via Instagram that the avo toast has officially been reinstated at Two Birds One Stone!
Although not on par with the avo toast, the French toast was pretty good!


This is a relatively new find, although I've been hearing about it since we got here. Fonda gives Mamasita a run for its money, and some in our group even thought it was better. I enjoyed it primarily because Peter went to order margaritas for his mom and me and somehow the bartenders made four instead of two, so we got a couple free drinks! Win!
I still prefer the fish tacos at Mamasita, but I do think Fonda's chicken tacos were better. Plus, the restaurant itself was super cute. Worth a visit, for sure!

In conclusion, I eat a lot. 


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Welcome! I started Laura and Peter Down Under in July 2014 when my husband and I moved from the States to Melbourne, Australia for his job. I blog about expat life, our travels, food, and whatever else comes to mind. Follow along on our adventures Down Under!



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