Top 10 Places To Eat feat. Melbourne (Part 1) + Happy 1st Birthday STM!

SAVOUR THE MOMENT is officially one!

We can’t believe it’s been a year since STM started, and we’ve had the privilege to meet some awesome people along the way. We’re grateful for all the opportunities that have come, and we are especially grateful to our family and friends for putting up with our photo-taking-before-eating. And we are especially grateful for the people who actually read our posts or oogle over the food photos. Thank you so much! Hopefully the next year will be bigger and better!

To commemorate our first anniversary since starting Savour The Moment, we are posting a special post that is something a little different from our usual food reviewing posts. We love Melbourne, and people always ask us what’s good to eat in Melbourne. To be honest, EVERYTHING is good in Melbourne.  Whether you’re a regular traveller to Melbourne, wanting to try something new, or it’s your first time, we hope this list that we have compiled is helpful to you.

We’re planning on publishing more lists in the future, as it gives us a break from writing reviews after more reviews, so stay tuned!

x

Lyvia & Anna


Top 10 Places To Eat

Melbourne: Part One

In February 2014, L and I travelled to Melbourne for roughly 10 days to eat to our heart’s content. I had been to Melbourne multiple times, but it was L’s first proper visit (the first time was a family trip which involved no venturing into the city!), so it was up to me to show L what Melbourne was famous for – the food and coffee! We wanted to write a review about our experience but it got all too much. We aimed to eat three meals a day (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) all at different places but we soon realised our stomachs were not prepared for this, no matter how hard we tried!

Unfortunately, food poisoning got the best of me at the beginning of the trip (can you believe that!?!), and as much as I tried to hold it all in me, L took the reigns and ate for two, for me! As my appetite started to come back, I indulged as much as I could.

We’ve come up with this list for those who are stuck on what to eat in Melbourne, whether it’s the first time, or the tenth time. I have included some places I went to prior to this recent visit that I had to add to this list. Also, this is not the complete list as pretty much everywhere we went was good. In the beginning, we carefully prepared and planed a list of everywhere we wanted to visit, and it got overwhelming, so we hope this list helps, and you don’t become overwhelmed like us!


PLACE: Chin Chin (Melbourne CBD)

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WHAT’S TO LOVE:
When you hear that long queues is an issue with a restaurant, then you know that it’s amazing. We were lucky enough to grab one of the last tables straight away, five minutes before there was a long line developing outside. Chin Chin does the most delicious South Asian food with the biggest menu we’ve ever seen. We devoured the palm sugar ice cream sundae with salted honeycomb and a lime syrup dessert. Make sure you come early — we came at 5:30pm and it was mostly full!

Address: 125 Flinders Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000
Website: http://www.chinchinrestaurant.com.au

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 PLACE: The Grain Store (Melbourne CBD)

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WHAT’S TO LOVE:
The Grain Store screams out what you expect in a Melbourne restaurant. From its exposed ceilings to the wooden furniture, the food is also stunning in taste and presentation. All the breakfast dishes sounded so gourmet and the best bit? It wasn’t even too expensive (average of about $17), which you would expect them all to be well over $20 in Perth. Get anything on the menu and you’ll love it.

Address: 517 Flinders Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000
Website: http://www.grainstore.com.au

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 PLACE: Proud Mary (Collingwood)

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WHAT’S TO LOVE:
Humbly located in the back streets of Collingwood, Proud Mary is always busy and we can understand why. Proud Mary does one of the best coffees in Melbourne. They have a small menu but it’s their coffee that shines the most, according to the locals. Their service was friendly and welcoming, despite it being busy, which made my solo dining experience. My potato hash filled me up for a long time, and I would re-visit Proud Mary in a heart beat.

Address: 172 Oxford St, Collingwood VIC 3066
Website: http://www.proudmarycoffee.com.au

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 PLACE: Auction Rooms (North Melbourne)

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 WHAT’S TO LOVE:
Auction Rooms combines two of my favourite things — Warehouse converted cafes. Auction Rooms focuses on good coffee with their coffee station positioned in the centre of their cafe. Their food has consistently been great. Their interior is amazing and they use their dining space well, utilising every available area for more patrons. Auction Rooms has always been a favourite of mine, with their amazing coffee and hearty breakfast choices being one of the best in Melbourne.

Address: 103-107 Errol St, North Melbourne VIC 3051
Website: http://www.auctionroomscafe.com.au

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 PLACE: Luxbite (South Yarra)

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WHAT’S TO LOVE:
Luxbite in South Yarra is a must go for anything travelling to Melbourne, before, during, or after shopping along Chapel Street. Luxbite has the most delicious sweet desserts and are so beautiful that you wouldn’t want to bite into them. Their many different flavours of macarons are unique and delicious. We shared the Monster Meringue that was delicious, sweet, and enough between us. I’ve had the Endless Love, like a massive macaron, which was just as good as the Monster Meringue.

Address: 38 Toorak Rd, South Yarra VIC 3141
Website: http://www.luxbite.com.au

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 PLACE: Cutler & Co (Fitzroy)

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WHAT’S TO LOVE:
One of the best restaurants that my boyfriend and I have ever been to. Located in Fitzroy, and easily accessible via the tram from the CBD. Their service is impeccable, and we were more than happy to spend a fortune on dinner here. I still remember the perfectly cooked barramundi I had for dinner, even though it’s been more than two years since I first visited. A must go for any special occasion.

Address: 55-57 Gertrude St, Fitzroy VIC 3065
Website: http://www.cutlerandco.com.au

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 PLACE: Cumulus Inc (Melbourne CBD)

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WHAT’S TO LOVE:
Same owner as Cutler & Co, Cumulus Inc in the CBD is sleek and classic with beautiful decor and huge windows to bring in the amazing natural light. Their food is intended for sharing but we chose to have our own mains as I had a stomach bug. Their menu is more on the pricey side, however the food is spectacular. My John Dory and mussels main was so delicious, but the highlight was mango jelly, coconut and lime sorbet granita. Make sure you try their breakfast, which is what they’re famous for!

Address: 45 Flinders Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000
Website: http://www.cumulusinc.com.au

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 PLACE: Chez Dre (South Melbourne)

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WHAT’S TO LOVE:
Found in an alley way in South Melbourne, Chez Dre epitomises Melbourne, showcasing the best of what the city has to offer. From the beautiful interior design to its gorgeous selection in their patisserie and bakery, everyone should be visiting Chez Dre. Everything on the menu sounds amazing, however we recommend the Avo Luxe, which had so much flavour and texture to it. Definitely one of our favourite places in Melbourne.

Address: Rear of 285-287 Coventry Street, South Melbourne VIC 3205
Website: http://www.chezdre.com.au

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 PLACE: Naked In The Sky (Fitzroy)

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WHAT’S TO LOVE:
Recently featured in season five of Offspring, Naked In The Sky is a rooftop bar and restaurant with amazing panoramic views of Fitzroy with the skyline of Melbourne CBD. Naked In The Sky is above the restaurant, Naked For Satan, and their Spanish food is all about sharing. The grilled beef skewers were deliciously tender, and the meatballs were full of flavour. A great place to go to with friends for dinner and drinks.

Address: 285 Brunswick St, Fitzroy VIC 3065 (located on the rooftop)
Website: http://www.nakedforsatan.com.au/naked-in-the-sky/

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 PLACE: Seven Seeds (Carlton)

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WHAT’S TO LOVE:
Seven Seeds’ specialty is coffee, but they also excel in food. They are also responsible for Brother Baba Budan, just a few hundred metres away, also with amazing coffee. Set in an old warehouse, they offer a small menu and they are always consistently busy, as Melbourne University is also very nearby. My Heirloom tomato medley on toasted Turkish bread with cauliflower cream, shaved pecorino & a poached egg was light and simple but packed with so much flavour. What I loved the most about Seven Seeds is that they open at 7am, perfect for that early morning breakfast before you sadly fly out of Melbourne.

Address:  106-114 Berkeley St, Carlton VIC 3053
Website: http://sevenseeds.com.au

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Of course, this isn’t the end of our Melbourne list, so keep a look out for part two, coming soon!

– A.

All photos taken by A.

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