My Top Three Melbourne Eateries
By Dani Wales
If you live in Melbourne, or know someone who does, then you’re sure to know that Melbournians well and truly live for their food. As an adopted Melbournian I often spend my days searching out the latest and best places to eat, in and around the city and whilst my hip pocket probably hates me, as long as my tummy is happy… that’s all that matters.
Eating out in Melbourne is no longer just about the food. The food of course is central to the dining experience but the space around including the interior and its the design, the style, the atmosphere and the whole presentation of the dining area will enhance your experience. This is often what will influence your decision to return or not.
Whilst my go-to Melbourne eatery list for good food and great spaces is rather extensive, there are three places I just can’t get enough of. If you know them or don’t already know about them, listen up either way, as I will soon have you drooling over my favourite menu items while you visualise the incredible interiors created for you to enjoy.
Common Galaxia is located in Melbourne’s inner west in the up and coming suburb of Seddon. It has become “my local” so to speak and I’ve had enough servings of “avocado with ruby grapefruit, marinated goat’s cheese, basil, soy almonds, red onion & radish on sourdough with poached eggs and side of ham” to last me a lifetime.
The food is always spot-on but the interior fitout is – Oh. So. Cool!
A confident fusion of industrial chic, Common Galaxia presents as a considered space that has clearly been put together with a keen attention to detail. Warm but understated, the mix of concrete and timber with black and copper accents continues to wow me with every visit.
Shop 3-4, 130 Victoria Street, Seddon
The Kettle Black
No trip “across the bridge” from the west is complete without a visit to The Kettle Black in South Melbourne. I would put The Kettle Black up there as my favourite café interior in the whole of Melbourne… it is truly beautiful. While many cafes were competing with one another on who could execute the most understated industrial fitout, The Kettle Black was inventing a whole new style of it’s own. Interior Design firm “Studio You Me “ have created a unique, inviting feel good space with an interior palette of soft oak timbers, polished concrete, marble and brass accents offset by the most beautiful muted green wall tiles and dining chairs. It is the most soft and calming café experience I’ve had in a long time.
As for the food! A beautifully presented mouth-watering prawn and mayo creation on a brioche bun heightened my most recent dining experience. It was so darn moreish it took all my self-control not to order a second serving.
50 Albert Road, South Melbourne
A modern take on casual street-inspired Asian food, Chin Chin is modelled on the bustling workingman’s dining halls of Bangkok. Located in Melbourne’s Flinders Lane, Chin Chin virtually pioneered the shift in Melbourne’s restaurant scene from formal and uptight to informal and chatty, yet stylish dining. What a feat! With a focus on shared plates, Chin Chin’s Asian fusion menu is simply to die for. My favourites include Pork Roll Ups, Crispy Barramundi and Green Apple Salad, Goat Curry and Grain Fed Wagyu Sirloin. There is something for every taste and budget but their “feed me” option is definitely the way to go if you want to sample a broad selection of meals but unsure of where to start.
The fit-out is a quirky combination of Asian Street style meeting Melbourne cool. The space comes alive with vintage inspired pop art, industrial elements including white painted brick walls, steel framed doors and windows and pressed metal ceilings all finished off with a dining room full of Thonet Bentwood dining chairs. The space as a whole is fused together with soft atmospheric lighting.
Oh how I love Chin Chin…
125 Flinders Lane, Melbourne