A Final Meals in Melbourne

The City, The Cuisine

It has been a wonderful year of delicious food!  We’ve tried tons on various ethnic foods and lots of traditional Australian cuisine, as well as enjoyed the fantastic cafe culture in Melbourne.

Without further ado, the (lengthy) final meals in Melbourne post!

Brunetti

Brunetti is an iconic Melbourne location.  The displays are just jaw-dropping when you walk in– metres upon metres of counters displaying every type of pastry you can imagine.  Every single thing we tried from there was delicious (which is not something the can be said of every Melbourne bakery).

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Raspberry Pastry Twist

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Pain au chocolat

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Custard Croissant

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White coffee, hot chocolate, chai latte, and mocha (clockwise)

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Glazed/sugared Donut + hot chocolate = heaven

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And to take home…

Cannoli & Lemon Tarts

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Grey and Bliss

Chai Latte-Vanilla

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Flat White

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English Breakfast Tea

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Breakfast Burrito

w/ bacon, fried egg, avocado, cheese, spicy tomato salsa, hot sauce

 

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Ricotta hotcakes w/ whipped mascarpone, molasses poached pear, fresh berries, mint & crushed hazelnut 

 

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Free range eggs anyway on toast

Poached, which they do fantastically here

 

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Bliss benedict w/ toasted brioche, smashed avo, pomegranate, poached eggs, hollandaise & smoked salmon

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New York Minute

Chocolate Ripple Milkshake

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Coney Island Schnitzel Burger

A NYC carnival classic! Free range and hand-crumbed juicy chicken breast, smoked bacon, premium grade Swiss cheese, fresh tomato and spinach topped off with sweet chilli and mayo.

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Plus fries, duh.

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The Exchange Hotel

The Exchange Parmigiana

chicken schnitzel, ham, Napoli, mozzarella, chips & house salad

Seriously the best parma in Melbourne, if not Victoria, if not Australia.  We love the Exchange Hotel!

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Fish and Chips

Beer battered fish, beef fat potatoes, pea puree, beer pickled onions, grilled lemon & tartare

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The Lux Foundry

Chamellia Chai Latte

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Flat White

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Toasted Fruit Loaf

w/ citrus ricotta

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Brioche French Toast

w/ espresso mascarpone, dark chocolate crumb, poached spiced pear, fresh berries, salted toffee

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Muharam Cafe

Golden Gaytime Milkshake

A Golden Gaytime is an ice cream bar of vanilla, toffee, honeycomb, and chocolate.  This milkshake based off of that incorporated all off those flavours, plus delicious golden syrup.

Another Freakshake cafe checked off of my list!  This one rates pretty highly: a thin milkshake, inventive toppings, and a wow factor (an entire ice-cream cone!).

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Mocha

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Beef Vindaloo

w/ Basmati rice, roti, and mint yoghurt

One of the best curries to be had in Melbourne!  Even though it was from a non-Indian restaurant…

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Sidewinder Beer Battered Chips

w/ honey mustard mayo

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Stalactites

This is a go-to restaurant for many in the Greek Precinct of Melbourne.  With a memorable stalactite ceiling, it is known for it’s souvlaki and home-style Greek cooking.

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Home Baked Bread

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Pastitio

Baked layers of macaroni, beef, and cheese, topped with béchamel cream sauce

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Yiouvetsi

oven baked lamb pieces and kritharaki (rice-shaped pasta) in a light tomato sauce

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Homemade Moussaka

Greek traditional dish of baked layers of potatoes, minced beef & eggplant topped
with bechamel cream sauce

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Mixed Giro

marinated boneless chicken and lamb from the spit, served with Greek salad & chips

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Dessert Platter: (clockwise) galaktoboureko, vanilla ice cream, baklava, creme caramel

The galaktoboureko was interesting.  A thick, almost gelatinous, custard between flaky sheets of filo.  I, personally, didn’t love the textures.

However, everything else was simply amazing.  One of the best baklavas I’ve eaten.

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Grey and Bliss

Mocha

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Bliss benedict w/ toasted brioche, smashed avo, pomegranate, poached eggs & hollandaise

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Wasabi crusted calamari w/ Vietnamese style slaw salad & lemon/parsley mayo

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100% Wagyu beef burger w/ fresh tomato, cos lettuce, pickle, panko onion ring, cheddar, & secret sauce

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Cauliflower soup w/ a hint of pernod, Italian style breadcrumbs, lemon, parsley, & a side of bread

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Sweet corn, zucchini & sweet potato fritters w/ pear chutney, lemon goat curd, smash avocado, apple glaze, poached eggs & smoked salmon

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Queen Victoria Market

Spicy Lamb Borek

Boreks are a traditional Turkish food.  The ones at the market are completely authentic, steaming hot, and the right price.

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Spinach and Cheese Borek

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Rock Salt Caramel and Old English Toffee Gelato

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Brown Sugar

Espresso Martini

These are always referred to as “cheeky” in Australia.

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Chicken and Mushroom Risotto

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Penne Bolognese 

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Ham and Cheese Toastie

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Field Mushrooms w/ Toast and Egg

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Brownie

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Sticky Date Pudding

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Cafe Lafayette

Chocolate and Pretzel Milkshake

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Black Sesame Milkshake

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Fried eggs with mushrooms, potatoes, bacon, and vegetables

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Berry and Yakult Milkshake

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Rock, Paper, Scissors

Chai Latte

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Mocha

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Rosti Breakfast with Smoked Salmon and Bacon

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Corn Fritters

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Toast with Avo and Bacon

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Pancakes with Grilled Banana, Hazelnuts, and Cream

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The City, The Cuisine

Flower Drum

This restaurant is a Melbourne classic located in Chinatown.  It is a large restaurant located on the second floor of a warehouse-looking building on a small laneway in the midst of Chinatown.  Inside it is bigger than expected, separated by carved wooden screens.  The service is impeccable and the classic Chinese dishes are excellent.

Saute Chicken with Pine Nuts

Chicken with shiitake mushrooms, carrots, bamboo shoots, and pine nuts

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Eggplant in Spicy Salt

Fried eggplant in spicy salt stuffed with carrots, yam, pine nuts, and served with crispy enoki mushrooms

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Gai Lan in Shaoxing Wine

Chinese broccoli stir-fried in rice wine and ginger

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Singapore Noodles

Stir-fried Vermicelli noodles with prawns, BBQ pork, snow peas, shiitake mushrooms, onion, and chili

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‘Typhoon Shelter” Lamb Cutlets

Flinders Island saltbush lamb cutlets stir-fried with fried crispy garlic, chili, and scallions

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Great Ocean Road Brewhouse

Roast Lamb Dinner

Sliced roast lamb with roasted potatoes and seasonal steamed vegetables all covered in a rich gravy, served with a dollop of mint jelly

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Fish and Chips

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Mexican Chicken Parma

Basically nachos on top of a parma–an interesting idea…

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Chocolate Mousse in a Chocolate Shell with cream

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Chocolate Mud Cake with vanilla ice cream

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Sticky Date Pudding with vanilla ice cream

One of the best desserts I’ve had here!  So full of caramel and rich pudding–delectable!

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Shamrock Hotel

Eggs Benedict

Another day, another Eggs Benedict.  Almost too much bacon on this one, but nevertheless still delicious.

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Brekky Burger

Very Australian and super good– the bun was almost Brioche-y.

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Eggs and Bacon

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Queen Victoria Market

Hedgehog Slice

A super rich chocolate-y, fudge-y slice with pieces of shortbread biscuit interspersed throughout and with a layer of coconut shavings on top–absolutely amazing!

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Red Ochre Grill

Cripsy Onion Rings with Citrus Aioli

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Pulled Pork Burger

The pulled pork was not our favourite kind (we love the vinegar-y Carolina kind!) and it was also too sweet.  But the bun, fries, and salad were all great!

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Aussie Burger

This included the two most common Aussie items put on a burger: an egg and beetroot.  Even Macca’s serves burger with these items.

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Veal Schnitzel with Killpatrick Sauce

Killpatrick sauce is Worcestershire sauce with bacon and cheese.  The first bites were very good, but as is usually the case with Worchestershire sauce, it gets a bit much eventually.

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Chicken Parma

A solid parma with a sizable amount of ham; the chips and salad were good, as usual.

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Kulata Training Academy

This is a hands-on trade school for Indigenous youths.  It’s a great group and the food was very delicious.

Bacon and Egg Panini

With onion jam (the unusual, and most delicious, aspect)

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Desert Lime Melting Moment

Two shortbread cookies with a very generous swirl of buttercream–so rich!  The desert lime flavour was really good, definitely lime-y but with a hint of something else a little herb-like.

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The City, The Cuisine

Oscar’s

Vegetable Lasagne

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Chicken Parm

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Lamb Pie with Peas and Potatoes

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L’Espresso

Avo Smash

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Eggs Benedict

My dad’s quest continues…

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Big Brekky

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Aroma of India

Mango Lassi

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Chicken Tikka Masala

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Chicken Korma

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Lamb Vindaloo

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Red Lion Restaurant

Vegetable Omelette

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Eggs Benedict

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Eggs and Toast with Bacon

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Persian Kebab House

Lamb Shashlik

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Ghormeh Sabzi

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Mahiche

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Parndana Hotel

Schnitzel with Marron in Creamy Garlic Sauce

Marron are a delicacy on Kangaroo Island.  It tastes similar to lobster.

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Chicken Parm

Delicious, and heart-shaped too!

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Mississippi Mud Cake

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Carrot Cake

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Hahndorf Inn

Wurstplatte

Comprising of bratwurst, debraciner, knockwurst,  bockwurst, case trainer, nurnberger bratwursts, sauerkraut, and Bavarian potato salad.

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Chicken Caesar Salad

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Kinder Surprise Egg

This candy is illegal in the US, so I had to give it a try while I have the chance.  The US has had a ban on candy with toys embedded in it since 1938.

The Haus

Hot Chocolate

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Eggs and Toast with Smoked Salmon

The salmon was from the Harris Smokehouse which is right up the street from this restaurant.

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Eggs and Toast with a Tomato Relish

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Pancakes with Banana, Maple Syrup, and Chantilly Cream

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Bacon

The smokiest and most-like-bacon-to-me bacon we’ve had here.  Bacon is usually served more like Canadian bacon.

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The Coffee Club

Corn Fritters with Bacon

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Eggs Benedict

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Ultimate Brekky Roll

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The City, The Cuisine

Redcliffe Tavern-Barramundi with Roasted Potatoes and Balsamic Glaze

For a pub-like restaurant, the food was high-quality and very delicious–a little surprising to us.

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Fettuccini Alfredo

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Mexican Tortilla Bowl

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Settlers Inn Hotel-Seasame Honey Glazed Ribs with Chips and Salad

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Eastbank-Salt and Pepper Calamari

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Margherita Pizza

Continuing on my quest for the best margherita pizza…this one wasn’t fantastic.  It was good and definitely delicious, but not on my top list.

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Tagliatelle Bolognese

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 Tuna Nicoise

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Prosciutto and Rocket Salad

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Bar Bellaccino-Brekkie Roll

With coffee (not pictured), the best flat white in Australia so far!

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French Toast with Berries

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i-creamy Gelato-9-Scoop Gelato Platter

(top to bottom, left to right)  Coconut, Espresso, Chocolate Fudge Brownie, Black Sesame, Milo, Thai Tea, Cookies and Cream, White Chocolate Strawberry Cheesecake, Cream Soda

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It is also served with a smaller platter of whipped cream, strawberries, and chocolate shavings.

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Brown Sugar-Corn Fritters with Bacon and Pesto

One of our favorite CBD finds, Brown Sugar is hidden down a narrow laneway off Little Collins Street.  It’s small and cramped, but the food is amazing.

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Vanilla Pancakes with Berries

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Salmon and Pesto Risotto

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Rock, Paper, Scissors-Toast with Salmon and a Rosti

A rosti is like a potato cake, the fancy version of a hash brown.

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Rosti Breakfast

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Toast with Bacon and Avocado

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Government House-Australia Day Tea and Scones from the Country Women’s Association

We also got a small bag of the classic ANZAC Biscuits, an oat and golden syrup biscuit.

We found a new brand of tea we love– Bushell’s Blue Label, Australian tea that is really rich and dark.

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Ants Bistro-Prawn Toast

In the small, cramped streets of Chinatown, Ants Bistro is an authentic restaurant serving Asian classics.  We sat upstairs on a balcony with just a few tables, where we could look out over the rest of the restaurant.

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Spicy Beef Hotpot with Glass Noodles

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Schezuan Pork and Noodles

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Chicken and Vegetables on Crispy Noodles

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Crown Chinese New Year Street Festival-Twisty Potato

When you see people walking around with these creations, how can you not get one?  It actually tasted good too–just like a huge twisty chip.

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Hopetoun Tea Room

The Cuisine, The Culture

One of the many historic arcades in Melbourne CBD is the Block Arcade on Collins Street, which opened in 1892.  The Hopetoun Tea Rooms inside the Arcade opened during the same year, but its still going strong and seems to be getting only more popular.  Named for the governor at the time and his wife, Lord and Lady Hopetoun, the tea rooms were, and still are, known for their huge etched mirror, which used to hang outside the shop, but is now inside.  This mirror is the largest double-etched mirror in the world.  The decor feels very Victorian, with many tables squeezed into the small room, dark, but intricate wallpaper, and chandeliers providing most of the available light.

We enjoyed a luxurious afternoon high tea at the Hopetoun Tea Rooms.

The first course was the classic tiered trays with (from bottom to top) sandwiches, varied desserts, and fresh fruit.

First Tier
Quiche Lorraine
Vegetarian Quiche
Roast Beef Sirloin Sandwiches – Premium Roast Beef Sirloin with onion jam, tasty cheese, roquette, seeded mustard mayonnaise.
Hopetoun Tea Room Pinwheels – Tomato, cucumber, ham, seeded mustard, mayonnaise & egg on white & wholemeal
Smoked Salmon Sandwiches – Ribbons of smoked salmon sandwiches with dill cream cheese, cucumber, roquette on white & wholemeal
Second Tier – Petit Fours – An assortment of our Signature petit fours: strawberry cheesecake, miniature macarons, pistachio custard, mango slice, and chocolate mousse in a chocolate shell.
Third Tier – A selection of seasonal fresh fruit & berries, including mango, strawberries, blueberries, figs, pineapple, raspberries, kiwi, and watermelon.

The second and final course was the scones (2 for everyone!).  This course came with a new tea and the scones were served with double cream and mixed berry jam.  The cream and jam were gilding the lily on already fantastic scones; they were so buttery with light, but rich texture and not too sweet.

At the end of the tea, I was absolutely stuffed (I actually had to take one of my scones home), but everything was superbly scrumptious and the experience was simply amazing!

EVEN MORE Meals in Melbourne

The Cuisine

There is so much deliciousness in this city! Here’s some more.

This post also features some New Zealand food.

Mr. TulkTuna Baguette

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French Toast with Salted Caramel, Grilled Banana, and Vanilla Ricottaimg_5934

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Rock, Paper, ScissorsToast with Smoked Salmonimg_6059

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Corn Fritters

An old standby.img_6062

Colonial Tramcar RestaurantCapsicum Dip and Hummus with Crackers

This whole experience was a delight: driving around Melbourne on a luxurious Victorian era tramcar while eating delicious food–what could be better?img_1651

Chicken Breast with Citrus Glaze, Scalloped Potatoes, and Mixed Vegetablesimg_1660

Beef Two Ways with a Red Wine Jus, Scalloped Potatoes, and Vegetablesimg_1661

A Trio of Desserts: Cheesecake with Fresh Berries, Walnut Chocolate Brownie, Pana Cottaimg_1664

Christmas-A Christmas Feast featuring prawns (cooked on the barbie!), lamb, kangaroo skewers (it tastes like beef/lamb), cherries (can’t have a Christmas here without them), and mango (another necessity)img_6108

And dessert! A traditional English pudding.img_6114

Coffee ClubChai Latteimg_6132

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Light Start Breakfast

A version of the traditional English full breakfast, especially with the tomato.img_6136

Eggs, Poached, and Toast with Bacon

Again, a tomato reminiscent of England.img_6137

Eggs Benedict

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French Toast with Caramelized Bananaimg_6139

Musterer’s HutHam and Cheese Toastieimg_6301

Kiwi Juice

Very New Zealand-y and super delicious–who knew?img_6324

The BathhouseOysters with Cucumber Granita, Smoked Salmon on Toast, Kingfish Cevicheimg_6386

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Buttery Potato Mashimg_6389

Rocket, Pear, Walnut Saladimg_6390

Seared Tuna, Prawns, Blue Codimg_6393

Green Lipped Mussels, Clamsimg_6394

Ricotta and Truffle Gnocchi with Pumpkin and Beetroot Pureesimg_6396

Balls and BanglesFur Ball Donut

A light fluffy donut coated in chocolate and covered in coconut–mmmmm.  Also, it’s super fun to fill your own donut with a syringe full of chocolate mousse.

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Erik’s Fish and ChipsDeep Fried Kiwi

Coated in cinnamon sugar, the kiwi inside was hot and soft; it tasted like a stewed apple. Yum!

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MORE Meals in Melbourne

The Cuisine

Here are some MORE snapshots of delicious Australian food.

Jack Greene-Pulled Pork Burger

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Greek Lamb Burger

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Wallaby Burger

Yep, wallaby.  It tastes a bit gamey but also kinda just like beef.  Really not half bad.

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Honey Badger Dessert Cafe-Black Panookie

A cookie baked in a pan=a panookie.  This cafe’s most popular dish is this one, and specifically, this flavor–chocolate.  A rich, fudge-y chocolate cookie with chocolate chips is topped with toasted marshmallow, a hearty scoop of chocolate ice cream, toasted graham cracker crumbs, almond slivers, and a drizzle of chocolate sauce.  S’mores in its best form.

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Chai Tea

In cafe’s here, tea is always served with an individually steeped pot and lots of miniature accessories and additions.  This was my first time ordering chai and it came with frothed milk (it’s the little things!).

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Eggs Benedict

Supposedly the best eggs Benedict in Tasmania… they lived up to their name.

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French Toast

With cinnamon, macadamia nuts, a caramel bavarois, and an orange glaze–mmmm.

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Toast, Eggs, and Bacon 

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Lucky Ducks Cafe-Lasagna

I got the last serve of the night, so the piece was extra large.  It was also extra delicious.

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Seafood Stew

Being on an island, Tasmania, we had to try the seafood.  This stew had it all in one: prawns, mussels, clams, fish, etc.

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Fish and Chips

A classic found in almost any restaurant.

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Chocolate Caramel Cake

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Melbourne Bakehouse-Chocolate Mousse Cake

To celebrate on my mom’s birthday, November 7th, we picked up a small cake from the local bakery.  It was chocolate cake with a layer of chocolate mousse and a layer of caramel in the midst covered in chocolate frosted and coated with chocolate shavings.  Only one word can describe this cake: decadent.

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The Exchange Hotel-Chicken and Mustard Pie

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Chicken Parm

Chicken parm is everywhere!  Apparently, this is one of the best in Melbourne, so I had to find out for myself.  I got the “regular” sized one which is enormous (the petite is half this size).  However, it was amazing and surely lived up to the claim.

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Schnitzel

Another food that is ubiquitous, especially at pubs/bars.  Also, side note, but I’ll eat anything served in a miniature version of the cooking implement (i.e. these chips).

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Grill’d

Moroccan Lamb Burger

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Crispy Bacon and Cheese Burger

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Caesar’s Palace Burger

A chicken caesar salad on a bun! With rosemary-coated chips. Yum!

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