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Melbourne Recommendations

Hi Mikey
Here are a few more suggestions for you.........
There are loads of great coffee places but do try the following....Dead Man Espresso - Sth Melb, Market Lane Cafe @ Prahran Market in Prahran, St Ali - Sth Melb.
The Victoria Market is a wonderful food experiences for all of the senses, there is a fabulous bratwurst stall, where you can get for about $8 a seriously good spicey bratwurst in a roll with, mustards, sauerkraut etc - makes a great & cheap lunch. Can also browse the deli hall & pick up some local cheeses etc.
I would also recommend visiting some of Melbourne's rooftop bars - especially if you are lucky with the weather. There are loads of them in the city. These are my picks.
Siglo, which is on the roof of the Melbourne Supper Club which worth a visit for a drink. This is a more sophisticated crowd.
Roof Top Bar (this one is quite grungey, but cool) @ Curtain House - within the same building there is also Cookie - awesome cocktails & great Thai food. There is also Toff, which houses booths in railway carriages. All 3 venues are great & make for a great night out & are "cool & groovy".
You also should look into Hare & Grace - City - the food is excellent & their degustation menu is superb.
From your list I will second
Cumulus
Cutler
Movida - fantastic
Attica - amazing
You should also look into, Maha, Press Club, Newmarket Hotel, Bluestone, Coda, France Soir, Da Noi.
Melbourne has so many great places to eat, you will love it!
Enjoy your trip.

Mar 24, 2011
DAVJ in Australia/New Zealand

TOP 5 FOOD EXPERIENCES

Thank you to everyone for all of your wonderful & amazing tips & pointers. It has given me a great place to start.
I think I will start to formulate a bit of an itinerary & then I may do another post & then get your thoughts & tweek it from there.
Thank you again - you have all been of great help.
Cheers

Jan 26, 2011
DAVJ in Manhattan

TOP 5 FOOD EXPERIENCES

Torrisi Italian Specialties is going on the list - I checked out the website & it seems right up my alley.

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Torrisi Italian Specialties
250 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10012

Jan 26, 2011
DAVJ in Manhattan

TOP 5 FOOD EXPERIENCES

I am pleased to hear of good coffee reports. I obviously have not been to the right places for coffee. Will be sure to track these days - thank you.

Jan 26, 2011
DAVJ in Manhattan

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Thank you fm1963 - I will start Googling.
Babbo is of def interest.
Cheers

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Babbo
110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

Jan 25, 2011
DAVJ in Manhattan

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Wow - thank you Sgordon.
As I have put WD-50 on my list I will follow your suggestion of making up our own menu - I like the sound of that!
Yes you are correct - Steakhouses & Burgers are not of interest - although I do love the shakes at Shake Shack. I am keen to try something like Daisy May's for the USA BBQ experience.
You are right we don't really have Latin food in Australia, so I would be keen to try your suggestion of Cibao.
Thanks again for your wonderful suggestions.
Cheers

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WD-50
50 Clinton Street, New York, NY 10002

Cibao
72 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002

Jan 25, 2011
DAVJ in Manhattan

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Firni - thank you - a very comprehensive reply.
Yes you are right about the Asian food - Melbourne has brilliant/amazing Asian cuisine, so I would rather stay away from anything traditional, however I have eaten at Ma Peche & would like to try more, I like that it is non conventional & different so will add one of the venues to my list.
Thank you for the coffee spots - as you would know us Melbournians are very serious about our coffee & I find, as a general rule the coffee in USA to be rather sub standard comparatively - sorry if I have offended anyone :) but we have a very strong coffee culture.
WD-50 has definitely been added to the list as have several of your other suggestion.
Thank you for your time & thoughts.
Cheers

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WD-50
50 Clinton Street, New York, NY 10002

Ma Peche
15 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019

Jan 25, 2011
DAVJ in Manhattan

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Thank you - I LOVE good Indian food! Will put it on the list

Jan 25, 2011
DAVJ in Manhattan

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Hi ScoopG
Thank you - have looked at your suggested reading & am leaning towards Prune, Blue Ribbon & Torrisi so far.

Jan 25, 2011
DAVJ in Manhattan

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I suppose it is broad, but I would like to know your ultimate experiences. Happy to spend our money on worthwhile taste sensations, but not in the over $300/head market for this trip, we have a lot of meals to cover, breakfast, lunch, dinner for 7 days.
So if your must do experience is a sandwich, a 10 course degustation or a farmers market, I would like to know about it.
All cuisines & are of interest.
Thank you

Jan 25, 2011
DAVJ in Manhattan

Melbourne - Lunch specials

Without a doubt you have to go to Mo Vida, booking is essential but being a lunch you should be ok, but do try & book as far ahead as you can. They also have Mo Vida Next Door, which funnily enough is next door. You can even walk there from Tennis Centre - it is opposite Fed Square.
Mamasita (real Mexican) is also a favourite, as is Cookie (Thai). Awesome food at both. After you have finished your lunch at Cookie you then head up to the Roof Top bar to enough the sunshine & great views over the city.
The above mentioned venues are not set price, but they are all great for small plates that you share.
Enjoy Melbourne......

Jan 25, 2011
DAVJ in Australia/New Zealand

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I would be really interested to get your valuable tips on where to eat in Manhattan.
I am wanting to plan an amazing gastronomic week for a friend & I who are meeting up in New York at the end of Feb.
I live in Melbourne, Australia & he in London, UK, we will have 7 days & I am wanting to plan for him a really incredible food itinerary. We have both been to New York before on numerous occasions & we are both absolute food lovers. Hoping to have the quintessential experiences of your wonderful city.
Our interest lies in all things food & I would like to mix it up a bit in terms of cuisine, price and style.
We will be staying LES, but are happy to go anywhere within Manhattan & immediate surrounds.
Would really appreciate your local insights on where to eat/drink, from cheap & cheerful to 5 star, including your top 5 food experiences.
Thank you in advance.
Cheers

Jan 25, 2011
DAVJ in Manhattan