I wasn’t sure where to post this but have replied to my original post so I hope you see it.
My apologies for the rather tardy update on our week in Melbourne but here are the highlights of what turned out to be a mostly fantastic food experience. The exception was Il Primo Posto on Southbank – yes, you may well ask why we went there but friends that evening were in charge of food and seemed to have a different way of deciding where to dine than my partner and I (i.e., do your research!). We spent a night out of Melbourne and had a couple of good plates at Frangos & Frangos in Daylesford. Thanks again for all your helpful posts.
Movida Next Door
Thanh Tam Vietnamese 172 Victoria St, Richmond
Little Mule 19, Somerset Place
Hutong Dumpling Bar, 14-16 Market Lane
Bar Idda, 132 Lygon Street, Brunswick East
Yu-u Restaurant, 137 Flinders Lane
Cumulus Inc, 45 Flinders Lane
The Waiting Room Bar, in the Crown Complex
Madame Brussels, level 3, 59 Bourke St
Bar Americano, 20 Presgrave Place
Thanks mr_gimlet and kersizm, you have both been super-helpful. We are prepared to venture out of the CBD and have a day planned shopping, browsing and eating in Fitzroy and Smith Street is also on the cards too. We did go to Richmond yesterday with our Vietnamese friend for a very tasty lunch at Tranh Tam on Richmond Rd. More soon.
We are over from New Zealand. I'm not sure what else to tell you except that we have a limited budget, appreciate good food but are not into formal dining environments. Sorry I can't be more helpful. The above post has already been very useful & I will post some comments when we get back.
Thanks kersizm, that is all incredibly helpful information. It sounds like Cumulus will be our treat night out for a Melbourne dining experience. We have actually just arrived today so thanks too for your quick reply! We will aim to check out Bar Americano later in the week.
Hello fellow Chowhounders,
I'm going to Melbourne for a week with my partner and two friends. We are interested in relaxed/ casual dining, home-style cooking and eating, small plates, and drinking some interesting cocktails. We are not into Asian fusion.
Initial research suggests the following might fit the bill:
We would like to go out one night for a higher-priced treat. We have been to Berta in Sydney and really liked that (and had the banquet option - surprise shared plates until we were full, matched with wines, fantastic). Is there a Berta-like equivalent in Melbourne that anyone would recommend? I'm sure there may be more than one.
Are these good choices and are there any others I have missed?
Thanks for your help.