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'What did you eat' is usually the first question after a night out in Melbourne, and the answer could be just about anything thanks to Melbourne's dizzying array of dining options and the city-wide emphasis on the stomach.

Multicultural mix and wallet-friendly eats
Trawl Melbourne's distinct ethnic dining precincts to feed a craving for those just-back-from-holiday hankerings for authentic Pad Thai, South Indian curry, Yucatecan cochinita pibil, or Middle Eastern mezze. The city's traditional multicultural mix is represented on the plate and new ingredients are constantly being added.

Depending on how far from payday you are, there's a dining option to suit. Fill up at the myriad ethnic eateries or the buzzing cafes with their filling baguettes and single origin coffees. Plenty of upmarket restaurants offer mid-week lunch specials to let you taste how the other half dine.

Finest dining
The Melburnian love of a good meal has placed the city in the top echelons of global dining, with Anthony Bourdain famously declaring, 'I'd rather eat in Melbourne than Paris.' Local chefs hone their skills around the world, then return home to establish one-of-a-kind restaurants in typically Melbourne venues. Many of the world's best chefs set up Melbourne outposts or guest-chef at local favourites to complement the scene.

Eat your own adventure
Eating out in Melbourne can be an adventure, thanks to an increasing number of LA-style mobile food vans and their use of social media to advertise their changing locations. Sign up, track them down, and pig out.

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The Moat, The Wheeler Centre, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

The Moat

Melbourne

Burrow beneath the Wheeler Centre, Literary Melbourne's literary heart, to Moat, for morning coffee and post-literary event vinous ruminations.

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Lord Cardigan Restaurant

Albert Park

Lord Cardigan is fast becoming one of Melbourne's favourite Albert Park restaurants. Their menu is distinctively Australian with European and Asian...

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Livingroom Malvern

Malvern

Awarded One Chef Hat - The Age Good Food Guide 2012Livingroom offers consistently good food in a relaxed Malvern setting. The spacious restaurant...

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Madame K’s Vegetarian

Fitzroy

Situated on bustling Brunswick Street, Madame K’s Vegetarian boast an innovative vegetarian menu with a definitive Asian twist. Dishes such as...

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Café Lua

Carlton

Corner-side eatery Café Lua is a favourite of students, locals and office types alike, serving an eclectic mix of all-day fare. Think huevos...

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Asakusa

Malvern East

Named after the riverside prefecture in Tokyo, Asakusa is a neighbourhood Japanese eatery in Malvern, best known for its crispy salmon skin roll....

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Bossy Boots

Brighton

A warm and welcoming Brighton beacon, Bossy Boots cafe makes the home-style produce you wish you had time to make yourself. It’s warm, welcoming...

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The Cosmopolitan

Wantirna

The Cosmopolitan is a modern international a la carte restaurant and bar. The Cosmopolitan has a relaxed atmosphere that is promoted by the stylish...

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The Trust

Melbourne

Occupying one of the beautiful high-ceilinged rooms in the old Port Authority Building in Melbourne, The Trust Restaurant has transformed a...

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