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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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Middle Fish, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Middle Fish

Carlton

A breakfast of Thai soup at Middle Fish with its sweet, sour and spicy flavours will immediately transport you to bleary brekkies at Thai roadsides.

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Blue Tongue Restaurant

Elwood

An Elwood icon, the long standing Blue Tongue Restaurant combines relaxed café dining with a serious selection of food and wine. The elaborate menu...

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Bar Pulpo

Melbourne Airport

Airport diners have never been so lucky. From the Frank Camorra/MoVida team, Bar Pulpo gives travellers a taste of the high life with Spanish tapas...

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KanZaman

Richmond

Fine Middle Eastern cuisine is what you can expect from Kanzaman in Richmond. Step inside the opulent dining room, decorated in Arabian Nights murals...

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Alimentari

Fitzroy

No trip to Brunswick Street is complete without a visit to this Fitzroy culinary classic, Alimentari (aka 'The Deli'), which has been keeping the...

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Centonove

Kew

Awarded One Chef Hat - The Age Good Food Guide 2012 & 2014On an average street in Kew sits a more than average Italian restaurant that has the local...

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Banh Mi Boys food truck, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Banh Mi Boys

Melbourne

Three cheers for the "bangin' banh mis", or jam-packed Vietnamese bread rolls being dished out from the Banh Mi Boys' eye-catching mobile food truck.

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Rose Diner and Bar

Port Melbourne

Port Melbourne’s iconic Rose Hotel is home to Rose Diner and Bar, a wonderfully retro eatery that will leave diners wanting more. The understated...

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Taxi Dining Room, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Taxi Dining Room

Melbourne

Experience the contemporary fusion of Japanese and Australian cuisine at one of Melbourne's most awarded fine-dining restaurants.

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Lau's Family Kitchen, St Kilda, Victoria, Australia

Lau's Family Kitchen

St Kilda

Experience the feted pedigree of the Flower Drum's almost psychic service and delectable cuisine at the more wallet-friendly Lau's Family Kitchen.

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