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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 Italian, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

The Italian

Melbourne

Acquaint yourself with Melbourne's suave, impeccably presented Italian, where Italian classics are reinvented and embellished by a stellar wine list.

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Meko Dining Fusion Cuisine

Wantirna

Meko Dining creates top quality fusion delicacies for the community of Melbourne. Fusion Cuisine combines elements of various culinary traditions...

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Florina's Greek Tavern

Malvern

Home-style cuisine is what guests can expect at Florina’s Greek Tavern on Malvern’s High Street. Just like the little taverns you stumble across on...

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HQ's on William

Melbourne

Overlooking historical Flagstaff Gardens, HQ's offers a contemporary dining experience. Choose a quick meal from the light snacks menu or select from...

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East Imperial

Carlton

Immerse yourself in Chinese ambience and serenity at East Imperial in Carlton, where the ‘Joy and Togetherness’ of Chinese dining is emphasised....

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BangPop restaurant, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

BangPop

South Wharf

Concede the busy-ness of the Chao Praya River for the Yarra but make no compromise on the authenticity of Thai street food at BangPop on South Wharf.

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Lucky's Pizzeria

Carlton North

Servicing both students and the Carlton crowd alike, Lucky’s Pizzeria offers good food without pretentiousness. This simple restaurant is warm and...

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Richmond Seafood Tavern

Fitzroy North

It may have moved to North Fitzroy, but Richmond Seafood Tavern is still going strong. Nestled between Alexandra Avenue and Rae Street, it’s a great...

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Dunyazad

Balwyn North

Dunyazad in North Balwyn is a large suburban restaurant that’s been serving traditional Middle Eastern dinners for 21 years and is still going...

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Silo By Joost, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Image: Roberto Seba

Silo by Joost

Melbourne

It's the novel sustainability initiatives that'll bring you to Silo by Joost, but it's the deceptively simple seasonal menu that'll bring you back.

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