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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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Brutale, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Brutale

Melbourne

Bust the potato and vodka stereotypes with a menu featuring diverse culinary offerings from across Eastern Europe and lashings of Croatian wine.

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Once a Tailor

Hawthorn

Glenferrie Road is never short of a new cafe, but Once a Tailor is a truly welcome addition to the busy strip. This newcomer puts an Italian spin not...

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The Montague

South Melbourne

An old corner pub with new life in the restaurant and bar, The Montague serves modern and affordable food within a welcoming atmosphere. The menu...

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Svago

Kew

The chic Svago restaurant is the Italian mainstay on Kew's up and coming High Street. The menu is designed to share, and the wine list is entirely...

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Escagrill

Moonee Ponds

Escagrill is a classic modern Italian steak, seafood and oyster bar, where fresh premium produce is combined with elegant dining and superior...

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Little India Bistro

South Yarra

Little India Bistro & Tandoor is a South Yarra restaurant offering some of the more characteristic dishes of North India, especially Punjab. Think...

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Pinotta

Fitzroy North

With exposed brick walls, good old Italian service and homemade pasta, Pinotta is one of Melbourne’s best Italian restaurants. Located on best Street...

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Liar Liar

Hawthorn

Run by the team at Three Bags Full and Two Birds One Stone, Liar Liar is a Hawthorn cafe staple. Just off busy Glenferrie Road, Liar Liar sees a mix...

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Gurkhas Kitchen

Fitzroy North

Serving palate tingling Nepalese food, Gurkhas Kitchen caters for all occasions. Whether it’s a birthday party or a corporate function, the...

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Merchant, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Merchant

Melbourne

Sit alongside a striking watercolour mural, sip a classic Bellini and dine on traditional north-eastern Italian fare to be transported to Venice.

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