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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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Regency Chinese Cuisine

Melbourne

Situated in Melbourne's bustling CBD, Regency Chinese Cuisine provides a comfortable dining experience perfect for catching up with friends and...

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Vin Cellar

Prahran

Awarded One Chef Hat - The Age Good Food Guide 2012-2014The former Vin Cellar has been split into two – Vin Dining and Vin Cellar. While Vin Dining...

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Albert St Food & Wine, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Albert St Food & Wine

Brunswick

Choose from Mediterranean and 'romantically seasonal' dishes at this inner city eatery recommended by Australian Gourmet Traveller.

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Gingerboy, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Gingerboy

Melbourne

Modelled on the street kitchens of South-East Asia, Teage Ezard's hip restaurant is less rustic authenticity and more opulent interpretation.

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Bisq Cafe

Melbourne

One of the swankiest sandwich bars in Melbourne, Bisq Cafe is an oasis of cool with its charcoal-painted dining room lined with polished timber...

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Deco Wine Bar

Fitzroy North

A sweeping dining room, inlaid wood and rich colours make Deco a delightfully elegant wine, cocktail bar and restaurant in Fitzroy North. Deco...

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Neapoli, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Neapoli

Melbourne

Boasting an international menu, killer wine list and sleek design, Neapoli is equal parts all-day breakfast cafe, wine shop and Rat Pack club house.

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Tonka, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Photo: Claire Davie.

Tonka

Melbourne

Let the team behind Coda tempt you with their Indian-inspired menu lauded by both The Age Good Food Guide and Gourmet Traveller.

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Lounge

Melbourne

Hidden away in Melbourne's CBD, Lounge bar and restaurant serves as a watering hole for an eclectic crowd of students, suits and passersby. If you're...

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Sontaya

Bundoora

Cafe by day, restaurant by night, Sontaya Thai at Bundoora offers quality meals for suburban nights out 30 minutes north of the city. The dining room...

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Moon Under Water dining room, Builders Arms, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Builders Arms

Fitzroy

If you're after casual bistro fare (not exactly a pot and parma) or a quiet beer in sleek surrounds, Andrew McConnel's Builders is the place.

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Kenzan, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Kenzan

Melbourne

30 years on, Kenzan is still showing the new kids how it's done while picking up hats from The Age Good Food Guide in the process.

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Cafe Lalibela

Footscray

If Africa is on your list of top world destinations, then get an advance tour at Cafe Lalibela in Footscray, just five kilometres west of the CBD....

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Gertrude St Enoteca

Fitzroy

A cosy Fitzroy eatery that's bursting with personality, Gertrude St Enoteca is a small bar that packs a big punch. A favourite in the area thanks to...

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Rue & Co., Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Rue & Co.

Melbourne

Pop in to Collins Street's new pop-up street-food hub, a collective of container restaurants from local favourites Jimmy Grants, Kong and St Ali.

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Nyala African Restaurant

Fitzroy

Nyala African Restaurant has become a Fitzroy institution, offering diners a rare culinary adventure across the African continent with its wide...

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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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Ants Bistro

Melbourne

Amid the plethora of Melbourne’s Chinatown restaurants on Little Bourke Street lies Ants Bistro – a simple, hidden-away diner specialising in the...

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Da Noi, South Yarra, Victoria, Australia

Da Noi

South Yarra

Choose the set menu of Sardinian cuisine made with ingredients from the chef's farm and see what The Age Good Food Guide was raving about.

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Melbourne Wine Room, St Kilda, Victoria, Australia

Melbourne Wine Room

St Kilda

Treat yourself to an unforgettable night of Italian fine dining, Karen Martini-style, amid the old-world elegance of St Kilda's, The George.

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