Gingerboy, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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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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Maha, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Maha

Melbourne

Get your fill of top-shelf Middle Eastern cuisine at Shane Delia's Maha in the city, winner of a chef's hat from The Age Good Food Guide.

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Quanjude

Melbourne

Quanjude is a traditional Chinese restaurant, which is renowned for its Peking duck and famed all-duck banquet, complimented by a list of quality...

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Omah's

Hawthorn

Meaning grandmother in Malay, Omah’s encapsulates traditional Malaysian and Nonya cooking in Hawthorn. The extensive menu offers an authentic taste...

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Tho Tho

Richmond

A staple in Richmond, Tho Tho is the largest restaurant on Victoria Street’s Vietnamese strip. A modern and expansive restaurant, Tho Tho is warm,...

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Money Order Office

Melbourne

Down an obscure laneway off Little Burke Street, Money Order Office (affectionately known as MOO to those in the know), has had a makeover of late,...

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The Farm Cafe

Abbotsford

Collingwood Children's Farm at Abbotsford offers city folk a taste of country life. When the kids take a break from squawking at the chickens and...

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Steer Bar and Grill

South Yarra

Awarded One Chef Hat - The Age Good Food Guide 2013Bringing New York-style to South Yarra, Steer Bar & Grill is a bold and strikingly sumptuous...

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Chingon, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Chingón

Richmond

Take it to the streets at Chingón, street for 'awesome' and serving up six awesome street-food style tacos in a no-frills shop on Swan Street.

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Ladro, Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia

Ladro

Fitzroy

Book in advance to get a taste of the gastronomic magic that is a Ladro pizza at the perennially popular pizzeria's original Gertrude Street location.

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Amorosa

Williamstown

Re-ignite your love affair with traditional Italian cuisine at Amarosa, a rustic neighbourhood eatery in Williamstown. With large communal tables and...

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