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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Nama Nama, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Nama Nama

Melbourne

Get your hands on a reusable bento box, all its compartments filled up with oodles of Nama Nama's udon, nori rolls, nama katsu, or breakfast.

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Cafe Di Stasio, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Cafe Di Stasio

St Kilda

Discover the magic of St Kilda’s Café di Stasio, from the classic Italian fare and inspired Italian wine list to the bow-tied waiters and white linen.

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Porcino

Collingwood

To make your booking please contact the restaurant by phone or via facsimile. Porcino Restaurant is open Tuesday - Sunday between 5. 00pm - 10. 00pm....

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Shallot Thai

Malvern East

Offering a true profusion of true Thai tastes, Shallot Thai is a well known haunt to Malvern East locals. From the more subtle dishes classed as mild...

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A Caterpillar’s Dream

Kew

The Very Hungry Caterpillar once ate its way through plump fruit and delicious vegies to transform into a butterfly. A Caterpillar’s Dream could host...

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Casa Ciuccio

Fitzroy

Rustic, casual and full of character, Casa Ciuccio is the latest from the Bar Lourinha team. This Fitzroy favourite offers a Mediterranean-inspired...

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GG Restaurant & Wine Bar

East Melbourne

Right opposite the MCG, on the ground level of one of Melbourne’s most exclusive apartment blocks is East Melbourne’s GG restaurant and bar. This...

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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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Charcoal Grill on the Hill

Kew

Within the formal, dark red walls of Charcoal Grill on the Hill, steak eating has become a serious and ceremonious business in Kew. This uber-popular...

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Jolimont Pleasure Garden

Melbourne

In Federation Square at the mouth of the Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia sits a funky little cafe and bar with a name that’ll make you smile....

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