Highlights – The pastas are hand made here, fresh as per the requests of customers and wines are imported from different parts of the globe. With world-class ambience, excellent customer service and foods that brought memories of traditional Italy, Scopri is a wonderful place to hang out with friends and family.
Location – 191, Nicholson Street, Carlton, Melbourne.
Price for two – Approximately 150AUD. Speciality dishes – All kinds of Italian dishes like eye fillet, Sicilian rabbit, seafood risotto, zucchini flowers, capretto rustico, pasta stuffed with seafood, wagyu beef entrée and lemon & rhubarb Panacotta. These are just few samples of must-try dishes here.
Timings- 12noon to 3PM and 6PM to 10PM from Monday to Friday; 6PM to 10PM on Saturdays. The restaurant remains closed on Sundays.
Da Guido Melbourne la Pasta
Highlights – All pastas are made fresh here with natural and fresh ingredients, just the way guests want them to be. The restaurant specialises in traditional dishes that are made in the kitchens of Italy. Healthy and Italian cuisine, Italian-speaking staff members, impeccable interiors, spotlessly clean place and exquisite tableware prove to be great accompaniments for the excellent food offered here. This is one of those rare places that provides you the exact Italian flavour in their dishes.
Location – 128-130, Lygon Street, Carlton,Melbourne.
Price for two – Around 110AUD. Speciality dishes – Steak starters and all kinds of pastas.
Timings – 12noon to 3PM & 6PM to 11PM.
Rice Paper Scissors
Highlights – All foods are prepared with the help of organic ingredients in the most natural way possible. If you have been to the hawker dining bars of South East Asia, this restaurant will look familiar. Modelled on the same design, this provides a shared eating concept. This means you can sample a great variety of dishes, especially if you go as a large group.
Location – 19, Liverpool Street, CBD, Melbourne.
Price for two – Approximately 80AUD. Speciality dishes – Beef salad, duck salad, lamb ribs, soft shell crab, all kinds of tapas including fried chicken & pork buns, pear Bellini and all kinds of drinks served here.
Timings – 12PM to 3PM & 6PM till 12AM(Wed, Thurs & Fri). 12PM to 12AM (weekends) and 6PM to 12AM(Mon & Tues).
Highlights – If you are looking at a slightly upmarket bar-cum-restaurant where you can not only taste great Armenian dishes but also get your hands on the world’s best imported wines and alcoholic drinks, this is the place for you. Great interiors, highly-accommodative staff, ability to host family functions and quick & professional service are some of the factors that make this place one of the loved restaurants in Melbourne.
Location – 6, Melbourne Place, CBD.
Price for two – 120AUD approximately.
Speciality dishes – All the wines, spanner crab manti, carrot knafeh, lamb neck wrapped with kataifi, chicken wings, crispy tongue of lamb, beef cheeks, crab dumpling, etc.
Timings – 12noon to 3PM & 5.30PM to 10PM; Closed on Sundays.
Dinner by Heston Blumenthal
Highlights – Located at the Crown Melbourne, this restaurant produces modern, contemporary and ancient European dishes with absolute ease and perfection. The prices are quite steep here; however the magical interiors and highly professional customers service more than makes up for it. At a luxury dining place, what else can you expect? Enjoy the attention and pampering that you get at the Heston’s as hospitality is this group’s main forte.
Location – Crown Melbourne, 8, Whiteman Street, South Bank, Melbourne.
Price for two – Close to 300AUD.
Speciality dishes – Meat fruit, bread pudding, chicken oysters, trouts, octopus, Snapper, Tipsy Cake, Powdered Duck Breast and more.
Timings – 5.30PM to 11PM (Mon to Thurs); 12noon to 2PM & 5.30PM to 11PM (Fri & Sat) and 5.30PM to 11PM (Sun).
Ecau De Vie
Highlights – Whiskeys and cocktails offered here are considered to be the best among all the bars in Melbourne. The best thing that you will find here is that the staff members are quite knowledgeable about the menu and will suggest some great drinks for you that you would have never heard of earlier! You have to reserve here in advance on all the days, because the bar gets too crowded within a short time of opening.
Location – 1, Malthouse Lane, Melbourne CBD. Price for two – Close to 90AUD. Speciality dishes – Oceanside Cocktail, Nitrogen Espresso Martini, Smoky Rob Roy, espresso zabaione, Kingston, 4 cheese sandwich and many more.
Timings – 5PM to 1AM.
The Grain Store
Highlights – Serving some of the excellent European snacks and coffee, this outlet has great ambience and wonderful interiors which are more than enough to attract a steady stream of visitors all through the day. Visit here during the mornings to see how busy this place can get. Why not? It offers a healthy spread of dishes which have found many takers today.
Location – 517, Flinders Lane, Melbourne CBD. Price for two - Around 70AUD. Speciality dishes – Salmon & quinoa spread, bacon, smoked mozzarella bagel, sweet corn fritters, fried poach egg seasoned with herbs and spices, potato rosti and the coffee.
Timings – 7AM to 4PM (Mon to Fri) and 8AM to 4PM (Sat & Sun).
Highlights – With a marble bar and an open kitchen, you might expect Tipo 00 to be one of those flashy restaurants in town. It is not; in fact, it is a far cry from that. Expect to be treated with great hospitality and care when you step into this restaurant. Traditional pastas that are made at home with the choicest of herbs are used for preparing the pastas that are churned out in the kitchens every day.
Location – 361, Little Bourke Street, Melbourne CBD.
Price for two – Around 140AUD. Speciality dishes – Crispy chips with rosemary flavour, Creamy risottos, octopus, rabbit pappardelle, ink pastas with squid, tiramisu and topomisu.
Timings – 11.30AM to 10PM from Monday to Saturday; Sundays closed.
The Hardware Societe
Highlights – This quiet, little café in Melbourne specialises in exquisite French cuisine and offers to provide a highly memorable experience for its guests. It achieves this by making guests feel at ease and providing them foods that taste like home-made delicacies. Simple yet excellent interior decors, great & hospitable staff, quick service, personalised attention, great food and highly competitive prices are the major highlights of this café.
Location - 118 to 120, Hardware Street, Melbourne CBD.
Price for two – Around 65AUD.
Speciality dishes – Lobster Benedict, fried brioche, Bircher, all kinds of baked egg dishes, Hot chocolate and many more.
Timings – 7.30AM to 3PM (Mon to Fri); 8.30AM to 2PM (weekends).
Highlights – As you step into this bar, you will feel an ancient-world charm in its setting, which creates certain nostalgic moments in you. The staff members note down all personal requirements of guests and prepare food in exactly the same way. This place keeps getting repeat customers due to its attention to details and the way it takes good care of its guests.
Location – 43, Little Bourke Street, Melbourne CBD. Price for two – Close to 180AUD.
Speciality dishes – Five course meals, wagyu tartare, quail, cheese soufflé, honey ice cream, red wine, rhubarb ice cream, pork loin, Brandy Apple Desert and more.
Timings – 12noon to 12AM (Mon to Thurs); 12noon to 1.30AM (Fri); 3PM to 1.30AM (Sat) and 3PM to 12AM (Sun).
Highlights – With lots of demand for Thai cuisine coming up in all parts of the globe, many restaurants have started replicating the same. However not all cuisines match up to the authentic flavours of Thailand. Only a few restaurants get it right and Longrain is one of them. The interiors and ambience too are designed as per Thai culture to give an authentic feel to the restaurant.
Location - 44, Little Bourke Street, Melbourne CBD.
Price for two – Around 140AUD. Speciality dishes – Coconut poached chicken seasoned with green papaya and mint from Vietnam, all dishes in the banquet menu, caramelised pork hork, Vodka mixed with lychee and passion fruit, Lamb backstrap, etc.
Timings – 6PM to 10PM (Mon to Thur); 12noon to 3PM & 5.30PM to 11PM (Fri) and 5,30PM to 11PM (Weekends).
Highlights – Apart from traditional Middle Eastern cuisine, this restaurant comes with innovative cuisines every day, thanks to the restaurant’s expert chef, Shane Della. The dining space is located underground, which provides a unique experience to guests coming here. Great ambience and highly attentive staff are the major positives of this joint. The restaurant sells spices as well, which is given as a small sample for guests who leave the place!
Location – 21, Bond Street, Melbourne CBD
Price for two – Approximately 300AUD; Lunch for two costs around 150AUD. Speciality dishes – Five course vegetarian meals, starter drink of Maha Elixir, almost all lamb dishes, all dishes on the spice journey soufra, Turkish delights, etc.
Timings – 12noon to 3PM & 6PM to 10.30PM (Mon to Fri and Sunday); 6PM to 10PM on Saturdays.
The Railway Club Hotel Steakhouse
Highlights – A traditional bar with one of the world’s best collection of wines, this place offers great a la carte menu and features some of the best pub food delicacies that you have been craving for. As the name suggests, steaks of this hotel, are one of the best you can ever get in Australia as they are cooked in perfect consistency using the right flavours.
Location – 107 Raglan Street, Port Melbourne.
Price for two – Around 120AUD. Speciality dishes – Great steaks, Calamari & prawns platter, mushroom & pepper sauce, hand-cut chips etc.
Timings - !2Noon to 3PM & 6PM to 9PM (Mon to Sat); 12noon to 9PM (Sun).
Highlights – Set in a slightly upmarket setting, this is a place you have to go if you want to try Vietnamese fusion dishes, with a generous dash of innovation in them. You can also get to taste some lovely Asian dishes here. Located in the strategic location of CBD, this place is known for its awesome seafood varieties.
Location – 141, Flinders Lane, Melbourne CBD. Price for two – Close to 200AUD; lunch for two comes to around 120AUD.
Speciality dishes – Zucchini fritters, yellow duck curry, seafood platter, crispy prawns, black sirloin, Morton bay hug served on lime betel leaves and impressive collection of wines.
Timings – 12noon to 3PM & 6PM to 10.30PM.
Vue de Monde
Highlights – Set up on the 55th floor of the Rialto building, this restaurant provides you refreshing views of the beautiful landscapes of Melbourne as you enjoy your exquisite delicacies. Expert Chef Shannon Bennett weaves magic on the artistic, tasty and innovative dishes here. The interiors are elegance personified and this is one of those go to places for you to get noticed.
Location – Level 55, Rialto, Collins Street, Melbourne CBD.
Price for two – A whopping 600AUD (approximately).
Speciality dishes – All kinds of degustations accompanied by the world’s best wines and drinks, seafood with mayonnaise stuffed fried chicken, etc.
Timings – 12noon to 4PM & 6PM to 12AM.
Rare Steakhouse Uptown
Highlights – If you think you have tasted the world’s best steaks and cannot be satisfied with anything better, you have to try steaks at this joint. Cooked perfectly, the tender steaks give out a flavour which makes your mouth water as soon as you see them. Though it is a steakhouse, the coffee that it offered here is far better than some of the best cafes that you have ever come across. Try out the different platters here so that you can sample various dishes.
Location – 61, Little Collins Street, Melbourne CBD.
Price for two – Around 150AUD; Lunch for two comes to around 80AUD.
Speciality dishes – Steaks, garlic prawns with Greek salad, mushroom sauce, chocolate flourless cake and great wines.
Timings – 12noon to 3PM & 5.30PM - 10PM.
The Press Club
Highlights – With all the glamour and elegance that The Press Club has got to offer you, it is absolutely alright if you get transported to Greece for a short span of time that you are here. With scintillating interiors, great music at the background, highly professional staff and a list of delicious dishes to explore, the Press Club has been rated as one of Australia’s top 100 restaurants.
Location – 72, Flinders Street, Melbourne CBD.
Price for two – Around 280AUD; lunch for two – around 160AUD.
Speciality dishes – Great cocktails, pannacota, rice pudding, octopus, crispy pork etc.
Timings – 12noon – 3PM & 6PM – 10.30PM (Mon to Sat); Sundays closed.
Highlights – Don’t forget to try the innovation cuisines of Japanese and Korean styles served at this place, as they are surely one of their kinds available in all of Melbourne. Pan-Asian food is prepared by a team of highly professional experts in the open kitchens at this place. This is known to be one of the cleanest Asian eateries in the city.
Location – 180, Flinders Lane, Melbourne CBD.
Price for two – Around 140AUD.
Speciality dishes – lobster rolls, pork dishes, good choice of drinks at the bar, lamb, cuttlefish salad, fried custard along with ginger syrup, excellent Pan-Asian dumplings, etc.
Timings – 11AM to 11PM.
Highlights – As you enter into the restaurant, you get a rustic feel as the place with its dark wood interiors, geometric tiles on floors and dim lights. The bar here is lit pleasingly and has an amazing collection of wines and alcoholic beverages. This restaurant is not visited by many people, because not many are aware of its presence.
Location – 19, ADC Lane, Melbourne CBD.
Price for two – Around 120AUD.
Speciality dishes – Pisco Sour Cocktail, Ceviche, beef skewers, slow-cooked alpaca ribs, cherry chocolate desserts, etc.
Timings – 12noon to 1AM.
Highlights – The design of this restaurant is modelled after the hawker dining joints found commonly in Southeast Asia like Thailand. Only natural ingredients are used to prepare dishes freshly, as per the tastes and preferences of guests. Food can be consumed in sharing concept, which helps people who go as a big group to sample many dishes. There is always a big queue found outside this hotel; hence it is highly recommended to make reservations in advance so that you can avoid disappointments.
Location – 125, Flinders Lane, Melbourne CBD.
Price for two – Around 160AUD.
Speciality dishes – caramelised pork, barramundi fish, penang curry, Massaman curry and good choice of drinks.
Timings – 11AM to 11PM.
Highlights – Located in a strategic location in the heart of Melbourne city, Cumulus Inc. is a bar-cum-café offering great coffee and alcoholic beverages. The accompaniments to these drinks are traditional European snacks, prepared with a modern twist, to cater to the diverse tastes of international guests coming to this place. Modern European and contemporary cuisine are the major highlights of this bar. The staff members are friendly and are quite accommodative of the requests of guests. The place has an open kitchen; so you can be assured about the hygiene of your food. Bookings in advance are not allowed.
Location – 45, Flinders Lane, Melbourne CBD.
Price for two – Around 150AUD.
Speciality dishes – Bircher Muesli, smoked mackerel, brisket charcuterie, rum baba, etc.
Timings – 7AM to 11PM (Mon to Fri); 8AM to 11PM (Sat & Sun.)
Highlights – The restaurant, filled with murals all over, provides a very cosy ambience to guests who come here to taste the exotic grilled dishes cooked in authentic Italian herbs and spices. You can also get to taste a variety of Mediterranean dishes here. This restaurant’s bar has a wide collection of local and imported wines and other drinks. You have try out their soft, house-made bread when you come here. It is absolutely heavenly.
Location – 80, Bourke Street, Melbourne CBD.
Price for two – Around 150AUD.
Speciality dishes – Calamari, capers, broad bean dip, tiramisu, coffee, black pudding, etc.
Timings – 12noon to 3PM & 5.30PM to 10PM (Mon to Sat); Closed on Sundays.
Highlights – The ceilings of this restaurant is what strikes you first as soon as you enter the place. With art-work all over, these ceilings are a visual spectacle, indeed! The place serves one of the best Indian and contemporary cuisines ever in Australia. However, these flavours are mixed with the local Australian herbs and what the restaurant actually produces is a high degree of creativity in ths final dishes churned out.
Location – 20, Duckboard Place, Melbourne CBD.
Price for two – Around 150AUD.
Speciality dishes – All cocktails, Tandoori Chicken, lamb cutlets, carrot cake, impressive collection of international wines, Nargisi Kofta, Lamb Korma, etc.
Timings – 12noon to 3PM & 6PM to 10.30PM (Mon to Sat); Closed on Sundays.
Lucy Liu Kitchen and Bar
Location – 23, Oliver Lane, Melbourne CBD.
Price for two – Around 150AUD.
Speciality dishes – Soft-shelled crab, Yellow Fin Tubs Tataki, Vietnamese coffee ice cream, Chinese doughnuts, oysters, sticky pulled pork, lamb shoulder etc.
Timings – 11M to 11PM.
Highlights – With Chinese art-work decorating the walls and ceilings of this restaurant and with red-carpets welcoming the guests into it, Flower Drum promises guests of a high-class dining experience. This is probably one of the few places in Australia offering Cantonese meals in such style and perfection. Book in advance for some special occasions in your life at this place and you will never regret the decision of coming here, ever. Food, quality of service, hospitality and ambience are all pure class here.
Location – 17, Market Lane, Melbourne CBD.
Price for two – Around 200AUD.
Speciality dishes – garfish with duck wonton, roasted duck, sticky pork ribs, mango pudding, toffee apple dumplings, all wines, etc.
Timings – 12noon to 3PM & 6PM to 10.30PM.