Top 5 Melbourne’s Best Dinners 2018

Dinner encompasses such a vast amount of different cuisines and occasions – from a casual family gathering, friend catch ups, to the rarer, special date nights and celebrations. Melbourne restaurants have something for you all. From Japanese, to Italian or Middle Eastern, the list of cuisines Melbourne can serve up goes on and on. Considering the Michelin guide hasn’t made its way to here yet, what else to rely on other than our unique fat-o-meter? 😉

So here are my top 5 favourite restaurants in Melbourne for lunch/dinner in random order with links to the detailed blogpost if you click its name and a must-order dish from each (followed by honourable mentions because I couldn’t decide):

Top 5 Best Melbourne Restaurants for Dinner:

1. LA BAIA BAR CUCINA, ALBERT PARK – BEST ITALIAN FOOD IN MELBOURNE in a classy Italian dining establishment with live music and overlooking St Kilda beach

  • Vincigrassi (12 Hrs. braised beef cheek ragu w. layers of hand crafted pasta, creamy béchamel sauce, mozzarella, parmigiano)
  • Linguine allo Scoglio with Grilled Yabby

http://www.labaiabarcucina.com/

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2. FUJITEI, ST KILDA – BEST JAPANESE FOOD IN MELBOURNE

  • Gin Dara Saikyo Miso Yaki (Cured black cod)
  • Hotate Yaki (Hokkaido Japanese scallop, pan seared in Japanese sake dressed and flame torched Mentai spicy cod roe mayonnaise)

https://www.fujitei.com.au/

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3. MOOR’S HEAD, CARLTON – BEST UNIQUE RESTAURANT IN MELBOURNE featuring Middle Eastern pizzas

  • Turkamisu (Inauthentic Tiramisu with cardamom coffee, Walnut Liquer and Crushed Pistachios)
  • The Istanbuli (Spiced Roast Pumpkin, Spinach, Caramalised Onion, Tahini Yoghurt, Hazelnut Dukkah, Parsley)

https://www.themoorshead.com/

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4. 48 HOUR PIZZA AND GNOCCHI BAR, ELSTERNWICK – PERFECT EVERY OCCASION RESTAURANT IN MELBOURNE + BEST PIZZA IN MELBOURNE

  • Pizza Di Parma (Tomato sauce, mozzarella fior di latte, prosciutto di Parma, air freighted buffalo mozzarella rocket, Parmigiano)
  • Antipasto 48h

http://www.48h.com.au/

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5. MANSAE KOREAN BBQ AND BAR, MELBOURNE CBD: BEST KOREAN BBQ IN MELBOURNE

  • Marinated wagyu belly

https://www.mansaekbbq.com.au/menu

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Honourable Mentions:

Berth, Docklands – BEST MELBOURNE RESTAURANT WITH VIEWS

  • Wild mushroom arancini (Truffle aioli & sticky balsamic)
  • Hervey bay scallops (Cauliflower puree & macadamia dukkah crumble)

Dainty Sichuan Hotpot, Box HillPrawn mash with fish roe

Homi Noodle Bar, Melbourne CBD – BEST LAMB RIBS IN MELBOURNE

  • Twice cooked caramel lamb ribs (Coffee caramel glaze, pickled shallots)

Gradi Crown, South Bank: Margherita Pizza

Shanghai Red: Although I have enjoyed all Chinese restaurants!

  • Xiao Long Bao

And voilà! Now we have the best Melbourne restaurants for dinner – complete with all different types of cuisines from one corner of the globe to the other, and suitable for any of your occasions. Hope this unbiased list of my favourite Melbourne restaurants helps you with your culinary journey in Melbourne!

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