We don’t really have Australian food, unless you count things like Witchetty Grubs, but they are possibly an exotic type of food. When cooked on a shovel over hot coals, they taste like hard boiled eggs.
We could hit the Vic market and have some steamed Dim Sims, perhaps some Flake (Shark) from a fish and chip shop. Shark is a food that the people of Melbourne and Japan have in common as a normal food. In my case, one of my preferred foods.
Even if you don’t have shark with us Ralph, perhaps you should endeavour to eat some. The best are from Fish and Chip shops. To get the best flavour, ensure it is cooked on a hot plate, not fried in oil encased in a batter. The shark invariably on offer in Victoria, is Gummy Shark.
LOL No, that's a pure Adelaide "delicacy". Nor can you get a pie and peas, as in Brisbane. As Mick says, you have to try grilled flake from a fish & chips shop.
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No, what Ralph needs is a chiko roll, washed down with a chocolate milk. A truly Australian summer dining experience - can only be improved by getting a severe sunburn at the same time!
I'm reconsidering our meeting. You guys eat what I throw away.
We could always do "Modern Australian". You know, where you will get a tiny piece of meat (generally 1 lamb cutlet, with everything cut away, bar the bone and 5gms of meat), a twig of something green with a drizzle of juz (what the heck is juz?) on a plate the size of a truck hubcap and pay $50 to $100 for the privilege!
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Surely, the thing Melbourne is famous for (and makes us awesome compared to Sydney), is our cafe culture - the very Australasian "Flat White" and a nice cafe lunch, followed by a wander around locally?
Originally Posted by munz6869
Have you been to Melbourne before?
Here's my rundown of food and night life in Melb (CBD), usually where I go with friends when I'm out for dinner or drinks.
despite not being Australian, a parma, or steak with chips & salad is pretty much aussie pub food at it's best. Or something with roo in it, Yes, that's right we eat the animals on our national coat of arms...
For restaurants, you can generally go anywhere in the CBD and find restaurants, but some good pockets are:
- Little Bourke between Swanston St and Spring St (china town, also some really nice non-asian restaurants and grills up the Spring St end --- Try Mrs Parma for good parmas and Victorian microbrew beers)
- hardware lane between bourke and lonsdale - mostly grills and italian, some are good, some are hit and miss I've found.
- degraves st between flinders lane and flinders st, mostly cafe's, good place to go for lunch
- Southbank - all the way from Swanston st up to the casino on Spencer St, some good restaurants - try Meat and Wine Co, bearbrass is good for an ale or three, it's near my work so been there a few times.
- A couple of ok places at Fed Square, but wouldn't be my first choice - Transport has lots of different beer, gets a bit crowded though.
- Little Collins up around Russell St there are lots of good bars, try Gin Palace, Spice Market, Red Humming bird, Long room
Or, just go for a wander and see what you find, often there are really interesting places that are just a doorway or down a dark alley, at night there tends to be more going on towards the east side of the city in my opinion, from elizabeth st down to spring st in between flinders and la trobe. (that's a big area, pretty much half of the city).
If you're so inclined... night clubs and strippers on King Street, but it's pretty feral, I'd stay away. Plus the casino... again, gambling doesn't interest me much.
Unlike Sydney though where the CBD is mostly offices, there are nightlife, cafe's, restaurants scattered around the place, one of the things about Melbourne is all of the little lanes and cafe's you see everywhere, so don't be afraid to go for a wander.
Sunset on April 2nd will be about 7:15. This times nicely with a drink and/or dinner.
Working back, is it worth suggesting a 2-3pm start time? This gives plenty of daylight, plus some twilight. Melbourne has a lot of nightlife, so plenty of night time street shots for those so inclined later on...
The two best meeting points for the city are probably the Queen Victoria markets (close at 3pm) or Federation Square (some comedy festival related action here).
Bump! Do we have consensus on this yet - less than a fortnight to go!!!