10 UNIQUE F&B OUTLETS IN MELBOURNE


Hey y’all!

I told myself to complete this write up before my next trip and here I am now compiling all the unique eating places which I’ve been to during my last trip in Aug this year (2016). There are definitely more hidden gems located in this beautiful city which I call my second home. Maybe I can unearth them up during my future trips there to visit my beloved God daughter and buddies.

For those going to Melbourne for the first time, this may not be a good guide for you because first timers usually go to the usual touristy and popular places. Follow a tour if you need to but if you like free and easy like me, maybe you might wanna check out my previous posts of the following:

https://eatwithroy.com/2015/01/27/cafes-and-eateries-in-melbourne-day-1/

https://eatwithroy.com/2015/01/29/cafes-and-eateries-in-melbourne-day-2/

https://eatwithroy.com/2015/02/01/cafes-eateries-in-melbourne-day-3/

https://eatwithroy.com/2015/02/06/cafes-eateries-in-melbourne-day-4/

https://eatwithroy.com/2015/02/14/cafes-eateries-in-melbourne-day-5/

https://eatwithroy.com/2015/03/09/cafes-eateries-in-melbourne-days-6-10/

Ok let’s start this unique eating journey now.

 

1. GLADSTONE VIEWS FISH & CHIPS (CAR BONNET EXPERIENCE)

If you’re renting your cars from APEX like I did, you may be hungry after all the documentation. I found this little takeaway store not too far away, just to try some local fish and chips. It was surprisingly good, so was the burger. Just don’t look at how they prepare the food though, hygiene is definitely questionable. But after deep frying, no worries mate! Afterall, how often you get to enjoy lovely weathers and savour your food off your car bonnet? 😉

Storefront
Storefront
Chinese guy cooking
Chinese guy cooking
Lay on your car bonnet and eat away!
Lay on your car bonnet and eat away!

Location: https://goo.gl/maps/7fkKQd5uRF12

2. HELLO COFFEE (DOCKYARD EXPERIENCE)

Found this little gem when I was at Apollo Bay. Located amongst a dockyard area, Hello Coffee started less than a year ago. Very self-sufficient by roasting their own beans and getting supplies from the neighbouring farms. Totally envy them on the the freshness of these supplies! A very nice place to chill and would revisit if I have another chance.

Signage
Signage
Love the space and simplicity
Love the space and simplicity
Lovely fireplace which is a gem during winters
Lovely fireplace which is a gem during winters
Sourdough bun with bacon. Yums!
Sourdough bun with bacon. Yums!
Coffee by the fireplace is just so warm at heart
Coffee by the fireplace is just so warm at heart
Little roaster is good enough!
Little roaster is good enough!
Me and the bosses
Me and the bosses

Location: https://goo.gl/maps/z1kRSjfsiHC2

3. FOCUS COFFEE (RARE COFFEE BEANS EXPERIENCE)

Little do many know that this coffee joint imports their beans from the world renowned Ninety Plus Coffee whose coffees are largely sort after. Coming here you will definitely satisfy your caffeine cravings. You may wanna check out their daily specials as well if you’re feeling peckish, they change their menu frequently.

Cafe front
Cafe front
Love the decor, spot the Slayer!
Love the decor, spot the Slayer!
Lovely cuppa
Lovely cuppa
Me and coffee guru owner Ken
Me and coffee guru owner Ken

Location: https://goo.gl/maps/eEb9hZDzU9S2

 

4. LONGRAIN RESTAURANT (HIDDEN GEM EXPERIENCE)

Tucked at the end of Little Burke Street, this restaurant is always crowded with locals mainly and little do they know that the chef there used to work in Michelin starred restaurants. It was recommended by a manager at a whiskey distillery down at Apollo Bay area. The Thai-influenced fusion food was amazing all the way from appetisers to desserts and the wine selection was pretty good as well.

Entering the place was a little dark
Entering the place was a little dark
As you can see, loads of customers
As you can see, loads of customers
Fresh Oysters
Fresh Oysters
This tuna salad is really good. Gotta eat with the crackers.
This tuna salad is really good. Gotta eat with the crackers.
This grilled squid was very well done and the dipping sauce it came with was the bomb.
This grilled squid was very well done and the dipping sauce it came with was the bomb.
Can't remember the name of this egg net thing but it's a big portion. Best for sharing.
Can’t remember the name of this egg net thing but it’s a big portion. Best for sharing.
Caramelised figs, aerated white choc, and Thai Milk Tea ice cream... What a way to end the dinner.
Caramelised figs, aerated white choc, and Thai Milk Tea ice cream… What a way to end the dinner.

Location: https://goo.gl/maps/BtEmZaTm7Tw

5. THE VERTUE OF THE COFFEE DRINK (BEHIND PETROL KIOSK EXPERIENCE)

This one’s a winner. Finding this place is half the fun! I circled around a few rounds just to find this place. What’s even better is, they have awesome beans which are roasted in-house and the food is just to die for! Service wise is just excellent. Definitely needs a revisit!

Yeah this is the entrance of the cafe!
Yeah this is the entrance of the cafe!
Double check, yeah it is!
Double check, yeah it is!
Shot from the stairway
Shot from the stairway
Their roaster
Their roaster
Crispy Pork Belly ($22), served with soft duck egg, spiced sweet potato puree, black pudding and quince gel. A damn awesome dish!
Crispy Pork Belly ($22), served with soft duck egg, spiced sweet potato puree, black pudding and quince gel. A damn awesome dish!
Love the crackling skin!
Love the crackling skin!
Their signature blend, Sabertooth. Love it!
Their signature blend, Sabertooth. Love it!

Location: https://goo.gl/maps/Y4mStF9jQXS2

6. AUNTY PEG’S (NO MILK EXPERIENCE)

Aunty Peg’s is a spring off of the famous coffee roaster/cafe Proud Mary. This premise not just roast for their own branches but supplies to other cafes as well. so what’s so unique about this place? They only serve black coffee… meaning, they do not have milk at all. So if you love coffee as it is, you can order your filtered coffees and espressos here like I did. Nightmare to milk base coffee drinkers. Heh heh…

Cafe front
Cafe front
Love their interiors!
Love their interiors!
Spin some music?
Spin some music?
The bar. If only I can buy these good machines. Sigh...
The bar. If only I can buy these good machines. Sigh…
Roasters
Roasters
Tried all 3 Ethiopians!
Tried all 3 Ethiopians!

Location: https://goo.gl/maps/Lg1taTM87zy

 

7. IZAKAYA DEN (UNDERGROUND EXPERIENCE)

Like some of the places listed here, half the fun is finding them. I came across this place by chance and was indeed quite hard to find. Service is excellent, food is damn good. A little pricey though, but the quality is what you are paying for. Check out below how I found the place.

Not a very big signage so quite hard to spot
Not a very big signage so quite hard to spot
First flight of stairs downwards is a yoga studio
First flight of stairs downwards is a yoga studio
Second flight of stairs to the restaurant
Second flight of stairs to the restaurant
There it is! An elongated restaurant!
There it is! An elongated restaurant!
Love sitting at the counter!
Love sitting at the counter!
Tuna Tataki ($21). Very yummy!
Tuna Tataki ($21). Very yummy!
Kingfish Sashimi ($19) is yummy too!
Kingfish Sashimi ($19) is yummy too!
Den Fried Chicken ($14) is nice and juicy... prep and fried on the spot.
Den Fried Chicken ($14) is nice and juicy… prep and fried on the spot.
Kale Agebidashi ($11). Deep fried, not too bad.
Kale Agebidashi ($11). Deep fried, not too bad.
Grilled Cheek Barra ($17). Quite nice and fatty.
Grilled Cheek Barra ($17). Quite nice and fatty.
Fried Black Rice ($12). Quite a unique dish offered.
Fried Black Rice ($12). Quite a unique dish offered.
Pork Yakiniku ($19). Love the part meat part fats combi. Yums!
Pork Yakiniku ($19). Love the part meat part fats combi. Yums!

Location: https://goo.gl/maps/EgTSuduZkEG2

 

8. BROTHER BABA BUDAN (CHAIRS OVERHEAD EXPERIENCE)

Ok this place is not exactly hidden but I have not written about it for my previous trips. But the unique thing about this place is that they hanged all the chairs up on the ceiling! But of course their coffee is good as well… Seven Seeds is a little hard to go wrong. 😉

Entrance
Entrance
Quaint but always busy shop!
Quaint but always busy shop!
Woohoo!
Woohoo!
Seven Seeds paper cup.
Seven Seeds paper cup.

Location: https://goo.gl/maps/xjs4JQ3P8LE2

 

9. MART 130 (TRAIN STATION EXPERIENCE)

This is another unique place which is introduced by a friend. Love this old train station converted into a cafe. The food here is actually pretty good! Coffee is ok. Best place for brunch but can get super crowded.

View from across
View from across
Train arrived!
Train arrived!
MART 130
MART 130
Inside is quaint and crowded
Inside is quaint and crowded
The other side is a park
The other side is a park
Brunch. Lovely eggs.
Brunch. Lovely eggs.
Latte to start the day
Latte to start the day

Location: https://goo.gl/maps/na5uw1rjXKt

 

10. EASEY’S (TRAIN CARRIAGE EXPERIENCE)

Easey’s is one of the most unique places I’ve been. From the above train station, to eating in a train carriage. Not a common place for tourists but definitely a great place to satisfy your burger cravings.

Train carriages on rooftop
Train carriages on rooftop
Entrance
Entrance
Top floor we go!
Top floor we go!
Front
Front
Back
Back
Outdoor seating.
Outdoor seating.
Real deal.
Real deal.
Love the graffiti!
Love the graffiti!
Melbourne Madness ($23). Really satisfying!
Melbourne Madness ($23). Really satisfying!
Beef patties done to perfection.
Beef patties done to perfection.
Chilli Chips ($10). A very yummy side.
Chilli Chips ($10). A very yummy side.

Location: https://goo.gl/maps/aKHBsFnq47s

 

Alright that’s all for now, Melbourne never fails to amaze me with new stuffs with every visit. Feel free to ask me about Melbourne if you’re planning a trip there via eatwithroy@gmail.com. I’ll reply as soon as I can. Till my next post, Merry Christmas y’all!

Gastronomically yours,

Big Roy

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