Top 10 Dude Food Restaurants in Melbourne

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The Dude Food wave has been round for a while now however seems as robust as ever… American Food and Dude Food remains to be tremendous common and we have chosen our prime 10 favourites…

The checklist (no specific order)…

1. Le Bon Ton

2. Belle’s Sizzling Rooster

3. Trunk Diner 

4. Epocha

5. Steer Bar and Grill

6. Ziggy’s Eatery

7. Huxtaburger

8. Bar Nacional

9. Rockwell & Sons

10. Bomba Bar

1.  Le Bon Ton – Collingwood


Le Bon Ton has a fantastic ambiance. It is one thing of New Orleans but additionally one thing of Texas in its meals and atmosphere. Lay again informal fashion with American cool…


What to order? We needed all of it. The partaking waitress steered the Smoker’s Lot – a large meat tray of smoky-moist meat. What a sensation. For me this was the most effective BBQ I’ve had in Melbourne. The meat got here out heat and smokin and featured Grain-fed Riverina Angus Beef Brisket (1/2 lb), Otway Ranges pork shoulder (1/2 lb), Jalapeno and cheddar hot-link sausage, and 1/2 Rooster basted in apple BBQ sauce.

Each factor was a knockout and a house run “out of the park”. The brisket was prime quality meat smoky-moist and with fats – soften in your mouth. The smoky flavours hit you and all meats on this board have been smoked over iron bark and fruit woods for as much as 12 hours… 

Texan fashion BBQ options sausage and the meat board right here featured wonderful sausage infused with jalapeno and cheddar – intense and rewarding. All of the meat right here is intense in flavour – however the adventurous will nonetheless add the recent sauces on the desk. As you do. The most popular sauce hit me between the eyes like a redneck punching me in the face…

The pork shoulder appeared a mountain of pork and greater than the 1/2 lb marketed. Once more, it was smoky-moist and delectable. Notice the salad on the board – you want one thing refreshing to distinction all of the meat.

The Smoker’s Lot in all its glory…

Pit-smoked meats child! There’s nearly actually different home specials however we could not get previous The Smoker’s Lot. Le Bon Ton can also be well-known for its Buttermilk fried rooster, Crab muffins, Oysters and Cheese Burger.


A cool shock was the 1/2 Rooster – it turned out to be a spotlight with intense smoky flavours. Yep, there have been no weak hyperlinks in this southern fashion sluggish cooked meat bonanza…

Nothing higher than imbibing wonderful southern BBQ whereas listening to classic Johnny Money. 


As my pal was extra paleo, he opted for refreshing inexperienced salad. The World Loves Melbourne went for the golden fries – a few of the greatest round, served with dipping sauces.

The World Loves Melbourne went for the American Brooklyn Pale Ale whereas Jonathon from Promised Land Espresso went for the Barossa Shiraz (refined dude).


Le Bon Ton gives a gorgeous courtyard space, with ringside seats to the smoking motion. If the smoking unit is lively you’ll have to go to your dry cleaner, however who cares…


Fairy lights and all…

2. Belle’s Sizzling Rooster – Gertrude St


Excuse the pun however The World Loves Melbourne has a fried rooster bucket checklist. Belle’s Sizzling Rooster is a Nashville fashion standout dude meals mecca that The World Loves Melbourne lastly visited, and we left on a spicy fried rooster excessive. Get it proper – this isn’t simply fried rooster – however spicy fried rooster. Chilli meets rooster in an exquisite connection. Belle’s Sizzling Rooster is the masterstroke of (ex Loam) Aaron Turner and Morgan McGlone (ex Husk in Nashville and Rumours), who flew in to city to work their magic after a stint in a superb eating kitchen in Nashville.

How are you going to not fall in love with this? A basket of scrumptious juicy spicy fried wings with golden crinkle reduce Outdated Bay Fries sprinkled with Paprika. Imbibe your fried rooster in varied cuts. Wings, tenders, Darkish Meat (Drumstick and Thigh), Fish and Mushrooms are the primary choices. There are levels of spice and warmth – Southern, Medium, Sizzling, Actually Sizzling and the intense Actually F**kin Sizzling (for the courageous).

The enjoyment did not finish there,  having additionally ordered a further tender of spicy (additional) sizzling fried rooster rooster, high quality pickles and a smoky Nearly Arnolds Beans aspect. The spicy sizzling tender was considerably sizzling (they did warn me) however we loved the warmth. What amazed The World Loves Melbourne was that with each Meat dish you additionally obtain a aspect included. Nice worth! Do not underestimate the ability of the beans aspect – it rocked my world. The entire meal was substantial and did not break the financial institution.

On one other go to we ordered the Baller Bucket of 16 wings, 4 sides & sauces. Good worth!

Whereas ready for the meals we nipped out into Gertrude road to seek out Matt Beyer, a Belle’s devotee, with the legendary Morgan McGlone.

All of the rooster is high quality La Ionica chemical free rooster. The rooster shouldn’t be soggy and greasy however includes a crunchy exterior and juicy inside. High quality cuts make an enormous distinction. On weekends they serve Waffles and rooster (now well-known).


The atmosphere of this diner is trendy and stylish, with cubicles and retro signage of the DINER signal a speaking level. Situated beneath The Everleigh, giant home windows overlook stylish Gertrude Road.



American beers grace the drinks checklist, in addition to “pure” wines.


Belle’s Sizzling Rooster lives as much as the hype so far as The World Loves Melbourne is anxious and we look ahead to future visits. Extremely really useful.



3. Trunk Diner – CBD

Trunk Diner is dude meals heaven and a compelling vacation spot to get pleasure from cocktails and American fashion delicacies. It’s my type of place – unashamedly. Seize a first-class cocktail and lean over a dripping juicy gourmand burger in a classy atmosphere. The World Loves Melbourne was just lately at Trunk Diner to take a look at newest menu and renovation adjustments. The invitation was alluring – “escape the concrete jungle and rejoice the beginning of Spring and Trunks new designer cocktail checklist in their freshly redesigned city courtyard”. I have been to Trunk Diner earlier than and have at all times loved the expertise.


The best summer season day in Melbourneshouldcomprise ofescapingthedailybustle withcocktailsin aspacious courtyard. Trunk hassummer season coated. With a retractable roof in the diner,Melbourne’s ‘shelovesme,she lovesme not’ climate istaken care of. Dinerscan escape atTrunkcomerain,hailorshine.


Take a look at thecovetedcitycourtyard…


As at all times, Trunk doesn’t fault on tasty  fare with the Diner persevering with to serve its  traditionalAmerican-styledmenutogether withtheirlegendaryWagyuBeefBurger(whichcanbe‘doubledup’on every thing)ortheir signatureDiner Canine(Hillbilly,BreakingUnhealthyorChili Cheese).Andforthosecountingthecalories,there’sTrunk’sChop ChopSaladtotopoffasummerday, guiltfree.
The Tuna ceviche above is impressively delicate for a dude meals institution… 


Trunk have a gorgeous menu that includes Diner Canine, Mains, Salads, Quesadillas, Sandwiches and Salads… 


These Ribs have been a killer – sticky, messy and tender with some kick – the best way ribs are supposed to be. 


The Fish of the Day foremost with corn and BBQ rice can also be common in case you have been considering its only a meat fest!


Appears some sharp and fascinating younger workers are right here to fireside up the Diner. Customer support was firstclass all night time.

Each self respecting dude meals haven wants a killer burger, and Trunk delivers. It is a standout from the pack – utilizing premium substances. I discovered it to be top-of-the-line in Melbourne. The inspiration is –

175gram Contemporary Floor Wagyu beef, grilled brioche, child cos lettuce, thick reduce tomato & house-made pickles… and I added extras corresponding to Gruyere cheese…

The enjoyment was in the Supersizing of doubling every thing! Yeah child! Rock and roll.

The cheese melts down on the juicy Wagyu…


And each dude meals lover is aware of chips need to be prime notch – these are golden and crispy. At all times a superb signal when your first motion is to seize some sizzling chips – however then you may’t cease selecting at them… 


The Quesadilla possibility can also be enticing…


Desserts sustain the excessive commonplace at Trunktown Diner…

Extremely really useful.


4. Epocha – Carlton North

Epocha is solely one among Melbourne’s greatest eating experiences, that includes a formidable crew, stellar European delicacies and a killer atmosphere at this terrace property. Nestled in Rathdowne Road near town and reverse Carlton Gardens, Epocha exudes appeal and class, if not an air of sophistication. The World Loves Melbourne was invited with different media to pattern a few of the superb wines and delicacies provided by Epocha. 

We dare to position Epocha in a dude meals line up, regardless that that is superb eating with finesse. The big share plates would make any dude estatic – Lamb Backstrap, Chook, Scotch Fillet, Rib Eye 550g, and Veal Rack 700g…

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Epocha has a right away influence as you enter; that is a couple of superb eating expertise, with Epocha that means “a brand new or distinctive period”. Distinctive and distinction. Epocha blazed from the “get go”, gaining a hat in The Age Good Food Information and shortly establishing itself as a critical culinary vacation spot in Melbourne.

Greeted by house owners Angie Giannakodakis and Man Holder, we got a style of their culinary and hospitality philosophy earlier than sampling the meals. Angie has a pedigree of working the entrance of home at The Press Membership, and Man has labored at superb Melbourne eating institutions and as Catering Supervisor at The Home of Commons in London (I might think about The Chancellor of the Exchequer eating at Epocha). They know what they’re doing ten occasions over, and work exhausting at offering diners with that sure je ne sais quoi.

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The match out is a nod to the traditional, and is discreet quite than overstated. Giant home windows with chunky frames, elegant timber ground, and inexperienced wicker chairs and wood tables embedded with tiles. 

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We have been handled to a presentation from award successful Dan the Sommelier who has just lately returned from France working in a few of the nice wine homes. Dan and the crew thrilled us with thrilling wines that the Sommeliers are speaking about in France.

Having been introduced up on huge Australian reds I loved the nuances of those French wines. Of late I have been breaking out of my “huge pink” mould.

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The European impressed menu gives a plethora of highlights, with head chef Michael Bolam sensible on the helm. Mini crumpets, honeycomb was an excellent starter.

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The home made darkish bread was served heat inside these knotted cloths, with beneficiant quantities of freshly home churned butter. One other nod to the European.

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The Fava puree and brioche toasts was a delight, with us wanting extra of the toasts to accomodate the beneficiant quantity of outstanding fava puree.

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I used to be taken by the creative presentation and certainly the beautiful floral crockery (have not seen this quantity in Ikea), as we have been served Swordfish carpaccio, grapefruit, caperberries. I really like a carpaccio and the flavours balanced splendidly with the creamy Swordfish and piquant graperfruit and caperberries. My carpaccios of late have been beef and kingfish, and I discovered the creamy Swordfish carpaccio distinctive and refreshing.

I used to be additionally taken with the superb cutlery that would not have regarded misplaced in my late nice grandmother’s mansion in Kew.

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Imbibing on a Thursday night time, the restaurant was packed and buzzing. No want for background music, as the atmosphere feeds of itself in this home of finery.

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Complete fish oven baked with lemon, dill. There was a way of theatre as the entire fish was introduced then served with French wines.

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The accompanying salads have been contemporary and zesty.

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Chook – breast, thigh, leg and wing was cooked to perfection, and was additional enhanced by crispy Roast Potatoes with duck fats. Indulgent.

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Scotch fillet with a bone marrow sauce was once more completely cooked and nice on the attention…

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With Angie a passionate Greek, we have been served Ouzo of the best high quality.

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Desserts at Epocha are served desk aspect from the trolley. Basil panna cotta with rasberry jelly was completely surprising – however labored so effectively – absolutely top-of-the-line desserts in Melbourne.

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Actually the night time was rounded off with Sauternes.

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Epocha is a restaurant of distinction of the best order, and I wish to return for a romantic night or dinner with enterprise pals. A keeper.



5. Steer Bar and Grill – Windsor


TWLM skilled the most effective of Steer at a traditional occasion, it is Escoffier Dinner. August Escoffier is one among, if not essentially the most legendary cooks of all time. ‘The chef of Kings and the King of cooks’ Escoffier dominated the kitchens of France and Britain for the early a part of the 20 th century and his achievements have been huge and beguiling.Though his well-known dishes reside on and you already know them effectively; Peach Melba and Beef Rossini to call however two,there was one other extra vital method in which he has left his enduring mark on our trade…he organised it. Escoffier invented a la carte eating.

Steer Bar and Grill saluted this nice trade determine by serving traditional French delicacies in the fashion that made Auguste Escoffier a legend. A set of traditional French beef dishes created in his fashion with wines from the Rhone.
The night was spectacular and a spotlight of 2013 for The World Loves Melbourne and Melbourne Sensory. It was a triumph for Government Chef Shaun Nielsen and the crew and a cracker occasion as a part of Good Food Month.
Escoffier Menu.
Canapé: Crayfish Newburg
Domaine de la Verpaille Cremant de Bourgogne NV


Escoffier’s recipe for sauce Newburg may be very easy and its pairing with crayfish or lobster is actually a traditional mixture; lobster and Madeira, you may’t go unsuitable.
Nielsen: I needed to form the dish right into a canapé kind, to be introduced on dressed silver platters and walked by way of the eating room. To attain a neat and tidy canapé I’ve determined to stuff a traditional savory choux bun with the nice and cozy lobster salad, the wealthy, highly effective Madeira cream sauce poured over, filling the choux pastry.
We discovered it indulgent and wealthy in comparison with most “refreshing” trendy starters however it was great.
Double Beef Consommé, Spring Greens and Herb Crepes
Reserve des Armoiries Cotes du Rhone 2009

The consommé is a real traditional, technical and a superb illustration of a chef’s ability. Reaching the extraordinary readability of the inventory with a deep and complicated taste shouldn’t be that simple, in reality you hardly ever see consommés made in the normal method today.

Nielsen: Escoffier typically selected to serve herb crepes together with his consommés and so will I, finely julienned into the soup with one other crepe on the aspect, full of an oxtail salad, the flesh taken from the inventory bones. Seasonal native natural greens may also garnish the soup; glowing in the deep, wealthy clarified double inventory.
We discovered this dish to be hearty and rustic with high quality of inventory prime notch and the crepe a fantastic accompaniment.
Steak Americaine, Melba Toast
Chateau Beauchene Cotes-du-Rhone Grande Reserve Rouge 2011

Escoffier by no means served a uncooked egg yolk together with his steak Americaine or tartar because it’s extra generally identified today. Escoffier purchased the condiments collectively right into a preparation much like a tartar styled sauce, served on the aspect. 

Nielsen: Nice grass fed beef can be diced and served chilled, the condiment of cornichons, capers, onion, superb herbs are to be blended by way of to your private style. Scooped onto Escoffier’s Melba toast, a good way to get pleasure from prime quality beef in its purest kind and never an egg yolk in sight.
We judged this dish a spotlight. As a lover of tartar I loved the hit of high quality beef with out the impact of the egg yolk.
Pasture Fed Full Blood Wagyu, Sauce Chasseur, Pommes Parisienne
Ogier Crozes Hermitage Oratorio 2010

Meltingly tender beef, pan seared and seasoned with slightly cayenne pepper, basted in foaming brown butter, the pan juices reserved for the sauce, traditional French fare that Escoffier perfected. Sauce chasseur; today most individuals consider a packet combine from the grocery store however as at all times these sauces have a deep, wealthy historical past and this one’s appropriate preparation is a textural masterpiece. A sauce made al a minute, in the identical pan the meat was cooked, shallots, mushrooms, brandy, white wine, veal inventory and completed with tomato, butter, parsley and thyme; totally scrumptious.

Crunchy, golden pommes Parisienne add texture and substance to this entire, traditional dish nearly forgotten in the world of Thermomix machines, emersion circulators and pre-preparation.
This was additionally a spectacular dish, not simply in phrases of the outstanding beef however the sauce that sang to us in its complexity and depth.


Poached Grain Fed Beef, Endive Salad, Blue Cheese Dressing
Reserve du Crouzau Cotes du Rhone Villages St Gervais 2009

Poaching beef is all however forgotten in at present’s kitchens; I do recall this preparation from my youthful days, nice beef is the important thing…

You want highly effective beef bouillon for the poaching and 300 day grain fed beef, I can be utilizing Rangers Valley Angus beef from Northern NSW.
Escoffier was well-known for his blue cheese dressings, analysis reveals that the generally used Roquefort cheese was not his favourite; it was the darker, moodier Fourme d’Ambert from Auvergne.
After the meat is poached and resting, the wealthy bouillon is lowered barely and slightly cream is added to counterpoint it additional and napped over the sliced beef, the sharp salad and dressing slicing the richness of the meat completely.
I loved the presentation of this dish. The poaching of beef was one thing new for me, however the high quality simple. As a lover of blue cheese this mix was the proper match. 
Beef Bourguignon, Duchesse Potatoes, Asparagus Fricassee
Domaine Tour-Saint-Michel Chateauneuf-du-Pape Rouge Cuvee des Deux Soeurs 2009

Escoffier didn’t create this well-known dish, he refined and standardised it…making it his, lifting a peasant dish to the tables of the institution in Paris and London.

His recipe is very simple but additionally very exacting, his masterful capacity to create consistency by way of his ‘mom sauce’ standardisation and intense high quality management makes this dish at dwelling in any surroundings.
I’ve chosen full blood wagyu cheeks and decrease heal muscle mass for the braise. The extreme sauce of pink burgundy, penetrating the muscle mass as they slowly cookay. The braise is completed in the oven, the highest piped with Duchesse potato and baked till it’s golden brown and crunchy, able to be shared on the desk, sautéed asparagus the proper accompaniment.
I am amazed this was a peasant dish initially. Once more, this was a country and hearty dish of word.
Peach Melba
Domaine Loew Gewurztraminer Vendange Tardive Ostenberg 2009

Created for Dame Nellie Melba in 1892 on the Savoy Resort in London by Escoffier, he served the dish to her in an ice sculpture, poached peaches, wealthy vanilla ice cream and raspberry sauce, garnished with spun sugar.

I’ll deliver collectively this nice mixture of flavors however modernize the presentation and textures with glass wafers, vanilla wafers and dehydrated raspberries.
Having skilled a number of Peach Melba’s through the years, it was fascinating to return to the supply. Poached peaches jogged my memory of my youth. I additionally loved the mix of flavours and modernising of the presentation.
Nielsen: I believe the person himself would approve…. however then sack me for correcting the repertoire!!
We left Steer on a excessive – huge thanks for such an epic culinary journey of one of many masters. The meals was stellar, service prime notch and the matching Rhone wines very good. Magnifique!

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6. Ziggy’s Eatery – Balaclava


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Ziggy’s Eatery is a extremely spectacular trendy burger joint on Carlisle St St Kilda that specialises in gourmand burgers and dude meals at wonderful worth. These should not burgers slapped collectively however you get the impression of a kitchen of skilfull and passionate foodies that care for his or her clients. We have been impressed on the excessive degree delicacies right here and the resonating ardour of the house owners. They merely serve a few of the greatest burgers in  city. The World Loves Melbourne was invited as a visitor of Ziggy’s.

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Take a look at the Texan Large Burger at Ziggy’s as top-of-the-line in Melbourne. It ticks all my burger containers. The bun is important to any burger, and the place some burger joints in Melbourne fall down. Ziggy’s gives a contemporary tender brioche of top quality. Subsequent, the meat patty is high quality beef with correct amount of seasoning and is a huge 250g. Not for the faint hearted!

Aoli is superb including to the flavour of the burger, along with a killer Texan sauce. To not point out the tomato, cheese, onion and lettuce of high quality. General juiciness issue was excessive. Unapologetically  I desire a juicy burger to a dry one. The mix of flavours simply works right here. A burger to reckon with.

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Ziggy’s is an all spherical dude meals vacation spot of word. Even the rooster wings with 3 sorts of tangy sauce hit the mark… Particularly with a Mexican beer…

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Ziggy’s has a gorgeous match out with edgy paintings adorning the partitions. The usage of timber is enticing together with a big communal desk. Or eat exterior and benefit from the atmosphere of bustling Carlisle Road.

We discovered this restaurant to be household pleasant. Our children beloved the meals right here, and particularly the burgers. The menu is broad and has one thing for everybody.

The house owners are pleasant foodies and attentive. We loved connecting with them as a lot because the excellent meals.

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Take a look at the Texan Large burger once more… We might have ordered the Spanky with German mustard and gherkins and particular sauce. Or the Sizzling Bikini with sizzling pineapple, or Pepper with inexperienced peppercorn, to call a couple of. Attention-grabbing gourmand burgers.

Importantly, the sauces are nice right here. Wealthy however not overpowering and an ideal accompaniment to the dude meals.

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Ziggy’s menu would not fall away after the burgers. We took on this Center japanese impressed Beef Shawarma wrap with grilled beef strips, tahini, yoghurt, Spanish onion, tomato, salad and fried onion – that blew us away. Not a easy wrap however infused with fascinating spices and flavours. The parts are beneficiant right here, and we expect you will not depart hungry.

Actually for the well being aware there are some geat salads right here, together with the favored Grilled Haloumi salad. Or get pleasure from a vegetarian wrap, known as the Foollafel Wrap with Center Japanese fashion veggie fritters!

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Equally spectacular is the Pork Stomach burger with Vietnamese coleslaw  and Hoteriyaki sauce. A fantastic fusion burger. The pork stomach itself was extremely spectacular as completely cooked sticky and soften in your mouth. That is an indulgent dish and nice worth for the worth.

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Chips are vital at a burger joint. Ziggy’s delivers with these fries tossed in their secret candy and tangy sauce. Moorish certainly.

The World Loves Melbourne was extremely impressed with Ziggy’s Eatery and plans to return quickly. A revelation and extremely really useful. 


7. Huxtaburger – 3 places



Huxtaburger is a contender for Melbourne’s greatest burger. Simply throughout the street from the epic Huxtable restaurant on Smith Road is that this common burger joint that delivers huge time on high quality gourmand burgers, nice crinkle reduce chips and beer. A killer mixture. The worth right here is unimaginable and would possibly simply get you thru the most recent International Monetary Disaster.

To know Huxtaburger you’ll want to perceive the place it’s coming from. To current such a high quality burger as “The Huxtaburger” for less than $8 is unimaginable. Who else can do that? No-one else I do know of in Melbourne. Some burger joints serve old-fashioned burgers for across the identical worth however that is gourmand all the best way. 

They’re bringing worth and accessibility with high quality. Huxtaburger is normally filled with a line up out the door and other people ready to swoop on a desk. You may eat on the counter or seize one of many tables and benefit from the atmosphere of Smith road.  With a black and white color scheme you’ll assume we’re in Collingwood. However you additionally would possibly assume we’re in an American diner in Collingwood. 


Huxtaburger has finished its homework on what makes a fantastic burger. They merely have nice buns. Glazed brioche buns. The burger bun melts in the mouth. You aren’t getting that heavy starchy hit of bread however quite the bun combines splendidly with the remainder of the burger.

The power of Huxtaburger is that they hold it high quality and easy. Different burger joints add types of burger that simply do not work. All the pieces at Huxtaburger works.  

My favorite is “The Huxtaburger” which has these superior buns, crunch of nice lettuce, high quality gherkin, chic patty of Moondarra Wagyu beef and melted cheese, tomato, mayo and ketchup. For slightly additional you will get some nice crinkle reduce chips. 

Like every thing Daniel Wilson does, there may be journey, wonderful gourmand flavours but chic steadiness. There may be kick in the mayo and pickles however it would not dominate the standard beef. The feeling is of a tasty mild and barely candy burger. A contender for Melbourne’s greatest burger. 

At huxtaburger there may be additionally a tie in with the Cosby present. The burger known as “Payments” comprises bacon, egg, pineapple and beetroot for less than $10. 

The “Theo” with the double pattie and double cheese caters for people who love an enormous mom of a burger – and it is the one I’ve imbibed on many events. 


Then there’s the “Denise” which has some kick with Jalapeno.  There are burgers for teenagers which are tremendous inexpensive.  You may at all times tailor make your burger by including stuff – like an additional pattie for $2.Service is nice right here – in the 3 times I have been the workers have been partaking and pleasant {and professional}. Desk service at a burger joint is sensational.



8. Bar Nacional -CBD


Bar Nacional shaped delights with its trendy Spanish delicacies with a twist and a great deal of sophistication and method. On the identical time it stays sincere delicacies with out pretense. This restaurant has come to play. The World Loves Melbourne was right here to analyze the declare Bar Nacional is bringing San Sebastian to Collins Road. 

 We weren’t fairly ready for the extent of sophistication right here. I used to be joined by my pal Jonathon (one among Melbourne’s greatest baristas and ex St Ali) for a complimentary dinner to pattern the Bar Nacional menu. From the outset the workers have been skilled and fascinating, bringing context and clarification of dishes with enthusiasm. 

Bar Nacional occupies a compelling house on the finish of Collins St in a authorized {and professional} precinct. It opens up for the after work workplace crowd with pleasant tapas but additionally brings finery and class if you wish to dine in for an extended keep. The match out is trendy with modern tables and chairs together with excessive stools, temper lighting, and a gorgeous counter/serving space the place cured meats hold from above.  


Smoky Bay Oysters with a jamon French dressing have been contemporary and arresting as we started our culinary journey. 


Well-known already are the Charred brussel sprout croquettes with preserved lemon aoli – anybody with an aversion to brussel sprouts and haunting childhood recollections wants to move to Bar Nacional for some remedy. For a begin the croquettes are completely cooked with crispy exterior and tremendous creamy inside, however its the flavour of the croquette which is the killer. And the dab of lemon aoli is the signature word. Rustic pleasure. 


Bar Nacional thrilled with this high quality Charcuterie board stuffed with A grade Spanish treats corresponding to Bull Negro, Guanchiale, Lomo (beef tenderloin), Jamon, Chorizo and Terrine with pickles. Notably the 2008 Jamon (can that be proper?) was a chart topper, as was the Duck terrine. 


 Served with crunchy biscuit breads, these cured meats have been prime notch.  The World Loves Melbourne was allowed in the kitchen and we chatted with the pleasant workers who exude ardour for his or her craft. 


Morcilla! Blood sausage child. Severely this was the most effective I’ve tasted up to now in Melbourne. Moist blood sausage with a spice kick. Not dry. Not benign. It is alive. And ideal with apple puree. 


We have been loving the journey up to now. Lots of the dishes are clear, however Bar Nacional lifts the lid on some pleasant wealthy and indulgent dishes. This isn’t the quinoa revolution by any means! instance is that this Crispy pig head, served up in its wealthy indulgent glory however with a playful plate up with shallots and carrots. How can a pig head be served up with such refinement? 


Eating in a go well with I felt like I wanted some tracky pants as we slipped into this moorish dish of Duck and rooster liver parfait with brioche. Indulgent sure. 

And all of it went fantastically with the Spanish Tempranillo we have been ingesting. The Sommelier was recommending Spanish wines all the best way which is honest sufficient. We stayed with this Tempranillo the entire night time however the wine checklist at Bar Nacionale is extremely acclaimed (Girl Oenotria has described it as “banging”). 

In the meantime the attentive wait workers have been fast to identify we wanted extra brioche for our parfait and obliged. 


The usual at Bar Nacional is consistenly excessive throughout dishes. No weak hyperlinks. I get pleasure from easy Spanish meals however there’s one thing spectacular concerning the sophistication at Bar Nacional. 

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Lardo, pickled greens and radishes is a straightforward description for a dish that sings. Slivers of Pork fats greeted us, once more organized in playful style, surrounded by pickled greens and radishes, and a big Duck egg. I made use of leftover brioche from the earlier dish to mop up runny duck egg and fats – indulgent overdrive. 


I felt like I used to be being satiated into oblivion. Convey it on. The Ox coronary heart charred in the Josper oven with artichoke foam was sensible, once more displaying method. Good contact with the cress on prime. Ox coronary heart is tasty at the most effective of occasions however these guys have the oven working a deal with so as to add an extra dimension. Huge flavours but additionally with nuances. 


Actually we have been tremendous impressed and thought we have been on the culinary summit. Solely to be informed bigger Raciones have been to return. 

From the second I set eyes on the subsequent dish I used to be in love. The Flathead with smoked eggplant cooked on pear tree wooden was wonderful – smoky woody flavours permeating the candy Flathead was a successful mixture. Usually I discover most fish dishes pretty tasteless, however this one hit me between the eyes. 

I checked out the oven in the kitchen later – it is distinctive how they prepare dinner the dish on flat wooden (having experimented with completely different wooden flavours) with a smokiness coming from the bark.  


The Wagyu from Robin’s Island (not the place Nelson Mandella was incarcerated however off the coast of Tasmania) was tender and a premium reduce of meat. The Jerusalem artichoke puree and crumbs have been spot on. 


Being a pork stomach tragic I used to be enthused by this Greenvale Farm Pork Stomach with compressed pear and mint. The pear and mint have been so refreshing complimenting the pork. The mint added an additional dimension and was in no method a token add on. And the salt and vinegar crackling was a success! 


One other already well-known dish is the Tocino del Cielo – heaven’s bacon, salted maize caramel… Heaven’s bacon – pork infused salted maize caramel flan had us floored! Caramel Flan infused with pork, and served with dehydrated popcorn and huge cornflakes. Components of sophistication and enjoyable. The Caramel Flan was excessive powered and mixed brilliantly with the infused pork. Ebullient bliss. 


The second dessert skilled was described to me as Rice Pudding and was a type of deconstructed cereal dish. What regarded like rice bubbles was in reality sweet. And the big flakes on prime have been in reality produced from milk! Inside was a delighful scoop of ice cream. 

An award successful dessert (Connoisseur Traveller Top 10 Dishes of 2013) was my choose of the wonderful array. The Burnt orange crema Catalana, bay leaf, polvorón and crunchy fennel seeds  is a surprising dessert. The assorted textures mix along with crunch and creaminess, and the hit of orange is extremely satisfying. The highest of the brulee is roofed in fennel seeds and one thing resembling a Spanish shortbread biscuit that crumbles simply. The dish shouldn’t be sickly candy however sophistiated with nuances. 

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Bar Nacional served us up a Spanish feast. Since then I’ve really useful it extremely to my company colleagues for classy and artistic, even enjoyable eating, however with out pretense. 


Bar Nacional reaches the heights in phrases of its delicacies – it actually does deliver San Sebastian to Collins Road. 

8. Rockwell and Sons – Smith Road

Rockwell and Sons gives American fashion soul (consolation, dude) meals in Smith St and has probably the most acclaimed burgers in city with the Double patty smash burger. One other contender for greatest burger in Melbourne however not the mainstay of their imaginative menu. 

Rockwell and Sons has a contemporary match out with stylish timber framing, funky lighting  and uncovered brick partitions. Rockwell additionally pours a imply latte…


Rockwell and Sons gives “dude” meals gems corresponding to Southern Fried rooster sandwich, Rib sandwich, cheese dumplings, Lamb canine, Calamari roll with pickles, or perhaps a delectable Lamb shoulder… However the star of the present is the Rockwell Double patty smash burger of rock star fame…

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The Double patty smash burger consists of a horny brioche bun from Brasserie Bread (vital to have nice bun), wonderful juicy patty motion, cheddar cheese drooled everywhere in the meat, crunch gherkins and a killer sauce. For mine it is the sauce that makes it… This sauce seemingly contains 3 completely different sorts of mayo. So good. The burger is a triumph of juicy melted and crunchy bliss! And the worth level is form to the pockets.

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The burgers are higher at Rockwell and Sons… As are the fries!

And the fried rooster is famous, with Wednesday night time occasions in sizzling demand (must guide forward).


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Rockwell additionally boats wonderful handmade french fries with aoli… Vital to get this proper while you’ve received a rock star burger.

Rockwell and Sons is the proper place to dine with pals and even pull up on the bar on a stool as I did. Service was partaking and pleasant. Even the barista chatted to me over the bar whereas pouring coffees…

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Rockwell is lengthy and elongated… Cool tunes taking part in. It is a nice vibe with out pretense.

The emblem is a traditional…


Rockwell and Sons is extremely really useful for unpretentious dude meals with nice vibe and at an affordable worth in a cool a part of Smith St. 



9. Bomba Bar – CBD

Bomba Bar is without doubt one of the hottest locations in Melbourne with its killer atmosphere, thrilling Spanish delicacies and a horny wine and cocktail checklist. Jesse and Vanessa, Melbourne culinary royalty, have remodeled former The Aylesbury – already a success – into one thing much more rewarding as a Spanish Employees Bar. The World Loves Melbourne was at Bomba with media/bloggers to pattern it is choices. They might not set put to be a dude meals haven however we just like the pork jowl in particiular and the big raciones with meat dishes…


Bomba is launching out with Vermouth of sophistication quickly to be on faucet and presently imported bottle, together with an incredible Vermouth from Barcelona that is alluringly fragrant. Vermouth is huge in Barcelona proper now, notably some hip specialist Vermouth bars. Typically drunk firstly of the night with snacks, Bomba pleases with its distinctive Vermouth vary served up with snacks corresponding to Smoked almonds and olives. Take a look at The Impartial publication from the UK on Vermouth again in vogue – time to rediscover Vermouth. Vermouth might be my drink of the summer season. It is taking on gin and tonic as drink of the second.

Jesse Gerner exudes Iberian ardour in the kitchen and with Vanessa are such congenial hosts. They search to please in consideration to the element, treating clients as VIP company. No pretension. The Aylesbury was a success and Anada in Gertrude St is one other success. 

Bomba Bar delivers with this Shark Bay Prawn pil pil. In fact pil pil refers back to the distinctive sauce that derives from the Basque area of Spain. These prawns are luxurious with applicable excessive garlic content material. And the oysters (beneath) contemporary and tangy – with Bomba serving up high quality Coffin Bay and Wapengo lake rock oysters.


Vanessa Gerner is a vivacious host who exudes positivity and fervour for good meals and wine. She and Jesse are visionaries in the trade, focussing on sincere hospitality and bringing us the most effective of world traits with inventive aptitude. 

Bomba Bar’s transformation to a Spanish Employees bar is spectacular. The atmosphere is rustic, alluring and heat. Use of textures is prime notch, together with recycled timbers, woven straw mild shades, copper strengthened benches, and attractive lighting tones with pink and orange tinge.


Jesse Gerner and Andrew Frisk head up the kitchen with a love of all issues Spanish…

Lamb ribs hit the mark…


Nevertheless it’s the epic Pork jowl that steals the present. Actually the Pedro Ximenez braised pork jowl with celeriac… 


So indulgent. Amen to a fats reduce of meat. Melbourne is pork stomach loopy however test this jowl brother. It should change your life. Infused with candy Sherry flavour and nearly creamy, it wows. Essential is the knob turnip celery to chop by way of the fatty goodness. The pores and skin is tremendous sticky and I ate it eyes shut.


Bomba’s huge busty meat dish is the standout monitor on a reasonably heady album.


Grilled asparagus. lemon, egg and migas, is arresting with its refreshment and zest.

Bomba additionally satisfies with Gradual cooked pork stomach ribbons… I sneaked a few additional ones whereas my fellow diners weren’t watching.

Adam Valentine from Sizzling Home Media motions to the kitchen and we’re graced with Broad bean and goats curd Spanish toast. This hits the excessive notes with a reduce of spicy morcilla (black pudding child) on prime. Humble toast but so delectable.

Bomba was packed on a Tuesday night time, not solely downstairs however upstairs on the Rooftop Bar. Have been we in Spain? Such a novel atmosphere in Melbourne.


Bomba has additionally delivered in its Rooftop Bar – with added dimension to The Aylesbury model. Like Etihad Stadium it has a retractable roof, nice for large sport cocktail periods. We have been handled to Vermouth and Negroni’s. A Negroni is one other incarnation of Vermouth after all.

Bomba has every thing wanted in a rooftop bar. Views are beautiful on the fifth ground. In contrast to some rooftop bars in Melbourne it has satisfactory heating. And an honest bar menu together with lots of the tasty tapas choices downstairs.

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