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Ben Shewry, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


Spring Street Grocer (next to The European) for gelato. The flavours change frequently and it's all very high quality.

Embla I like the cooking. Dave (Verheul) is a smart chef and Christian (McCabe) is a fantastic host.

Dainty Sichuan You need to go with at least four people so you can try more dishes. I like the green beans with pork, the fried eggplant and the pork rib chilli hotpot.

Kalimera Souvlaki Art (in Oakleigh, 20KM south-east of the city). Their pork gyros platter is an amazing feast.

Supernormal, Cutler & Co, Marion & more

Tulum Coskun Uysal is creating some of the best contemporary Turkish food I've ever eaten.

Chotto A refined Japanese cafe that I love going to for breakfast. Their 'sakana gozen' set of soy-marinated grilled fish and dashi maki tamago is the perfect way to start the day.

Tipo 00 I love the stylish yet relaxed vibe. Their handmade pastas are insanely good.

Flower Drum Anthony Lui creates beautiful Cantonese food and uses incredibly fresh seafood. Quite possibly some of the best service in Melbourne.

Andrew McConnell, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Bar Americano, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Bar Americano

Coffee at Dukes and Patricia: Both are exceptional examples of coffee culture in Melbourne, without question the best coffee city on the planet.

Wine and snacks at Embla, wine and fish at Gerald's Bar (Carlton North). It's all natural at Embla and more old school at Gerald's. Both have amazing service, are relaxed but extremely knowledgeable and have small lists of brilliant food. My favourite bread in Melbourne is at Embla and Gerald's has some of the best fish in the city.

Supernormal: Great buzz from lunch to late night. Always fun, always tasty.

Pho Nom

Ling Nan My favourite Chinatown supper for live fish from the tank, roast duck and jellyfish salad, and pork intestine stuffed with prawn mousse.

Embla So good. So easy.

Soi 38 Thai noodles, especially boat noodles, hidden in a car park.

Saint Urban (Richmond). A small wine bar doing classic bistro dishes with awesome new world and old world wines.

Jinda Thai (Richmond): Cool, casual Thai venue for street food and home-style dishes

Jarry Mai, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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Dainty Sichuan

Search high and low for a hotspot (or hotpot) fierier than South Yarra's spicy Dainty Sichuan.


Praise Saint.Urban, patron saint of winemakers and classy Richmond wine bar and dining room.

Gerald's Bar

Visit an award winning bar, with knowledgeable staff, daily menu and an extensive drinks list.


Super restaurateur Andrew McConnell guides tastebuds through an exciting Asian-inspired menu.

Flower Drum

Invent a special occasion to get yourself to Flower Drum and tuck into the fêted Cantonese fare.

Dukes at Ross House

Get your coffee fix with a dose of feel-good factor from the combined forces of Dukes at Ross House.


Get a taste of contemporary Turkish cuisine with chef Coskun Uysal's modern take on Anatolian recipes.

The Spring Street Grocer

Venture into a world of gourmet groceries and produce, along with a sandwich bar and cheese cellar.


Taste further evidence of the Town Mouse team's recipe for success at a welcoming city wine bar.


Stand around with a serious but simple brew. Coffee here comes three ways: black, white and filter.

Tipo 00

Wrap your fork around pasta made with passion and the restaurant's namesake, fine 'tipo 00' flour.

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