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Time Out Food Awards 2019: Nominees
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Time Out Food Awards 2019: Nominees

The annual Time Out Melbourne Food Awards allow us to celebrate the city’s best restaurants, cafés and chefs. The culinary talent in this city is staggering, and 2019 has been a particularly good year. These restaurants are killing it right now, and should go straight to the top of your must-dine list. Winners will be announced at the big event on Monday September 2 – tickets are on sale now. 

Four unique dishes worth searching for
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Four unique dishes worth searching for

We’re partnering with Google to celebrate those one-of-a-kind Signature Searches that no food fan will want to miss. 

The best pies in Melbourne
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The best pies in Melbourne

Who ate all the pies? We did, in a fearless and fattening quest to find Melbourne’s least humble pies. Whether classic crusts are a must or you crave innovative takes on traditional treats, this list of Melbourne’s finest will have you champing at the bit. Melbourne's not just limited to pies for the best cheap eats, we have burgers and toasties as well. Why not finish off with a doughnut for dessert?  

Vote for unique eats in our Food Awards
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Vote for unique eats in our Food Awards

For the Time Out Food Awards 2019, we are partnering with Google to discover unique dishes in our neighbourhoods. 

Melbourne's best hot pots
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Melbourne's best hot pots

The undeniably carnal high that comes from dropping meat and veg into scalding broth powered by gas and flames at the dining table is something a good many of the world’s peoples are into. China alone accounts for at least ten distinct varieties of hot pot across its highly nuanced regional gastro-map, but neighbouring countries Japan, Korea, Vietnam and Thailand are also bubbling many of their own unique broths.   In this exercise, we’ve plucked out six of the city’s most impressive hot pots from across East Asia and indexed them by country and frenzy factor, with five representing frenzy AF. Wrangle a crew – you’ll generally want at least four – and prepare to get a little messy (and smelly – good smelly) at one of Melbourne’s best. If you're still hunting some of Melbourne's bests, try hitting up our favourite Korean BBQ joints or test your spice levels with Melbourne's hottest dishes.

Where to eat right now

The best new restaurants in Melbourne right now
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The best new restaurants in Melbourne right now

Stay ahead of the crowds with our guide to Melbourne's new restaurants and cafés

The best roasts in Melbourne
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The best roasts in Melbourne

The culinary equivalent of a hug from your grandma, pub roasts are back in a big way. Our guide to 13 of Melbourne’s best roasts will see you through until the end of winter. Want more ace Melbourne eats? Try one of Melbourne's 50 best restaurants. Weather not cooperating? Check out the best pubs with fireplaces. 

Where to eat hot-pot-for-one in Melbourne
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Where to eat hot-pot-for-one in Melbourne

One of the great modern innovations of Chinese fast casual dining, malatang, or ‘hot numbing soup’ has at last taken root in Melbourne’s increasingly detailed regional Chinese food scene. Malatang is an abridged take on classic Sichuan hot pot, streamlined into a single bowl for the solo diner. A favourable price point and a high vegetable content also make it a good call for any night you don’t want to cook.It works like this: customers grab a pair of tongs and a basket and line up in front of a series of shelves holding vegetables, carbs, seafood, meats and vital organs. You fill your basket with whatever you would like to eat, then it is weighed, charged per 100 grams and whisked away to be plunged into one of several rich, secret spice-laden broths that range in intensity from mild to ruinously hot. In most malatang venues your meal is then served in a fabulously ornate bowl ‘dry’ (without broth) or ‘wet’ (with) minutes later.For new players, malatang restaurants generally mandate a minimum per bowl—generally somewhere in the area of 300-400 grams. This information will be available somewhere near the counter, so make sure you know what you’re getting yourself into before you begin assembling your meal — 400 grams (plus soup) is nothing to sneeze at. Dedicated malatang stores are opening across the CBD and out into the suburbs of Melbourne. Here’s our pick of the top five spots to get your hot pot fix. Prefer dumplings? Here's Melbourne's best. If you don't know what yo

The best cheap eats in Melbourne
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The best cheap eats in Melbourne

Dine out without breaking the bank with our guide to 20 fantastic meals under $20 in Melbourne

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The best Melbourne cafés

The best coffee in the Melbourne CBD
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The best coffee in the Melbourne CBD

We road-tested the best coffee in the CBD to find Melbourne's best cups

The best hot chocolates in Melbourne
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The best hot chocolates in Melbourne

What better way to warm the cockles than with a mug of rich, gooey melted chocolate?

The best porridges in Melbourne
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The best porridges in Melbourne

Forget the humble bowl of oats: these designer porridges are haute comfort foods worth waking up to

The best cafés in Melbourne
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The best cafés in Melbourne

We scoured Melbourne to find the best cafés for brunch, coffee or a cheeky morning snack

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The best places to eat in Melbourne

The best restaurants for spicy food lovers
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The best restaurants for spicy food lovers

The (literally) hottest places in town, for those of you who like to have your spicy food and eat it too

The best soups in Melbourne
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The best soups in Melbourne

Ward off the cold with these comforting bowls of soup

The best pastas in Melbourne
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The best pastas in Melbourne

Because there are situations in life where only a big bowl of carbs will do

The best pizzas in Melbourne
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The best pizzas in Melbourne

Mamma mia! We've eaten our way around Melbourne to find the best slices

The best Korean barbecue in Melbourne
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The best Korean barbecue in Melbourne

Forget the deep south, turns out Korea is the king of the grill

The best dumplings in Melbourne
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The best dumplings in Melbourne

This city does a fine line in dim sum: here are the best dumpling houses in Melbourne

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The best Japanese restaurants in Melbourne
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The best Japanese restaurants in Melbourne

Say "konnichiwa" to Melbourne's finest places to enjoy sushi, sashimi, sake and so much more

The best Italian restaurants in Melbourne
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The best Italian restaurants in Melbourne

Mangia, mangia! Sample the flavours of Tuscany to Sicily at Melbourne's finest Italian eateries

The best French restaurants in Melbourne
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The best French restaurants in Melbourne

From soufflés to steak frites, there's plenty of top-notch Gallic cuisine to be found

The best Mexican restaurants in Melbourne
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The best Mexican restaurants in Melbourne

Our guide to Melbourne's best Mexican eats, from the traditional to the unabashedly inauthentic

The best Korean restaurants in Melbourne
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The best Korean restaurants in Melbourne

Our top spots for bibambap, barbecue and mouth-watering Korean fried chicken

The best restaurants for spicy food lovers

Melbourne's foodie hotspots

The best restaurants in St Kilda
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The best restaurants in St Kilda

Here are some of the best restaurants in Melbourne's beachside suburb

The best Lygon Street restaurants
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The best Lygon Street restaurants

Where to eat along Melbourne's quintessential restaurant strip in Carlton

The best restaurants in Docklands
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The best restaurants in Docklands

Find amazing food, from Spanish tapas to great Indian fare, in windy Docklands

For the sweet tooth

The best doughnuts in Melbourne
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The best doughnuts in Melbourne

Whether you like 'em sprinkled, stuffed or glazed, here's where to get your mitts on Melbourne's finest

The best ice cream and gelato in Melbourne
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The best ice cream and gelato in Melbourne

We've licked and scooped our way across the city in search of Melbourne's best cone artists

The best high teas in Melbourne
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The best high teas in Melbourne

Afternoon tea, high tea, high coffee, crafty tea... all fashions are catered for in our guide

The best patisseries in Melbourne
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The best patisseries in Melbourne

The best croissants in the world, to old-school cakes you want to take home to your grandmother

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Time Out Food Awards
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Time Out Food Awards

Forks at the ready, Melbourne: the Time Out Food Awards are returning. At the George on Collins on Monday September 2, Time Out readers will join the stars of the local restaurant industry to celebrate the city’s best restaurants, cafés and chefs. Expect delicious canapés, Bisleri Sparkling and Still Water, refreshing ales from Gage Roads, and wine and spirits. MasterChef season ten fan favourite Khanh Ong will be your host, announcing winners in categories such as Best Cheap Eat, Chef of the Year and the coveted Restaurant of the Year award. There will also be a new People’s Choice Award celebrating signature eats worth searching for, in partnership with Google. Make sure you read our guide to unique eats in Melbourne, try them all, and get voting for your fave. Tickets ($55 + BF) go on sale from August 1 and will sell quickly, so mark your diary, save the date, spread the word and snap your eating adventures using the handle #foundongoogle.  These awards are made possible thanks to our sponsors Google, Gage Roads Brewing and Bisleri.     // var exampleCallback = function() { console.log('Order complete!'); }; window.EBWidgets.createWidget({ // Required widgetType: 'checkout', eventId: '64954843686', iframeContainerId: 'eventbrite-widget-container-64954843686', // Optional iframeContainerHeight: 425, // Widget height in pixels. Defaults to a minimum of 425px if not provided

Vote for unique eats in Time Out’s Food Awards
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Vote for unique eats in Time Out’s Food Awards

By Time Out in partnership with Google For the Time Out Food Awards 2019, we are partnering with Google to discover unique dishes in our neighbourhoods. We searched far and wide to find some awesome local heroes doing great things worth searching for. The People’s Choice: Signature Searches award invites Time Out readers to discover and try these amazing eats, with the chance to win tickets to the big Time Out Food Awards event in September and more.   Here’s what involved. Step one: Read all about Google Signature Searches here. Step two: Try them!  Step three: Vote for your favourite and have your say, tagging #foundongoogle Vote now Further event details can be found here.      In association with 

Mercedes me x Adventure: Mental Resilience
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Mercedes me x Adventure: Mental Resilience

In this inspiring conversation hosted by Mercedes me Melbourne, two adventurers share their stories of incredible physical feats – and the remarkable mental resilience that made them possible. The first is writer and explorer Robyn Davidson, author of the best-seller Tracks. The book and subsequent 2013 feature film detailed her nine-month solo trek through the Australian desert, undertaken with four camels and her dog. The second guest is Mark Wales, an ADF veteran with ten tours of duty under his belt. After serving as an elite troop commander in Afghanistan, he battled depression and stress disorders upon leaving the military. He applied the strategy and focus he learned on the battlefield to his recovery, and now educates others on leadership, teamwork and high performance. The duo will chat to journalist Mark Beretta about their respective journeys, and the mental fortitude required to get through them. Tickets are $10 and include a drink and snacks by St Ali.

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19 Melbourne restaurants where you can be rewarded just for eating
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19 Melbourne restaurants where you can be rewarded just for eating

With fabulous restaurants hailing from every corner of the globe, eating in our fair city is a reward in itself. But what if you could be rewarded just for visiting the restaurants and cafés you already love, ensuring you always get more bang for your buck on your next food adventure? Liven is a nifty mobile wallet and payment app that gives you access to a whole new world of restaurant rewards. Pay and earn at over 1,000 restaurants that already include dining institutions such as Messina, Din Tai Fung, Dodee Paidang and more. When you dine using the Liven app, you accrue a universal digital currency called ‘LVN’ that can go towards your next feast. LVN can be spent at any partner restaurant, sent to your friends within the Liven app, or donated to charity. All you need to do is enjoy your meal and pay with one simple click and earn instantly. To start eating your way toward the rewards, just search for your favourite restaurant on the Liven app, enjoy a fabulous meal and pay using Liven. To make life even easier, we’ve picked out some winners you can visit right away in Melbourne. Download the Liven app now and start eating and earning. Liven’s also slinging out $100,000 worth of food and prizes. Dine with Liven and go into the running to win a month’s free of your food faves – burgers, gelato, laksa – food-themed swag bags, and more. Every $10 spent counts as an entry, and you can earn double entries by eating at any of

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