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The 50 Best Restaurants in Melbourne Right Now
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The 50 Best Restaurants in Melbourne Right Now

Welcome to the Time Out EAT List, our handpicked ‘best of’ Melbourne's food scene. These are the best places to eat in this city right now: the freshest, most inventive and memorable venues, ranked by our expert local editors. Unless you have the metabolism of a nine-year-old, and the finances of a Kardashian, you never stand a chance against Melbourne's ferocious dining machine. The openings just don't stop and ain't nobody got time to keep on top of what's what. Except us, that is.  Time Out’s local experts scour the city every day for great eats, great value and insider info (like these off menu items). We value fun, flavour, creativity – and value at every price point. So behold, our eat-and-destroy list – a guide to Melbourne's best restaurants.  Eaten somewhere on this list and loved it? Share it with the hashtag #TimeOutEatList Find out more about how Time Out makes recommendations and reviews restaurants. And when you're done eating, start working your way through our guides to Melbourne's best cafes, 50 best bars and 50 best pubs. Bon appétit!   // (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.3"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); //  

The best Greek restaurants in Melbourne
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The best Greek restaurants in Melbourne

There are some hungers that can only be answered by a plate of mixed dips. Maybe some olives. Definitely slow cooked lamb and fried cheese, and while you're on the subject, some Retsina and ouzo wouldn't hurt either. Luckily when you're fanging for Hellenic eats, Melbourne's got your souvas wrapped up tight. Out late? Try Melbourne's best late night eats. Or if you want to relax over a tea stand of cakes, why not book one of Melbourne's best high teas. Recommended:  The 50 best restaurants in Melbourne. 

The best bottomless brunches in Melbourne
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The best bottomless brunches in Melbourne

Going out for breakfast is a prized cultural tradition in Melbourne, and adding a drink to the mix is a sure-fire way to make the most of your weekend hours. Make those drinks free flowing and you’ve got a party on your hands. But not all bottomless brunches are made equal, so we put our stomachs and livers on the line to road test Melbourne’s best. Just want the food? Here are Melbourne's top cafés for your morning pit stop. Just want the booze? Try these 50 ace bars. Recommended: The 50 things to do in Melbourne before you die.

The best-late-night eats in Melbourne
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The best-late-night eats in Melbourne

Our fair city wears the mantle of ‘Late Night Champion’ with pride. Nowhere else in the country can you party at all hours, and then go out for a civilised meal into the bargain. These are the best late-night eats to keep the pep in your party step for nights when you need to soak up some of those high spirits, or maybe you’re just not ready for the night to be over. For more late-night antics, peruse our guides to Melbourne's best late night bars, nightclubs and bars for dancing.

The best Indian restaurants in Melbourne
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The best Indian restaurants in Melbourne

There's an Indian restaurant primed to sort your spice cravings in Melbourne

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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 steak in Melbourne
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The best steak in Melbourne

Australia’s got a hard-earned rep for producing some of the best beef in the world. Unfortunately, our track record at cooking the stuff hasn’t been quite as golden, with “grilled to within an inch of its life” a common approach, historically. Thankfully, Melbourne’s restaurants are catching on to what many have known for years – that when it comes to premium cuts, fresh is not always best. Dry-ageing, the longer the better, has finally taken off, and the result is tender steaks packed with meaty flavour, worthy of the noble beasts from whence they came. If you’re in need of a red meat fix, here’s our list of ten of the best places in Melbourne to get yours. These are by no means the only places in town throwing a rump on the grill, but they’re our go-to for every budget and occasion. Not sure exactly what you want? Here are the 50 best restaurants in Melbourne.And for dessert? The 8 best places for ice cream and gelato. Just want something fun? Try one of Melbourne's best teppanyaki restaurants.

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 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 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

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 smoothies in Melbourne
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The best smoothies in Melbourne

Keep it clean with these drinkable treats that are all about the tasty, with none of the guilt

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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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The George on Collins is launching two tasting menus from ex-MasterChef Khanh Ong
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The George on Collins is launching two tasting menus from ex-MasterChef Khanh Ong

Once upon a time, there was the power lunch – a meal where high rollers took their wheeling and dealing out into restaurants around the city. The George on Collins has revamped the idea with a focus on the time it takes to get the most out of your meal in what they’re calling the Hour of Power. Designed to show off the flavour-packed creations of their new partner – MasterChef 2018 contestant and DJ, Khanh Ong – two new “feed me” menus will be available for lunch and dinner from Tuesday–Friday and Saturday evenings starting June 4. Photograph: Supplied There is the Little Hanoi for $42pp, where Khanh selects favourite dishes for you from the  extensive Vietnamese menu. Think Bo La Lot, grilled beef and betel leaf skewers, lamb cutlets with tamarind and millionaire eggplant with Vietnamese mint and sesame dressing. If you’re feeling a little hungrier, and have a little more time on your hands, option two is rightfully named the Big Saigon. For $58 per person, feast on more of the menu with a few sweet treats thrown in. Expect banana parfait and chocolate mousse, or ricotta, pineapple and jackfruit spring rolls with ginger syrup and green peppercorn ice cream. Whether it's a swift, satisfying lunch meeting or you want to get in a quick dinner before a show or night on the town, it’s going to be a fuss-free choice. Photograph: Supplied Ong, whose infectious smile and passion for Asian cuisine made him a viewer favourite in the MasterChef kitchen last year, has revitalised

The ultimate Tassie road trip you never knew you needed
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The ultimate Tassie road trip you never knew you needed

Tassie is small enough to conquer in an extra long weekend but big enough to support all the incredible farm-to-table eateries, small-batch distilleries and eye-popping nature that it’s become known for. The best way to get there is by ship – Spirit of Tasmania, to be exact. The reason? Taking your own car to traverse this stunning isle means you can explore more than just the big cities. So take a break from Hobart and explore the rest of Tasmania, where the number of gorgeous things you’ll see and experience is bonkers high.

LAC

LAC

Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo was established in 1985 by Princess Caroline of Hanover (in accordance with her mother, Grace of Monaco’s wishes) and has since become one of the world’s most exciting ballet companies. “For a ballet company, they’re so different to what we do, but they’re really creating ballet of the 21st century,” the Australian Ballet's artistic director David McAllister says. The Australian Ballet has invited the company to Melbourne with this new, critically acclaimed take on Swan Lake, choreographed by Jean-Christophe Maillot. His production is dark, sexy and features costumes by Winter Olympics designer Philippe Guillotel. “As Jean-Christophe always does, he approaches it from a very contemporary angle,” McAllister says. “It’s the same Swan Lake story – the white swan versus the black swan – but in this production they’re played by different people.”

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Wunderage

Wunderage

Every circus is set up basically the same, right? You take one big top (preferably red and white striped), add a stage for the performers, some seats for the audience and maybe some barriers to separate the two. Circus Oz isn’t one for doing things like everyone else though. Circus Oz is shaking up the rules of circus with Wunderage: an immersive new show with no seats and no barriers between you and the performers. In Wunderage the audience isn’t just watching the show passively from the sidelines – instead they see it unfold all around them. Through mind-boggling physical feats, humour and an inspiring live score, Wunderage treads a tightrope (literally and figuratively) between who we are and who we might become. Step into the performance space and discover a room filled with giant blue boulders and tightropes up to four metres high. The performers move freely throughout the space – it’s hard to predict where they’ll appear next as they effortlessly ride bicycles on highwires, do handstands on teetering towers and flip, twist and somersault off precarious platforms. Try to keep calm as the acrobats twirl majestically in aerial slings and clamber up and down Chinese poles. The show is a collaboration with Brisbane performance art group Company2, who have infused it with the group’s sense of poetic theatricality, humour and fondness for pushing boundaries. Wunderage is a playful, heart-warming show that explores the desire for people to be something they are not. Wun

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