By Time Out in partnership with Google
In Melbourne folklore, there’s a great divide between north and south, due to inner-suburban Melburnians’ unwillingness to cross the Yarra River. While the North is viewed as full of bohemians, hipsters and hippies, the South is stereotyped for being home to rich corporates and socialites. For many decades, the Commercial Road strip of South Yarra was considered to be one of Melbourne’s gay villages, host to the wildly popular club nights Mother, Poof Doof, Circus, Gossip and Daily Jocks. If you’re a bit hungover and need a pick-me-up on Sundays, Tokyo Tina hosts Drag Bingo Brunch every week. There is also a large Jewish population in Elsternwick, Caulfield and Balaclava that Melburnians affectionately refer to as the 'Bagel Belt' and is home to the first bagelry to open in Melbourne, Glicks. If you walk into a supermarket in these areas, the delis each have their own kosher section. Southsiders are also known for obsessively running the Tan – the track around the Royal Botanical Gardens, which is just shy of 4km.
Mr Miyagi's Schnitty Bao is one of the unique dishes you can find on the south side and by no means the only one. Over in Balaclava, Tulum is redefining what people think of Turkish food, while South Yarra's France-Soir is the place to be for expert wine service, steak tartare and frites. Hop over to St Kilda for refined Cantonese at Lau's Family Kitchen – from the family who established Melbourne's Flower Drum. From hidden gems to quirky icons, these establishments and their own ‘signature searches’ represent the character and diversity that make each part of Melbourne so special.
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Win vouchers to try all four unique eats for free
For the Time Out Food Awards 2019, we partnered with Google to discover unique dishes in our neighbourhoods. We searched far and wide to find some delicious dishes and the local heroes who made them and locked in a shortlist of one-of-a-kind dining experiences worth searching for. Now, we want to inspire you to go out and eat these Signature Searches for yourselves with a little bit of extra incentive. All you have to do is get out there, try them, and collect 'em all with brag-worthy food pics. If you share your fave dish on Instagram you'll go in the draw to win the local equivalent of a golden ticket – vouchers to all try all four dishes (worth $300) for free! Here’s how: Step one: Read all about the delicious Signature Searches here. Step two: Try one or more dish (full suite is highly recommended) Step three: Post your favourite on Instagram and make sure you tag #foundongoogle Step four: Sit back and wait to win the golden loot. Competition ends Midnight 30th Sept