After my last day of classes at university ever (or for now), a much needed vacation to Melbourne was needed. Josh and I really had one aim for Melbourne, and that was to eat. EAT. I made me think about how my family and I used to just take weekend trips up to Penang Island just to eat. We still do that by the way. And maybe Melbourne is our Penang.
We arrived Saturday bright and early to make full use of the day and was greeted with the most amazing weather Melbourne has ever graced us with. But because it wasn’t time to check in yet, we headed to Cumulus Inc after setting our bags in the lockers at YHA on Flinders. So, sit back and relax as I take you on the food journey we had.
Upon entering, I gathered a really classy vibe from this restaurant. It was definitely more of a proper restaurant than a chilled cafe. Their baked eggs seemed to be a hit there so I decided to have a go. Their bread was one of the better breads I’ve been served along with baked eggs. The baked eggs itself was pretty alright. Their coffee was decent as well. After giving this a go after seeing all the writeup’s, I probably wouldn’t go back again.
This was one of our must-go places when we wanted to make the trip down. Also because we couldn’t make it last year because we assumed they were opened everyday but weren’t. They’ve since relocated from QVM to Welcome To Thornbury temporarily while waiting for their new store to open. We got to the place at 12pm and it has just opened. A little out of the way but it seemed that we’ve stumbled upon a food truck haven. Junkyard/servo turned bar and food truck gathering offered a wide selection of food from the food trucks that arrived on what i assumed was a first-come-first-access to a spot basis as I saw a couple of other food trucks driving pass seeing as they were already full. We didn’t get to try any of them as we were full from before. The doughnuts itself was very fluffy in texture and not dense at all. Their variety of flavours were very interesting and great! I was definitely recommend this place as your to-go doughnut joint.
We had Maedaya that night but I’ll save that for a post on it’s own as it was the most spectacular Japanese food I’ve had in Australia so far. Even Josh said it was amazing, and he never says anything like that. So much so, we went back a second time on our last night.
On Sunday, we picked up our GoGet car to make a trip to the Mornington Peninsula. I did some research before going and found Port Phillip Estate to have insane reviews. This vineyard is a bit further up in Red Hill, about 25 minutes from Mornington town.
Port Phillip Estate
You could opt for either a two or three course menu for an affordable price. This was one of the rare times I experience a winery utilising seafood so much. It’s usually the usual poultry and garden grown things. I guess being close to waters had it’s perks. The was they presented their food was everything you’d expect when dining in a winery. You know they handled their seafood well as our entrees of scallops and ocean trout was made to perfection. Their desserts was a given a modern twist to very homey desserts. We had a slow baked Red Hill apple which was essentially sort of like an apple crumble. Really good. I would highly recommend this restaurant if you decide to make a trip to Mornington Peninsula.
The following day, we went back to try some of St Ali Coffee Roasters’ food after trying their coffee during the start of our day before driving to Mornington.
Loving their coffee here. Super strong blend, just how we like it. Their milk frothing was done well too. I saw that they did a lot of egg dishes here so I had to take one of their egg dishes here. Their corn fritters also seemed to be their hit here so I decided to try that. The corn fritters were not dry and their flavours were good too. The eggs were done perfectly, evidently through the runny yolk.
This place gave a interesting variety of doughnuts. You’d get your traditional doughnut texture, a cake texture, and a cruller. We gave each texture ago and was very satisfied with the outcome. The doughnut texture was very flight and airy, while the cake texture wasn’t as cakey as you’d thing it would be. It was still light and crumbly without being dry. The cruller was something like an airy churro soaked in the choice of flavour. Super rich but super yummy. Not for the faint hearted. Their filter coffee was amazing as well.
If you’re coming to Melbourne for the coffee like us, Proud Mary has got to be one of your stops. A lot of Sydney specialty brewers like Brewristas and Handcraft have been importing their beans lately too. We just went for the coffee and I had to get their geisha that was being offered that day. The geisha was hailed from Panama and it was light, fruity, and smooth. The other cup was Guatemalan caturra which was also fruit, smooth, but strong.
We made a quick stop for a snack at Jimmy Grants by George Colombaris. Being avid fans of Masterchef, we had to give it a go. Their souvlakis was full of flavour but found it too small for the price paid which was $11 each. But to be honest, Melbourne seemed to have way smaller portions than Sydney.
The Kettle Black
What’s a trip to Melbourne without eating the famous ricotta hotcake from Kettle Black or Top Paddock. Which are, by the way, by the same people. Because we’ve tried Top Paddock during our trip last year, naturally, we went to Kettle Black. Nestled in between tall, modern office blocks was an old Victorian-esq building. Their food was amazing and so beautifully presented. It was like every Instagrammer’s dream; pretty food, great lighting, and a famous location. But this actually tasted great. I say that because every time i see multiple pictures within a week about the next hype, i decide to go and try it for myself but get disappointed most of the time! I am almost sure that people are just doing it because a) other people are or/and b)it just looks pretty for the gram or/and c) someone is being compensated to promote them.
The ricotta hotcake was less sweeter than the last time I had it, and also much thicker. So we weren’t able to finish it this time but the waitress commended us for our efforts. HAHA!
The Mussel Pot
Just $12 for 1kg of fresh mussels, you’d get the freshest bowl of mussels at the Prahran Market. We had it with the coconut and chilli flavour and it was so flavourful. I’d so recommend this place if you’re in the Chapel St area doing some shopping. But we didn’t even come in here because we were shopping nearby, it’s been a point to visit the Prahran Market every time we are down to get the freshest homemade food items here from dips to pastas to the finest ingredients sourced from Australia and the rest of the world.
Hammer & Tong 412
On our last day, we decided to give this place since so many people that have gone here have raved about it. Unfortunately, all the dishes that were raved about before just left the menu as it has been now changed to the next seasonal menu. However, the softshell crab burger was still available and that was good! A new addition was a chicken burger and that was even better IMO! So definitely get that one. BUT again, i think it was a bit too pricey at $17 just for a burger alone. It would have been much more worth it to have it come with a side of something.
Patricia Coffee Brewers
OK, this one of the most amazing coffee places I have been to. Super friendly staff and amazing coffee to boot. Such an amazing end to the trip. Their fliters was very well done. My cold filter came with a super cool flask to be poured onto a giant block of ice. I also tried a latte from them to which they recommended which blend would suit better with soy milk. I think more baristas should do that if there was an option. I really wish Sydney had the coffee culture Melbourne has! That is one thing i will definitely miss from Melbourne. Also, their coffees are generally cheaper there too. Soy milk is only an additional 20 cents as supposed to 50 cents in Sydney. I could get used to their pricing if I moved there. And yes, we took away Shortstop to fly them back to Sydney too.
So, that was basically my food itinerary in Melbourne! I hope these would help you make some choices if you are planning a trip down. From everything listed, my must to-go places are definitely Shortstop, Patricia Coffee, Maedaya (stay tuned), The Kettle Black, The Mussel Pot, and Prahran Market. Port Phillip Estate if you’re going to Mornington Peninsula!