In late May of this year, Melbourne woke up to its coldest day of the year with the CBD experiencing a low of just 3.6 degrees. Since then it’s just gotten colder, and colder, and colder.
So what is there to do, except for hibernate under the covers until Spring arrives? Eat, of course. Melbourne is a city well-known for its diverse food offering and when it comes to comfort eating, well, you’re in the heart of it all. Check out these 6 Melbourne hotspots where you can calorie-load to your heart’s content.
#1 Little Ramen Bar, Melbourne
Ramen has got to be near the top of your list when it comes to winter comfort food. If not, Melbourne CBD’s Little Ramen Bar is the perfect place to become well acquainted with the Japanese soul food. For those who can’t do ramen without an egg, there’s Chashu Tamago or Classic Ramen for hungry city dwellers who like to keep it simple. From $10-14, you won’t be punishing your pocket while you get your eat on, either.
#2 The Beaufort, Carlton
‘Ribs. Booze. Good Times’ is The Beaufort‘s simple, yet easy-to-follow mantra when it comes to eating out. As well as a menu full of comfort food heroes like Hillbilly Tacos, Pound ‘o’ Chicken Wings, The Cheeseburger, Maple Glazed Pork Ribs and the indulgent Truffled Mac ‘N’ Cheese, The Beaufort has some pretty sweet deals happening most nights of the week. How does $9 knock off Negronis sound? Sign us up.
#3 Chicken N Beer, Richmond
Pretty self explanatory, really. Chicken N Beer is a laidback eatery specialising in chicken in all it’s gloriously fried forms along with plenty of sides and a thirst-quenching pint or two. If you aren’t a big chicken fan, fear not, Chicken N Beer also offers meaty skewers and burgers, otherwise, the the restaurant’s beer garden is the perfect place to kick back with a local brew.
#4 Saigon Sally, Windsor
Drawing on Head Chef Arian Li’s pan-Asian heritage, Windsor’s Saigon Sally offering mischievous dishes that are elegantly playful, with just a hint of nostalgia. Get stuck into the Bottomless Brunch at Saigon Sally’s, a Viet-style yum-cha banquet every Sunday from 12pm that includes unlimited bubbles, Bia Hanoi and 6 share plates, or just opt for the ‘Feed Me’ option at $59 per person and you’ve got all your comfort food cravings sorted without even having to peruse the menu.
#5 Baby Pizza, Richmond
No good comfort food comes without a generous dose of carbohydrates. Open for breakie, lunch and dinner, Richmond’s Baby Pizza is the perfect place for casual morning cravings or pre-disco carb-loading. From classic pizzas and calzones, to all the best kind of pasta dishes and fresh insalate, Baby Pizza is a must-go for lining your stomach in style.
#6 5 & Dime, Melbourne
Eat like a New Yorker at Melbourne’s 5 & Dime, a bagel joint in the CBD that specialises in round rings of dough boiled and baked using traditional methods and from the best local ingredients. Skip the typical cream cheese filling and treat yourself to cured meats, hot smoked trout, hazelnut chocolate or the deliciousness that is ‘bacon maple chipotle’.