Name: Lobster Cave
Why: Excellent food and service
Pick of the menu: Lobster
Name: Stallions Italian Restaurant
Why: Awesome service, fantastic menu choices
Pick of the menu: Lemon Meringue Pie to die for!
Occasion: A great place to break the fast!
Name: The Pantry
Why: Child friendly and consistently good food, wide variety to suit everyone’s taste and casual atmosphere
Pick of the menu: Prawn linguini
Occasion: for lunch or dinner on Friday and Saturday nights.
Name: Green Field
Why: Cheap, Quick and Delicious (ad BYO!)
Pick of the menu: Chicken Satay Skewers.
Occasion: Everyday Restaurant – Cheap and cheerful! No frills – but good fresh food.
Name: Il Gusto
Why: Delicious food and there’s a waiter whom greets everyone like you’re an old family friend
Pick of the menu: Filet mignon
Occasion: a nice dinner with your partner or a good friend. Ask for the window seat!
Name: DiMattina’s on Lygon Street
Why: Delicious the food is fresh, it has a great atmosphere, great customer service and is clean.
Pick of the menu: Linguine Marinara, bottle of Moscatto and entrée’s
Occasion: catch up with friends, destination to meet up prior to going out that night, romantic night out
Name: Hotel Lincoln
Why: Great English menu and at reasonable prices.
Pick of the menu: Lambs fry
Occasion: Weekly dinner
Why: Exquisite Lebanese cuisine
Pick of the menu: Chicken with rice/tabouleh
Occasion: Catch up with friends
Name: Westwaters Hotel Bistro
Why: A nice family atmosphere, but still with excellent food. Great food, engaging friendly staff.
Pick of the menu: Steak or their Fish and Chips
Occasion: family night out with a nice atmosphere.
Name: Kelly’s Motor Club Hotel
Why: I've been to so many fancy over priced restaurant but this place has the most amazing food!
Pick of the menu: The Garlic chicken and Prawn, or The Parma!
Name: Eliza Billie Cafe
Why: Coffee & Cake to die for!
Pick of the menu: Flat White Coffee
Occasion: Every occasion!
Name: Jimmy Jamz
Why: Nice cheap meals, friendly staff
Pick of the menu: Poached Eggs, with rocket and avocado, Chicken Penne
Occasion: Quiet drinks with friends or family, Breakfast
Name: Little Thai Princess
Why: Authentic thai food in such a quaint and personal atmosphere
Pick of the menu: Soft Shell Crab Salad and Black Sticky Rice Pudding
Occasion: Special occasion: anniversary and date night
Why: Food is always perfect & the service is lovely
Pick of the menu: Everything...is just too good
Occasion: Perfect for a special celebration or even simply indulge yourself
Name: Hallam Hotel Bistro
Why: Great service, friendly staff and terrific food.
Pick of the menu: Garlic Prawns
Occasion: Just because!
Why: Great tasty food.
Pick of the menu: Prawn Spaghetti
Occasion: Birthday, Date, Work Party
Name: Caffe Strada
Why: Great food and lovely friendly staff
Pick of the menu: All the homemade meals and treats. Too many to choose.
Occasion: Any occasion to go and enjoy some delightful food
Why: Amazing Asian food, fantastic staff who are helpful, friendly and efficient, great atmosphere.
Pick of the menu: Betel leaf, tofu, fish curry, birds nest noodles … something off the Special menu
Occasion: Great for special occasions, but also to treat yourself – the food is amazing – great for date night, with friends or to celebrate something.
Name: The Conservatory
Why: The atmosphere and the presentation of the food
Pick of the menu: The Saturday night buffet
Occasion: Birthday dinner
Name: Aspro Ble
Why: The Greek food is absolutely fantastic
Pick of the menu: Prawn Rice Dish
Occasion: Birthday dinner
Why: Great gnocchi
Pick of the menu: Gnocchi Marinara
Occasion: Friendly get together
Name: Sticks and Grace
Why: Great food, fabulous coffee, amazing staff
Pick of the menu: Bacon and Eggs with sides of your choice
Name: 7 Wonders Cafe
Why: The service is great
Pick of the menu: Club sandwich
Occasion: Mother’s Day
Why: Small and local, great sandwiches and unbelievable cakes.
Pick of the menu: Slow-Roasted pork roll.
Occasion: small weekend lunch or takeaway – it’s tiny! Only a few tables inside.
Name: Nikos Quality Cakes
Why: Amazing Greek food & frappes
Pick of the menu: Spanakopita
Occasion: Any day, every day!!
Name: Franko Choo’s
Why: Authentic Italian, the whole family is slaving away in the kitchen
Pick of the menu: It’s a seasonal menu so it’s always changing, but it’s whatever is fresh and never fails to impress!
Occasion: Nice cosy feel so you could go any time and really enjoy it!
Name: My Sister Says
Why: Best coffee in Melbourne
Pick of the menu: Coffee!
Occasion: breakfast / lunch
Name: Friends of Mine
Why: The food and coffee is always great
Pick of the menu: The “hung” – it’s bacon and eggs with Cheesy toast & avocado…it’s the best
Occasion: Sunday brekkie
Name: Rowena Parade Corner Store
Why: Classic Melbourne Café/Deli and Eatery. Amazing coffee, food is superb, location and feel very laid back.
Pick of the menu: coffee and Bacon/Egg Panini
Occasion: Breakfast or Lunch, client meetings or just catching up with friends
Name: Noi’s Thai
Why: Authentic, Friendy and never a disappointment.
Pick of the menu: The Larb Gai (chicken salad) or the Chicken lemongrass stirfry
Occasion: Great for a relaxing, easy Fri night feast… or really anytime!
Why: Its local, friendly and overlooks the bay
Pick of the menu: Nikkie’s muesli
Occasion: Friendly Breakfast
Name: Old Kingdom
Why: Great Peking duck
Pick of the menu: Peking Duck 3 ways
Name: Near East
Why: Ambience & superb Mediterranean food
Pick of the menu: Trumpet Mushrooms & the Green Curry
Occasion: Birthday dinner
Name: Steer Bar and Grill
Why:Best steak on earth. Best house Shiraz on earth (great winelist)
Pick of the menu: steer charcuterie platter followed by pasture fed, black angus eye fillet steak and Tasmanian truffle potato puree and winter greens. Rounded off with the House Shiraz
Occasion: if you are feeling anemic, want to impress the man in your life or want to be bamboozled by a platter of big slabs of meat
Name: Caffe e Cucina
Why: Great traditional Italian food served by Italian waiters.
Pick of the menu: Linguine di Mare al Cartoccio - Pipis, prawns, mussels, scallops, garlic, chilli and tomato, baked in parchment paper
Occasion: Special night out.
Name: Squires Loft
Why: Great steak
Pick of the menu: Rib eye, mushroom sauce, with jacket potato and fried onions!
Occasion: Out with the partner – leave the kids at home.
Name: Hunky Dory
Why: Great food, cheap and consistently tasty
Pick of the menu: Chargrilled calamari with Greek salad
Occasion: Casual dinner when you can't be bothered cooking
Why: Really good food in a bustling setting
Pick of the menu: Homemade baked beans and poached eggs on toast
Occasion: Breakfast/brunch or lunch with friends.
Why: Great batter on the fish and chips
Pick of the menu: Fish and chips!
Occasion: When you can’t get enough fish and chips!