Let’s face it, adulthood can be a bit of a downer at times. Bills, political turmoil, health crises – don’t you wish you could just press rewind and go back to a simpler time? A time when you didn’t have to stress over calorie counting or food journals? Well, you’re in luck! Leave your worries behind and join me on a culinary journey through Melbourne, back to the good ol’ days when you didn’t even know the meaning of the phrase “obesity epidemic”.
This bustling Collingwood restaurant is home to a variety of burgers that are guaranteed to put Ronald McDonald to shame. Try their famous Double Patty Smash Burger – two juicy beef patties, Kraft cheese and special sauce encased in a seeded brioche bun. And if poultry’s your thing, fear not – they make a mean chicken sandwich, too!
Grab a lab coat and safety goggles and head over to this next-level ice creamery! Gelato is made before your very eyes, and only in a matter of seconds. Their secret? Liquid nitrogen! With unique flavours ranging from crème brulee to buttered popcorn, N2 is sure to be a delight for all the senses. Who knew science could be so yummy?
Situated inside the Langham Hotel, Melba offers a tantalising buffet spread that is diverse enough to satisfy even the fussiest eater. Stop by the Japanese station for a scrumptious sushi roll, or sojourn over to the rotisserie section and indulge in pork crackling so crunchy it could rival your mother’s Sunday roast. My personal favourite? Their made-to-order, customisable naan station. M&M naan, anyone?
Fresh, affordable, and most importantly – delicious! BreadTop is the tuck shop you wish you’d had at school. Grab a tray and take your pick from a wide range of sweet and savoury treats, including sausage buns, chocolate horns and jam donuts (that are filled all the way through).
Fast food at its finest! Experience the humble hot chip like never before with Lord of the Fries’ criminally delectable assortment of sauces and toppings. Each sauce packs a flavour that’s region-specific, allowing your taste buds to travel around the world in just a few bites. I’d recommend going with French Canadian – hot gravy and melted cheese. Magnifique!
Chocoholics, unite! Tucked away in the CBD, this little gem boasts a range of melt-in-your-mouth, endorphin-inducing desserts that’ll make you return time and time again. Enjoy the relaxing ambiance while sipping on a hot chocolate. Or, if you’re in the mood for something particularly decadent, try their Chokolait Mousse Cake. You can thank me later!
As Mum always used to say, breakfast is the most important meal of the day! Give the Weet-Bix a miss tomorrow morning and head on down to Cafe Sweethearts for some buttery (and bacon-y!) breakfast goodness. Personal favourites include Eggs Benedict and The Blueberry Stack – a glorious combination of blueberry pancakes, bacon and a hash brown.
There’s no way you’ll be able to act your age once you’ve stepped into this sugary wonderland! The Candy Room is jam-packed with all of your favourite childhood sweets, making it every dentist’s worst nightmare. Stop by and stock up on Chupa Chups, Hershey’s and individually coloured M&Ms. You’ll definitely feel like a kid in this candy store!
Charmaine De Souza is one of Posse’s Melbourne Ambassador’s. Follow her for more of her inside tips.