Top 10 Restaurants in Melbourne 2018 | Must Eat List

It’s easy to grab a takeaway coffee or sushi roll nearly every corner in the city but much more rewarding to walk a block or two and eat well with the locals. We have written this eating guide based on our 7 years living experiences in Melbourne for your dining needs in the CBD.

1. The Mussel Pot (Breakfast, Brunch)

The smell of coconut cream and chilli or white wine and parsley permeates through the seating area of the QVB Market. Chilli coconut cream; red wine tomato chilli, and white wine garlic and parsley are just some of the many options available alongside a long list of other mouth-watering specialties, like seafood pies and mussel chowder.

SPECIALTY 
Farmed mussels, fresh mussels, baked mussels, steamed mussels, seafood pies, mussel chowder.

Cuisines Type: Modern Australian
108 Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne, VIC
Business Hour: 7AM to 5PM
Price Range: $20

2. Little Ramen Bar (Lunch & Dinner)


This is literally a little ramen bar at Little Bourke Street. The shopfront is tiny but mighty. The food serving is Godzilla sized bowls of ramen. For the best dining experiences, always order a plate of fried dumpling along side of your ramen. Always.

SPECIALTY
Housemade Gyoza Dumpling, Edamame, Chashu Tamago, Abu Ramen, Green Tea

Cuisines Type: Japanese
346 Little Bourke St, Melbourne, VIC
Business Hour 12PM to 9PM
Price Range: $25

3. Manchester Press (Cafe & Brunch)


This cafe serves the best bagel breakfast and coffee. We have eaten here a number of times, and it’s not bad.  Fresh, soft but crisp bagel, amazing flavours that just worked so well together. There are a number of hot Asian guys working as waiters in the cafe to keep your eyes busy.

SPECIALTY
Smoked Salmon Open Bagel, Carprese, Chai Latte

Cuisines Type: Cafe, Modern Australian
8 Rankins Lane, CBD, Melbourne, VIC
Business Hour 9am – 5pm
Price Range: $25

4. Dragon Boat (Breakfast & Brunch)


Dragon Boat provides decent dimsum experiences (also known as yumcha in Aussie slang) in an environment fit for formal meetings or slightly-less-casual dinners. The dimsum cuisine is unique and authentic, not the same as what we used to have in Malaysia. The food is well prepared with quality ingredients.

SPECIALTY
Authentic Hong Kong Style Dimsum, Chicken feet with black bean sauce, Shanghai duck roll

Cuisines Type: Chinese, Dimsum
203 Little Bourke Street, CBD, Melbourne, VIC
Business Hour 8AM to 1AM
Price Range: $45

5. Ghin Khao (Lunch & Dinner)


Ghin Khao could be the best Thai restaurant in Melbourne. The queue is always long at dinner time, therefore, make sure you arrive early and arrange your booking in advance. The restaurant has a very good ambience. Food is great and full of flavour. Everything beyond delicious and can’t express it in words.

SPECIALTY
Phad Thai, Soft shell crab, Green curry, Crispy pork prikkhang and the king size noodle soup.

Cuisines Type: Thai
242 Swanston Street, CBD, Melbourne, VIC
Business Hour 11PM to 11PM
Price Range $30

6. Gami Chicken and Beer (Dinner)


This is the best Korean restaurant where you can enjoy Korean fried chicken with beer. The menu is limited to mountains of fried chicken, which comes in original, soy-garlic or sweet chilli flavour, and even bigger quantities of beer. There’s the odd bit of roughage in the form of a mayo-squiggled coleslaw, but it’s the health equivalent of eating a parsley garnish on a one-kilo T-bone. Bib up, friend up, get a four-litre keg of beer and tackle this restaurant like a chicken eating champion. 

SPECIALTY
Gami Whole Chicken Original Fried + Beer and Korean Soju

Cuisines Type: Korean
100 Little Lonsdale Street, CBD, Melbourne, VIC
Business Hour 12PM to 10PM
Price Range $40

7. Minh Xuong & BBQ (Lunch & Dinner)


One of the oldest establishment in Russel St. The roast pork and duck taste really great. The chicken rice is not the usual one we have in Malaysia, or we might call it the Vietnamese-Chinese style. The meat is succulent and juicy. Prices are very affordable.

SPECIALTY
Vietnamese-Chinese Style Roast Pork and Chicken Rice

Cuisines Type: Vietnamese Chinese
209 Russell Street, CBD, Melbourne, VIC
Business Hour 12PM to 3AM
Price Range $10

8. Melbourne Hwaro Korean BBQ (Lunch & Dinner)


Hwaro is a Korean barbecue restaurant where you can order thin and bony, standard cut, premium marble or top-grade beef ribs (gal-bi). If you’re new to Korean barbecue this is a great place to start because here they’ll pop your meats on the grill, flip it and slice it when it’s ready if you prefer being a passenger. If you want to captain your own dinner cruise, you go right ahead.

SPECIALTY
Korean BBQ + ABC Soju Beer

Cuisines Type: Korean
562 Little Bourke Street, CBD, Melbourne, VIC
Business Hour 5PM to 10PM
Price Range $55

9. 400 Gradi (Dinner)


The name of 400 Gradi came from the heat of the pizza oven that cranked up to 400 degrees, the bases are chewy and puffed up around the edges. It’s a beautiful canvas for the ‘Frutti de mare’, where scallops, prawns and mussels unite harmoniously on a tomato base. The dining room is simple and elegantly done with outside seating available on a nice warm day. A great place for a casual lunch or dinner.

SPECIALTY
The Margherita

Cuisines Type: Italian, Pizza, Mediterranean
99 Lygon Street, Brunswick East, Melbourne, VIC
Business Hour 12PM to 11PM
Price Range $40

10. Tipo 00 (Dinner)


Tipo 00 is definitely a stand-out as the best pasta restaurant in Melbourne. The pappardelle, thick ribbons boasting the right resistance to the teeth, is jumbled up with rabbit braised in white wine, with the toasty crunch of hazelnuts and green specks of marjoram. This is happiness in a bowl. Carb-dodgers be damned. Loved every dish. Especially the squid ink pasta.

SPECIALTY
Gnocchi Di Patate

Cuisines Type: Italian
361 Little Bourke Street, CBD, Melbourne, VIC
Business Hour 12PM to 10PM
Price Range $40

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