Devi is one of our hotel’s resident foodies. She can often be seen at the various “so hot right now” restaurants and bars of Melbourne. To help out visitors to Melbourne Devi has kindly provided us with a list of her Top 5 (plus two) eating experiences currently on offer in Melbourne.
1. RicePaprScrs (Liverpool Street). Tucked away in one of Chinatown’s manylaneway’s this is probably the smallest place to creating the biggest buzz in the Melbourne food scene at the moment. Crowded, fast paced and with a slogan of “use your hands” thispan Asian eatery ticks all the boxes. Devi’s tiptry the Balinese Roast Duck or the sticky pork belly and make sure you have a drink at the famous Double Happiness bar next door after your meal.
2. Mamasita (Collins St.). If you died and went to a Mexican heaven then it would be somewhere very similar to Mamasita! Simply divine Mexican dishes taken to the next level and beyond. Devi says you must start your dinner the typical Mexican street food way with some Mamasitas famous grilled sweet corn cobs and wash everything down with a chilled glass of Castro Martin Albarino
3. Di Stassio (Fitzroy St, St. Kilda). A St. Kilda institution for longer than anyone can remember, this is the place to go for that special Italian dinner. Devi’s tip is that if you want to avoid the expensive night time prices, then try the seasonal slow cooked lunch special’s which are a bargain at $35 for 3 courses and a glass of wine.
4. Chin Chin. (Flinders Lane). Funky and vibey, there seems to have been a perennial crowd outside Chin Chin since the day it opened. They don’t take bookings but luckily they have the attached Go Go Bar to have a drink whilst you wait for a seat. Delicious South East Asian dishes keep the hordes coming back again and again. Devi’s Tip; use the magic phrase “Just feed me” and the staff will bring you a selection of all the most popular dishes for just $69 per person.
5. Izakaya Den (Russell St.). Hidden down in a hard to find basement it’s worth making the effort to search out this treasure of Japanese dining. With a fabulous design and large open kitchen this place is a visual delight as well as having some of the best Japanese food in Melbourne.
6. Supper Inn (Celestial Alley) A Chinatown favourite for years. Devi added this extra selection for visitors on a tight budget. Here, you can eat like a king until the early hours of the morning and still not break the bank. Devi’s tip is to try the Special of the Day especially if it’s duck or crab.
7. Jinda Thai (Fergus street Abbotsford) This is Devi’s tip for a cheap and cheerful Thai meal in the inner city suburbs. This busy place boasts an industrial-esque type fit out and some impressive portraits of the Thai King and Queen.