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Sweet, Savoury, Special: September Edition

If you’re a Melbourne local, you know Winter is like a relative who overstays their welcome. You want to kick them out, but you know the minute things get tough (read: Our simmering summers) you’ll be begging them to come back. So while we wait for Auntie Winter to pack up her mothball suits of grey clouds and sudden sideways rain, let’s celebrate all the great things about Spring via this month’s edition of Sweet, Savoury, Special: Fresh flavour, shared experiences, and being a little more conscious of that waist line in preparation for summer.

Sweet: Serotonin Eatery, Burnley

Practically an institution in the #cleaneating tribes of Melbourne, Serotonin eatery is a trendy little space tucked away in Richmond’s sister suburb of Burnley. Only adding to their philosophy of “food that promotes serotonin (The chemical released when we feel happy)”, you’ll find this cafe next to the Golden Square Bicentennial Park, making this a good spot for a vegetarian feast with the kids. Serotonin gets our sweet pick for September thanks to it’s Positive Pancakes – a moreish stack of banana flour pancakes drizzled with house made banana ice cream and coconut and berry yoghurt, then finished with agave, strawberries and roasted almonds.

Where: 52 Madden Grove, Burnley 3121
Open for:
Breakfast and Lunch
More: www.serotonindealer.com

Savoury: Souk, Melbourne

If you’re a dumpling fiend like us, get ready to have your mind blown. Neatly sliding into the Middle Eastern cuisine space in Melbourne dining, Souk doesn’t play to the usual beat – The bright pink neon sign illuminating Bligh Place will immediately tempt you in to a curtained cavernous interior, ready to delight with incredible Turkish fare. The taste here is contemporary, light and incredibly fresh. Reasonably priced, our pick is the Manti Turkish Dumplings, a perfect balance of beef and middle eastern spices, served with garlic yoghurt, paprika butter and topped with sumac dusted tortilla chips.

Where: 13 Bligh Pl, Melbourne VIC 3000
Open for:
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
More: www.soukmelbourne.com.au/

Special: MoVida

All hail the King of Spanish Tapas in Melbourne. MoVida scores our Special spot this month as a dining experience with branches. If you’re not lucky enough to score a spot this Spring (Tables are booked out months in advance) MoVida Next Door and MoVida Terrazza are the perfect alternatives, offering open air spaces to enjoy your share platters, and classic intimate dining, all amongst the rustic Spanish decor MoVida is so well known for.

Where: 1 Hosier Lane, Melbourne VIC 3000
Open for:
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
More: www.movida.com.au