Oh Loretta! was one of many restaurants to have opened up in the aftermath of the pandemic, not that you could tell from the diners squashed into its bustling, deejayed confines.
With only one meat dish on the menu, Vex’s menu is perfect for pescatarians and vegetarians. Simple, clean flavours are elevated, showcasing the quality of the fresh produce and seafood on offer.
In Melbourne’s fickle dining landscape where style sometimes wins over substance, I hope Faye’s dishes speak for themselves and garner more well-deserved fans.
The family-run Shaanxi-Style Restaurant makes no bones about what it specialises in – Shaanxi cuisine. Shaanxi is a landlocked region in the northwestern corner of China, and carbs are the name of the game here – specifically noodles.
I’m loving the number of Malaysian specialty restaurants that are popping up in Melbourne – Lulu’s Char Koay Teow is the latest addition.
Pinchy’s was previously a pop-up store in Emporium but I never visited because the idea of a $23 Maine lobster roll seemed slightly excessive for a workday lunch, so I was glad to see them set up permanently in the space that used to be Red Silks.
Kumo Izakaya isn’t known for strictly Japanese food with a menu that has clear Italian, Korean and Turkish influences.
Euro Kitchen’s plant-based menu was perfect for the vegan Sand Pirate Penguin, the vegetarian Feminist Film Fatale and the omnivorous me who is forever trying to reduce my meat consumption.
Chumanchu’s menu is largely Vietnamese with a few Thai, Malaysian and Indonesian flourishes. Interestingly, I found out its owner Marten Chu is the brother of Nahji Chu, founder of the popular Misschu chain.
One of the main differences between the Australian Pho Thin and the one in Hanoi is the disavowal of MSG – a downright shame if you ask me.