WARNING: Do not read if hungry.
Today we booked our flights back home to the UK and I am fearful. Fearful of a world where Burger Wednesday’s aren’t enjoyed at ‘New York Minute’ Burger Bar in Williamstown.
I will no longer be able to walk down the road and pick up a Quinoa and Hazelnut Breakfast Bowl from the Crimson Bear Health Cafe and don’t get me started on where I will find fresh-out-of-the-ocean tiger prawns in the New Forest.
Don’t get me wrong I am excruciatingly excited to see my family and friends again but Melbourne, I will miss you and most of all your GLORIOUS food.
I have always rather enjoyed eating. I am not ashamed to admit it. I live my life with the mantra good food + good wine = good times. This post may displease any foodie advocates of the UK but it is by no means a tear down of my home countries culinary offerings (I eat everything at home too); this post is more of an appreciation for the food here in Melbourne. Thinking about it I may have substituted family and friends for food, which for now whilst I am still out of the country, I’m okay with.
I have been royally spoilt during our time in Williamstown. Needless to say my plan to shed extra pounds and come back looking like a wispy Australian sun goddess have fallen through, all in the name of delicious food.
I have fallen for numerous cafes, restaurants and takeaways in my short but sweet (and savoury reey) residency both inside and outside of the boundaries of Willy.
Melbourne is not only big on its coffee and café culture but it has a huge restaurant scene to be proud of. After an influx of European and Asian immigration from the 1920’s Melbourne had a taste of what was being eaten and enjoyed all over the world. It has the second largest Italian population outside of Italy and the third largest Greek which means HEAPS of talented chefs and different cooking styles are milling around all over the place.
Being ‘grownups’ we tend to feel more at home in a quiet corner of a restaurant picking yummy treats off of the menu than once-upon-a-time when ‘eating was cheating’ and meant less money for jager.
Now, before you think I am some crazy-hungry rich girl let me tell you I am by no means rolling in cash (much the opposite) but eating out in Melbourne tends to cost as much as it does to cook at home, which to us is a no brainer. Although, in homage to my food obsession I have also learnt to cook which is definitely new for me.
To celebrate Joel’s birthday we tried and tested Viva Zapatas, a Mexican restaurant in Willy and had possibly the best nachos ever to be eaten in the history of time. There’s the handsome devil about to tuck into the homemade avo and salsa dips.
For my birthday Joel took me to the Phat Monk in Chapel Street (One of the main food hot-spots in the city) and the we ate everything on the menu. I had never eaten soft-shell crab and man, is it good. Also the menu made me chuckle so points for that.
Call me basic but my favourite go-to restaurant so far is New York Minute. Who doesn’t love a burger?
Since living here we have visited NYM once a week and have never been disappointed. The kitchen is open and sparkly-clean, the staff are a delight and the food is beyond tasty. We have taken to ordering the chicken-salted sweet potato fries instead of chips and I go for the grilled chicken breast burger (with smoked bacon, swiss cheese, spinach and homemade chilli aioli)…I need one now. Joel indulges in the signature New York Burger, with two patties and well, everything else. The New York has also been voted as being one of Melbourne’s top ten burgers, which is not a surprise.
It is a few months until we are leaving but until then I will make the most of the food glorious food out here in Oz and continue to eat my way around Melbourne.
The actual point in this post, without me getting too distracted by my own food obsession, is to impress the obvious pride that Melbourne restaurants take in not only the ridiculously tasty food they produce but the presentation and service. A sweeping statement maybe, but I am yet to have a bad meal and I have eaten a lot. I am extremely well fed and will go back to the UK with fond food memories from this city and look forward to tasting them again in the future!