Best of: Where to eat in Melbourne this August

Melbourne Best Eats: August 2018 Edition

Can’t decide where to brunch this Sunday, or looking for that new place to try for dinner? Never fear, each month we’ll be bringing you our latest top picks for the Melbourne food scene.

Breakfast/Brunch:

Shanklin Cafe, Hawthorn

 

Website: http://www.shanklincafe.com.au/

Address: 500 Tooronga Road, Hawthorn East

Opening Times: 

Mon        7am to 4pm
Tue          7am to 4pm
Wed        7am to 4pm
Thu         7am to 4pm
Fri           7am to 4pm
Sat          7am to 4pm
Sun        7am to 4pm

Our top picks: Nutella stuffed pancakes, Portobello Mushroom

Suzie Scribble’s insider tip: If you can, try and visit these guys out of peak times to avoid a long wait. (Although, being one of the best brunches we’ve had this year, we can confirm the wait is totally worth it).

Our full review of Shanklin.

 

Turquoise Eatery, Caulfield

 

 

Website: http://www.turquoiseeatery.com.au/

Address: 451 Hawthorn Road, Caulfield South

Opening Times: 

Mon         7am to 4:30pm
Tue          7am to 4:30pm
Wed        7am to 4:30pm
Thu         7am to 4:30pm
Fri           7am to 4:30pm
Sat           8am to 5pm
Sun          8am to 5pm

Our top picks: Forbidden Winter Black Rice Porridge, Lotus Cookie Pannacotta

Suzie Scribble’s insider tip: Turquoise are frequently changing their menu, so make sure you pop back every few months to see what’s new!

Our full review of Turquoise.

 

Lunch:

11 inch pizza, Melbourne CBD

 

 

Website: http://www.pizzamelbournecbd.com.au/

Address: Equitable Place, 353-359 Lt Collins St

Opening Times: 

Mon        11am to 10pm
Tue          11am to 10pm
Wed        11am to 10pm
Thu         11am to 10pm
Fri           11am to 10pm
Sat          5pm to 10pm
Sun        5pm to 10pm

Our top picks: Patata Pizza, Meat lovers (this was a special), Banana and Peanut butter dessert pizza.

Suzie Scribble’s insider tip: Make sure you check out the specials on the boards (and save room for dessert)!

Our full review of 11 inch pizza. 

 

Tahina, Fitzroy

 

Website: https://www.tahinabar.com/

Address: 362 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

Opening Times: 

Mon         11am to 9pm
Tue           11am to 9pm
Wed          11am to 9pm
Thu          11am to 9pm
Fri            11am to 9pm
Sat           11am to 9pm
Sun         11am to 9pm

Our top picks: Red falafel pita, Red Shakshuka, Vegan Malabi

Suzie Scribble’s insider tip: Make sure you keep walking through the venue and sit in their gorgeous courtyard out back!

Our full review of Tahina 

 

Dinner:

Spinetoli, South Yarra

 

 

Website: https://www.spinetolicafe.com/

Address: 25 Toorak Road, South Yarra

Opening Times: 

Mon         Closed
Tue           6pm to 10pm
Wed          12pm to 3pm and 6pm to 10pm
Thu          12pm to 3pm and 5pm to 10:30pm
Fri            12pm to 3pm and 5pm to 11pm
Sat            12pm to 3pm and 6pm to 10:30pm
Sun         6pm to 10pm


Our top picks: Tuna Tartare, Kingfish Risotto
Suzie Scribble’s insider tip: Make sure you check out their specials! Typically these are dishes where they can’t always get the fresh produce they need so they don’t make it on to their permanent menu, but they are amazing!

Our full review of Spinetoli. 

Drumplings, Melbourne CBD

 

 

Website: https://www.drumplings.com/

Address: 227-229 Bourke Street, Melbourne CBD

Opening Times: 

Mon         11am to 8pm
Tue          11am to 8pm
Wed        11am to 9pm
Thu         11am to 11pm
Fri          11am to 11pm
Sat          11am to 11pm
Sun        11am to 7pm

Our top picks: Cheeseburger Dumplings, Beef Rendang Dumplings, Shittake Mushroom Dumplings

Suzie Scribble’s insider tip: Go in the evening to best appreciate their cocktail bar vibe and enjoy a few cheeky drinks with your d(r)umplings!

Our full review of Drumplings. 

 

Other:

The Hatter and The Hare – Afternoon Tea

 

 

Website: http://hhcafe.com.au/

Address: 1/21 Scoresby Rd. Bayswater 3153

Opening Times: 

Mon         7am to 4pm
Tue          7am to 4pm
Wed        7am to 4pm
Thu         7am to 4pm
Fri           7am to 4pm
Sat           8am to 4pm
Sun         8am to 4pm

Our top picks: Tofu with Miso Caramel, Pina colada Tart, Mini Dulce de Leche Choux

Suzie Scribble’s insider tip: You have to pre-order the high tea, but don’t worry, even if you just rock up they’ve got an extensive list of great things to choose from!

Our full review of The Hatter and The Hare. 

Disclaimer: We dined as guests of the above venues. We received no additional incentives to include them in this list. All of our opinions are based on our honest experiences. We cannot guarantee things at a cafe or restaurant won’t change (including, but not limited to, menu items and opening hours, so please confirm any details with the venue before visiting)

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