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5 must try Melbourne dishes for 2019

5 must try Melbourne dishes for 2019 - Our top picks for what you should be eating and drinking this year!

5 must try Melbourne dishes for 2019

If you’re only going to try 5 dishes this year, make sure it’s these ones. Here’s our guide to 5 affordable must try dishes in Melbourne:

Raindrop Cake, Grand Lafayette, Prahran

Raindrop Cake


Address: 9 Clifton Street, Prahran

Opening Times: 

Mon         8am to 3pm
Tue          8am to 3pm and 5:30pm to 9pm
Wed         8am to 3pm and 5:30pm to 9pm
Thu          8am to 3pm and 5:30pm to 9pm
Fri          8am to 3pm and 5:30pm to 10pm
Sat         8am to 3pm and 5:30pm to 10pm
Sun       8am to 3pm and 5:30pm to 9pm

Why did this make the list: We loved its uniqueness, and the fact it’s practically zero calories. It’s the most fun low fat dessert you’ll eat this year – and it’s super refreshing on a hot day. There’s also four flavours so make sure you try them all and let us know your fave.

Our full review of Grand Lafayette..

Fish Finger Butty, St James, Malvern

Fish finger butty - St James


Address: 1376 Malvern Road, Malvern

Opening Times: 

Mon         7am to 3:30pm
Tue           7am to 3:30pm
Wed          7am to 3:30pm
Thu          7am to 3:30pm
Fri            7am to 3:30pm
Sat           8am to 3:30pm
Sun          8am to 3:30pm

Why did this make the list: Taking months to perfect, this British-Melbourne hybrid brunch dish combines a U.K. classic with fresh Melbourne produce to make probably the best fish finger sandwich you’ll ever eat.

Our full review of St James.

Taro Pancakes, Syndicate Room, Sandringham

Pancakes Syndicate Room


Address: 1/254 Bay Road, Sandringham

Opening Times: 

Mon         6:45am to 5pm
Tue           6:45am to 5pm
Wed         6:45am to 9pm
Thu          6:45am to 9pm
Fri            6:45am to 9pm
Sat           7:30am to 9pm
Sun          7:30am to 4pm

Why did this make the list: While most places have now gone through the Taro trend and moved on to the next, Syndicate Room have sat back and quietly perfected their unique pancake dish. Put simply it’s a work of art on a plate.

Our latest post about Syndicate Room..

Cheeseburger Dumplings, Drumplings, CBD



Address: 227-229 Bourke Street, Melbourne CBD

Opening Times: 

Mon         11am to 10pm
Tue          11am to 10pm
Wed        11am to 10pm
Thu         11am to 11pm
Fri          11am to 11pm
Sat          11am to 10pm
Sun        11am to 9pm

Why did this make the list: While Drumplings have a whole host of weird and wonderful flavours, nothing will quite match biting into that dumpling and it tasting exactly like a cheeseburger. Probably the most unique dumplings in Melbourne, they have to be tried to be believed.

Our full review of Drumplings.

Snow Buns, Tuan Tuan, Carlton

Snow Buns, Tuan Tuan Chinese Brasserie


Address: R1/139 Queensberry St, Carlton

Opening Times: 

Mon          3pm to 10pm
Tue           12pm to 3pm and 5pm to 10pm
Wed         12pm to 3pm and 5pm to 10pm
Thu          12pm to 3pm and 5pm to 10pm
Fri           12pm to 3pm and 5pm to 10pm
Sat          12pm to 3pm and 5pm to 10pm
Sun        12pm to 3pm and 5pm to 10pm

Why did this make the list: The sweet and salty combo make these little buns an ideal snack. Surprisingly filling and in a range of flavours, they’re a nice stand out on Tuan Tuan’s comfort food filled Hong Kong inspired menu.

Our full review of Tuan Tuan.

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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