Here we are in Sydney complaining about winter blues – it’s 19 degrees outside. Meanwhile in Melbourne the temperature’s struggling to hit above 15 degrees… While the two cities may not have weather in common, we do share one delicious trait – foodie heaven.
Melbourne is still ‘full winter’ and battling icy cold winds, heavy rain and all the messy hair a girl can handle. Any sane human will tell you, when you’re tired, cold and wet, you can’t help but gravitate towards food; and that’s exactly what we’re doing. This one’s for you Melbourne, the list of our top Winter Warmer meals.
Escape the winter chill with the legends at San Telmo, where cosy old-world Argentine interiors meet open plan dining. Chow down on their mind-blowing Empanadas, featuring creamy bechamel, silverbeet and mushroom, or beef, olive and egg.
Local sea-side hotspot, Pontoon, is serving up tasty and warming pizzas straight from their wood-fired oven. Hand stretched bases come with four different classic toppings. Including tomato, basil and bocconcini; grilled pineapple, leg ham, tomato and mozzarella, oregano, roasted garlic, mozzarella, sumac and herbs and charred broccoli, green beans, hazelnut pesto and ricotta.
Master Den's Poppu Uppu
An exciting new Japanese hot-pot experience is basically numero uno for Winter Warmers. The menu boasts delicious snacks, three varieties of Japanese-hot pot, and a range of Japanese craft beers and whisky, exclusive sake, and unique cocktails from its brother bar upstairs, Hihou. Need we say more?
Fatto Bar and Cantina
If your soul is still in need of warming this Winter, we recommend the Rabbit Gnocchi from Fatto Bar and Cantina. Gippsland farmed rabbits are braised with caramelised shallots, roasted chicken stock and marsala before being mixed with house made parmaesan gnocci, roquette pesto and walnuts. Heaven.
Nomada Bar and Restaurant
1. Get yourself The Gregory – a Rooibos infused Gin, Cointreau, soda and lemon cocktail. ($19) 2. Order yourself the milk braised spring lamb, with baked eggplant and labneh ($26) with a side of heirloom beetroot, sprinkled with pistachio soil and goats curd. ($11) 3. Sign off your evening with a serve of the sugar dusted Nomada Churros. ($9) Winter Warmer magic.
It’s hard to create a Melbourne food list and not include Neptune. The culinary heaven is once again, crushing it. Our pick of Winter Warmers would have to be the Half Roast Chicken, with Dauphinoise Potatoes, green beans and Jus. Pair it with a glass of the 2013 Scala Ciro and you’re on for a winner.
If your winter carb hit requires a side of funky, Toyko Tina will surely warm the heart and belly this season. Whether you’re popping by for a quick lunch or long evening meal, we recommend you head inside and get yourself the Smoked Brisket Ramen. Served with bok choy and the traditional ramen egg, a ‘lil ramen is all you need in your winter life.
And last but by no means least, why not winter-fy yourself at Hanoi Hannah? There really are too many options but we can never go past the caramelised tamarind Pork Hock, the tender beef pho with brisket broth, thai basil, coriander and spring onion; and the banh bo-nuts… We literally cannot pick a winner.