8 of the best share dishes in Melbourne
So often you’ll read about ‘what not to eat on a date’, but how about what you should eat? We have scoured the city for the best dishes designed to share in Melbourne. After all, sharing is caring.
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While you might want to keep your dumplings to yourself, most of the dishes at Neil Perry’s Spice Temple are perfect for sharing. Prawn wontons with aged black vinegar dressing and Fish drowned in heaven facing chillies and cashews are sure to get date night firing.
Located in one of Melbourne’s iconic laneways, Coda serves an enticing menu of French-Vietnamese and modern Asian dishes inspired by executive chef Adam D’Sylva’s heritage and extensive travels around the globe. From Tea-smoked crispy skin chicken with Mala vinegar to Roasted yellow duck curry, these dishes are perfect as part of a shared feast.
The Newmarket Hotel is just the right blend of casual-sophistication. Channelling flavours of America’s west coast, the Newmarket offers a range of excotic cocktails and delicious American style grub. You and your love can share the Roast ‘Great Southern’ Pinnacle sirloin with confit garlic, shallots, lentil and red wine jus. Yum yum!
For couples wanting to celebrate a special event The Atlantic is the spot. Get dressed up and share the stunning Atlantic seafood platter. The presentation and the quality of the dish is incredible and the venue’s sophisticated ambiance and pristine service will make this a very special meal.
Inspired by France’s most popular neighbourhood bistros, Bistro Guillaume stands proudly between esteemed Nobu and No.8 by John Lawson in Melbourne’s Crown complex. Couples dreaming of a trip to Paris will find this venue to be the perfect antidote. And there are plenty of dishes designed for two: King Island grass-fed lamb shoulder with haricot beans, preserved lemon and salsa verde or Bannockburn chicken with Paris mash and tarragon jus – take your pick.
A little Sunday drive to a winery is always a good idea, and Polperro Bistro in Red Hill is just the ticket. Escape the madness of everyday life with your love and share the Slow-braised Wagyu beef cheek, soubise, pickled onion and watermelon radish or Aylesbury duck leg with farm beetroots, dates and celeriac.
The Indian-influenced menu at Tonka is all about sharing and feasting on family recipes and recreated classics, such as Andaman curry with barramundi, mussels and nasturtiuma or Beef cheek biryani with Sella rice, saffron and mint.
Rosa’s Canteen is a modern venue overlooking the leafy green trees of Little Bourke Street, serving traditional, wholesome Italian cuisine. Chef Rosa Mitchell’s Sicilian heritage is reflected in dishes showcasing locally-sourced seasonal produce. Order a couple of pasta dishes – Spaghetti with sardines, currants, wild fennel pesto and saffron or House-made tagliatelle with duck, pancetta, orange and marsala – for a flavoursome shared feast.