TheFork Festival Melbourne
At TheFork we believe every day is a good day for dining out. TheFork Festival gives you twice as many reasons to dine out more often, with 50 per cent off food at hundreds of participating restaurants around Australia until 9 February. Here are some of the tastiest offerings we’ve found in Melbourne and surrounds.
Seasons Provedore, Carlton
In the heart of Melbourne’s Little Italy, Seasons Provedore stands out for its authentic Italian cucina, including handmade pasta and traditional pizza. Gnocchi is a house specialty, with topping variations including Asparagus, mascarpone and almonds and oven-baked Gnocchi Sorrentina. Seafood lovers cannot miss Seasons’ Caciucco, a traditional Livornese seafood stew.
Pascale Bar & Grill, Melbourne
A modern day bar and grill in the bustling open-plan dining room of QT hotel, Pascale has you covered for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Start the day with an epic Eggs Benny (featuring smoked pulled pork and jalapeño mustard foam), move onto lunch dishes such as Burrata and mortadella or Wood-fired John Dory. By night the focus is steaks on the wood-fired grill and a showcase of some of Australia’s best meat producers.
Tulum Restaurant, Balaclava
Putting a contemporary spin on traditional Turkish cuisine, Tulum delivers artfully modern plates without compromising on authentic Anatolian taste. Order up a meze feast to share of meat, fish and vegetable based dishes. Don’t miss signature mains such as Kaburga (beef short ribs, smoked eggplant and preserved lemon date jam) and Balik (swordfish with lemon jell, walnut harissa, peas, mint and burnt butter).
Meat and Wine Co, South Yarra
Located in the stylish Como Centre, Meat and Wine Co lives up to its name. It’s all about the meat here: grass and grain fed beef chargrilled to your liking, slow-cooked beef or pork ribs, with an array of starters, seafood and side dishes to round out your feast.
Great Indian Wave, Boronia
For flavoursome Indian cuisine in a warm and friendly space, you can’t beat Boronia’s Great Indian Wave. Kick off with entrees including Onion bhaji and Seekh kebab and design your own shared feast with Indian favourites such as Chicken tikka, Butter chicken, Prawn masala and Goan fish curry. It’s BYO too.
Mazi’s menu is a greatest hits of traditional Greek cuisine, with mezedes, chargrilled meats and seafood as stars of the show. Kick off your feast with homemade dips – tzatziki, melitzanosalata and tarama among others – scooped up with warm pita, then get the tastebuds firing with dishes such as kolokithokeftedes (zucchini fritters), garithes saganaki (pan-fried king prawns marinaded in wine herbs and feta salsa) and a range of souvlaki and gyros.
Mirchi Tadka, Moorabbin
No one does Indian cuisine in Moorabbin quite like Mircha Tadka, a cosy restaurant dishing up delicious traditional recipes from all over India. You will find everything from Lamb Madras to Rogan josh and from Butter chicken to Goan-style Chicken vindaloo, with a large selection of seafood and vegetarian choices.
Smile Buffalo, Black Rock
Smile Buffalo will definitely bring a smile to your face as you enjoy delicious Thai food in beachside Black Rock. The short menu of Thai classics includes Casual Thai diner, Pad pak, Chicken fried rice and Beef mussamun curry.