If this blog has lapsed into silence, it’s because the Ninja Turtle has had her mouth too full to speak for the last several days. Not impossible, considering just how many dining options Melbourne offers up. No, don’t even try. It’ll only hurt your head. The city centre itself has something like two orders of magnitude more choices than pokey old Metz. For old times’ sake, the Ninja Turtle and Baby Turtle revert to a sort of family tradition, established by Mother Turtle.
So, you might be wondering: come on, oysters? Surely they can be found in France? Sure, but not this large and juicy, and certainly not at $1 a piece. For $1 oysters alone, the Ninja Turtle is willing to move back to Australia. Strolling through the markets is also like watching a theatre performance in the poor man’s arena – the vendors yell, the crowds crush you, but oh! the sights!
Melbourne city itself is brimming with cafes, restaurants, pubs, snack stands, etc… Once you throw in place like Brunswick, Lygon St, and the works, you’ll need to give yourself a year to taste Melbourne.
Then, there’s this new fascinating, delightful, horrendous thing known as the “pop-ups”. They’re temporary cafes, bars or food fests that pop up, serve food and drinks for x number of hours/days/weeks, and then *poof*, they vanish back into the ether, or wherever gastronomy heaven may be. It is now quite literally, inconceivable and impossible to list dining venues in Melbourne because they are as perishable as the products they serve.
The bad news about these pop-ups, of course, is that you quite literally have to jump at the chance to dine, without really thinking twice. You can’t say “oh that looks good, I’ll come back for my birthday” because it won’t be there anymore on your birthday. The good news is… well, if it’s really shit, well, they won’t last that long anyway.
Is the pop-up bar, cafe or restaurant trend a phenomenon in your city/town?
Which city in the world is your dining mecca?