Food, Travel

Eating and Drinking Melbourne

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.

Coffin bay oysters and a punnet of strawberries, messily eaten on a bench outside the market halls, listening to buskers do their thing...

Coffin bay oysters and a punnet of strawberries, messily eaten on a bench outside the market halls, listening to buskers do their thing…

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!

These lads have landed themselves the catch of the day.

These lads have landed themselves the catch of the day.

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.

Baby Turtle taking Sorkie the cat out for the day. Here, the gang found themselves in Brunswick for lunch.

Baby Turtle taking Sorkie the cat out for the day. Here, the gang found themselves at Vegie Bar in Brunswick for lunch.

It's so hard to choose! They all sound incredibly delicious. If only there were more awesome vegetarian restaurants like this in France...

It’s so hard to choose! They all sound incredibly delicious. If only there were more awesome vegetarian restaurants like this in France…

Raw living stack, loaded with goodies like marinated mushroom, cashew ricotta, kale chips... it'd be impossible to name them all without drooling on the keyboard.

Raw living stack, loaded with goodies like marinated mushroom, cashew ricotta, kale chips… it’d be impossible to name them all without drooling on the keyboard.

One from the specials menu, with sourdough, grilled asparagus and pumpkin, haloumi... who says vegetarians don't eat well?

One from the specials menu, with sourdough, grilled asparagus and pumpkin, haloumi… who says vegetarians don’t eat well?

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.

Project Botanicals Pop-Up Bar, by Bombay Sapphire, running till 6th Dec 2014

Project Botanicals Pop-Up Bar, by Bombay Sapphire, running till 6th Dec 2014

Gin fans, rejoice!

Gin fans, rejoice!

It's currently happening in North Melbourne, and tickets must be purchased in advance.

It’s currently happening in North Melbourne, and tickets must be purchased in advance.

A menu that offers cocktail and tapas pairings, designed to complement each other - tickets entitle diners to a choice of two drinks and two tapas from ten sets. Still hungry? Additional drinks and tapas can be purchased.

A menu that offers cocktail and tapas pairings, designed to complement each other – tickets entitle diners to a choice of two drinks and two tapas from ten sets. Still hungry? Additional drinks and tapas can be purchased.

Baby Turtle with her gin and tonic!

Baby Turtle with her gin and tonic!

Liquorice grilled quail, raisins, apricots, quinoa, sweet pickles and spearmint

Liquorice grilled quail, raisins, apricots, quinoa, sweet pickles and spearmint

Sticky braised pork ribs, pickled red cabbage, blackberry and cassia

Sticky braised pork ribs, pickled red cabbage, blackberry and cassia

Is the pop-up bar, cafe or restaurant trend a phenomenon in your city/town?

Which city in the world is your dining mecca?

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