Best Hotcakes Dishes in Melbourne

Best Hotcakes Dishes in Melbourne

Best hotcakes in Melbourne? Dessert for breakfast? Melbourne is enjoying a wave of hotcakes, one of the most delicious and grammable dishes on the Melbourne brunch scene. Here are our 7 favourites:

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Four Points by Sheraton Docklands

Four Points by Sheraton Docklands "Brew Off" Showcases Amazing Local Craft Beer

On Wednesday 13 September, 2017, craft beer lovers were treated to a fabulous night of beer tasting, food and entertainment at the new Four Points by Sheraton Melbourne Docklands. Four Points by Sheraton, a booming Marriott International hotel brand known for its love of beer, is embarking upon a global tour discovering the world’s best brews. The journey kicked off at the new Four Points by Sheraton Manhattan Midtown West and The World Loves Melbourne was part of the most recent event at Four Points by Sheraton Melbourne Docklands.

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Andrew Hagger and Robyn Payne Launch Happy Hour Album at Jazz Lab

Andrew Hagger and Robyn Payne Launch Happy Hour Album at Jazz Lab

Andrew Hagger and Robyn Payne launched their new album Happy Hour at the fabulous jazz Club in Brunswick with exceptional jazz band Catsplay, and The World Loves Melbourne was there. Happy Hour will soon be released on iTunes and can be ordered online at hopeinthislife.com and Readings Carlton. At time of this article the album was No 1 on the Aria Jazz & Blues Albums Chart.

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Best Wine and Chocolate experiences in Melbourne

Best Wine and Chocolate experiences in Melbourne

Melbourne's best wine and chocolate experiences - is there any better combination than wine and chocolate. Of course we refer to red wine when it comes to chocolate. In our travels we have hugely appreciated some amazing wine and chocolate moments and we wanted to share them with you. Here are our best wine (red) and chocolate experiences in Melbourne:

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Tokosan Fun and Playful Japanese Restaurant in Prahran

Tokosan Fun and Playful Japanese Restaurant in Prahran

Tokosan is the new playful Japanese restaurant on the block. In a precinct of Prahran creatives Tokosan is the perfect destination for some cheeky fun and a sake or two, plus casual eats. Tokosan is obviously a reference to son of Toko - or inf act cheeky little sister to the more formal and serious Toko restaurant.

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A Taste Of Singapore Airlines Premium Economy Class

A Taste Of Singapore Airlines Premium Economy Class

Singapore Airlines is launching out with it's stunning Premium Economy offering on 3 of it's 4 flights out of Melbourne, and The World Loves Melbourne was invited to an exclusive media event to experience the service. It was a unique event with us joining Singapore airlines staff and executives on a plane and checking out the benefits of Premium economy including the superb food offerings.

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Celebrating 10th Anniversary of Nobu Restaurant at Crown

Celebrating 10th Anniversary of Nobu Restaurant at Crown

It was a privilege to step into the contemporary, stylish surroundings of Nobu - one of Melbourne’s best restaurants - to celebrate the 10th anniversary of this icon. It was a joy to experience the creative flavours showcased by head chef Sean Tan and his talented team and to imbibe Veuve Clicquot during the salubrious evening.

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Rustica Canteen in Hawthorn A Compelling Brunch Destination

Rustica Canteen in Hawthorn A Compelling Brunch Destination

Rustica Sourdough which began in Brunswick several years ago has been expanding, as one of the most successful bakery cafes in Melbourne. We have followed their journey since the start and from day one they have resonated with quality bakery offerings. The World Loves Melbourne was part of an UberEATS event where we met more of the UberEATS family. Obviously UberEATS is on the rise and the preferred delivery service for many people in Melbourne.

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The House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Culture First Look

The House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Culture First Look

At the launch of the Dior spectacular Melbourne was referred to as the fashion capital of Australia. Following a series of high profile fashion exhibitions in Melbourne we are now reaching peak fashion - celebrating the seventieth anniversary of the House of Dior, one of the world’s most prestigious couture houses. The World Loves Melbourne attended the National Gallery of Victoria launch of The House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Couture. The exhibition goes from 27 August to 7 November (admission fees apply).

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Dinner at The Modern Eatery in Richmond

Dinner at The Modern Eatery in Richmond

Melbourne's new contemporary house of Aburi sushi, The Modern Eatery,  is now open in Richmond, located on Swan Street, Richmond, after huge success with two venues in Perth. The World Loves Melbourne was invited along to sample the fare.

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Smith St. Trader Compelling Cafe/Bar in Collingwood

Smith St. Trader Compelling Cafe/Bar in Collingwood

Smith St. Trader is a compelling cafe and bar on eclectic Smith St Collingwood, full of soul and savvy, with Richard Hands a Melbourne gem and one of its best bar tender/mixologists. The World Loves Melbourne was invited to sample some of the menu one lunchtime, including an indulgent cocktail for which we don't apologise for.

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Epic Farmer, Brewer and Publican Lunch at The Lincoln for Pep Events

Epic Farmer, Brewer and Publican Lunch at The Lincoln for Pep Events

Epic is an apt description for this Pep Alliance Event hosted by Hilary McNevin at The Lincoln Hotel with publican Iain Ling and Tasmanian farmer and brewer Ashley Huntington. Ashley Huntington is a talented and passionate Tasmanian farmer who looks somewhat like Jon English but has the punk attitude of the Sex Pistols. He stands up for farmers and the industry, encouraging us all to support local farmers - and rightly so!

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Best Raclette Cheese Places in Melbourne

Best Raclette Cheese Places in Melbourne

How good is Raclette! The first time we encountered the magical world of Raclette we fell in love. We gathered around the Raclette "machine" where a wheel of premium cheese was blistering and bubbling under the heat in awe. Then with a scrape of a knife the theatre and aroma of raclette drew us in with wonder. Not to mention the taste of the oozy cheese - often paired with pickles, mushrooms or cornichons. Scraping the cheese into a small bowl, you are set for a session of bliss, especially if you pair it with say a dry white wine or a pinot noir. The joy of France and Switzerland is to be enjoyed here in Melbourne. 

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Stunning New Dishes at CH James Cafe in Fairfield

Stunning New Dishes at CH James Cafe in Fairfield

CH James has released several exciting new dishes on their menu and The World Loves Melbourne joined with other leading bloggers in Melbourne to experience the newbie dishes for brunch.

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Best Melbourne Cafes

Best Melbourne Cafes

 

Best cafes in Melbourne is a mix of new and emerging cafes together with icons that are well established cafes.  We celebrate Melbourne's best cafes in the search for perfection. Melbourne is best known for it's thriving cafe scene, often to be found in laneways. We are constantly eating out at Melbourne's top cafes and consider the standard to be high.

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CHE - Melbourne's New Next Level Chicken Shop

CHE - Melbourne's New Next Level Chicken Shop

CHE taps into the Australian chicken shop dream and The World Loves Melbourne was invited to sample some of the menu at the launch. We love the name - sounds like the name of a revolutionary (and it is a revolution) - but CHE stands for Chicken/ Heledos/ Empanadas as well as "mate" in Spanish (clever). CHE has a modern fit out and is in the heart of Fitzroy on the corner of Johnston St and Brunswick St (look for the neon letters in the windows at night).

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Bontempo Restaurant A Pizza Revelation on Brunswick Street

Bontempo Restaurant A Pizza Revelation on Brunswick Street

Bontempo is a fabulous option for a catch up to imbibe the best of pizza (one of the best pizza restaurants in Melbourne) in a modern hospitable environment and - wait for it - reasonable drink prices. The World Loves Melbourne was invited along to experience some of the menu.

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The Big Sick Movie Review - Hilarious and Heartwarming

The Big Sick Movie Review - Hilarious and Heartwarming

The Big Sick is a must-see hilarious and heartwarming movie, releasing in cinemas on August 3 2017. See the trailer. The World Loves Melbourne was invited to a preview of the film at the Gold Class cinemas at The Jam Factory on Chapel St South Yarra. Seeing the film together in Gold Class as a couple was perfect and the film is so relatable to modern relationships.

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Trunktown Restaurant - A great Melbourne Dining Experience

Trunktown Restaurant - A great Melbourne Dining Experience

Trunktown has been a favourite of ours for several years and is a venue we consider to be quintessentially Melbourne in terms of architecture and expression. The Diner section has been the place for some favourite events and moments but the restaurant offers a delightful casual dining experience that borders on fine dining. We were invited to the restaurant to sample the new menu, which provides both a Middle Eastern selection and an Italian selection, reflective of the owners.

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The Influence of Spain in Peruvian Cuisine Event at Pastuso Restaurant

The Influence of Spain in Peruvian Cuisine Event at Pastuso Restaurant

Pastuso Restaurant was the perfect venue for a cracking event featuring two of Melbourne's best chefs, Alejandro Saravia and Jesse Gerner, and an extraordinary insight into Peruvian cuisine. The event was part of the Pep Alliance series of events hosted by iconic foodie, author and identity Hilary McNevin. The theme of Spain v Peru was brilliant and topical in celebrating Peruvian Independence Day, and it explored the relationship between Spanish and Peruvian cooking. Our table raised a glass or two of Pisco sour to Peru on this great occasion!

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St Moritz Restaurant and Bar Hits the Mark in St Kilda

St Moritz Restaurant and Bar Hits the Mark in St Kilda

St Moritz is a stunning new addition to Acland Street as a top notch bar and casual restaurant for your next catch up. It's a new addition but pays tribute to yesteryear with a neon replication of the dancing dirl from the St Moritz Ice Rink that used to exist at the location from 1929 to 1981. The venue is modern but also incorporates St Kilda grunge with exposed brick and quirky artwork. 

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Frank's A Crowd Pleaser Cafe in Cheltenham

Frank's A Crowd Pleaser Cafe in Cheltenham

Frank's is one of the best cafes in Melbourne and The World Loves Melbourne was invited to sample dishes from the ever evolving menu. The cafe is called Franks partly because it offers frank and authentic honest food. It seeks to give the punters what they want, and we think it successfully does that. No pretension, just fine food in a chic modern environment, with owner Harry Butler at the helm.

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The House of Wine and Food Restaurant Making A Mark in Port Melbourne

The House of Wine and Food Restaurant Making A Mark in Port Melbourne

The House of Wine and Food is a distinctive foodie destination in Melbourne. How many restaurants can actually claim that? Often there can be a sameness about Melbourne dining experiences - many cafe menus are mirrors of each other and even restaurants serving up similar dishes. But for the discerning diner, The House of Wine and Food is a unique and exciting dining experience in Melbourne bringing French, Italian and Mediterranean classics and compelling bar and dining spaces.

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Kathmandu's 30th Anniversary Celebration

Kathmandu's 30th Anniversary Celebration

Kathmandu the legendary lifestyle and adventure brand recently celebrated its 30th anniversary. The World Loves Melbourne was invited to the celebration at stylish Smart Artz Gallery. 

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Food, Top 10

Top 10 Melbourne Pork Dishes

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Melbourne is in love with pork belly, pork hock, pork ribs, charsu ramen and all things pork. 

Here are our top finds for Melbourne's cracking pork dishes (no particular order) - 

1. Longrain

2. Huxtable

3. Red Spice Road

4. Bomba

5. Mr Ramen San

6. The Roving Marrow

7. Munich Brauhaus

8. Chin Chin

9. Earl Canteen

10. Jinda Thai

1. Longrain - Caramelised Pork Hock - Little Bourke St

Longrain pork hock

The Caramelised pork hock with chilli vinegar at Longrain is a melt-in-your-mouth delight. The pork is cubed then deep fried until it is crisp and has an irresistable sweetness. This is serious caramelisation that causes the pork to have a lovely stickiness. The chilli vinegar cuts through the sweetness like South African fast bowlers through the Aussie middle order. We ordered a second serving .


2. Huxtable - Korean BBQ Pork Ribs w Slaw - Smith Street Collingwood

 Korean bbq pork ribs

Huxtable serves up killer Korean bbq pork ribs with spicy slaw and chilli gherkin. Sweet pork balanced with tangy slaw and the crunch of the acidic gherkin. The pork is oh so sticky. The slaw is superbly spicy. And the gherkin has some kick. The presentation is a delight to the eyes. Huxtable is my favourite "dude" food restaurant. 

 


3. Red Spice Road - Pork Belly w Apple Slaw - McKillop St and QV CBD

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Red Spice Road delivers a pork belly that ticks all the boxes. The flavour profile is perfect and bordering on genius with pork belly, apple slaw, chilli caramel and black vinegar. The black vinegar comes in a small jug and when poured over the dish hits the high notes. 

I’m told it takes many hours to prepare this pork belly and it's cooked something like 3 times. The sweetness and the crunch of the large portions of pork belly were sublime and the combination with the slaw and black vinegar was amazing. We were all keen to go back for seconds – fortunately we were close friends and were able to share this dish without tension and dramas. OMG!

 


 

4. Bomba - Pedro Ximenez Braised Pork Jowl - Lonsdale

Bomba Bar is one of the hottest destinations in Melbourne with its killer ambience, exciting Spanish cuisine and a sexy wine and cocktail list. Jesse and Vanessa, Melbourne culinary royalty, have transformed former The Aylesbury - already a hit - into something even more rewarding as a Spanish Workers Bar.

But it's the epic Pork jowl that steals the show. In fact the Pedro Ximenez braised pork jowl with celeriac... 

 

So indulgent. Amen to a fat cut of meat. Melbourne is pork belly crazy but check this jowl brother. It will change your life. Infused with sweet Sherry flavour and almost creamy, it wows. Important is the knob turnip celery to cut through the fatty goodness. The skin is super sticky and I ate it eyes shut.

 

Bomba's big busty meat dish is the standout track on a pretty heady album.


5. Mr Ramen San - Charsu Tonkotsu Ramen - MidCity Centre CBD

Many believe this to be the best ramen in Melbourne! Ever get a ramen craving? Want intensity of broth and decent noodles? Pork in a broth? Head Chef Roystan has been trained by Japanese masters in Ramen and has worked in high profile restaurants. According to Roystan, "What you get in Japan in terms of ramen, we produce here. Authenticity." Roystan brings the influences of Kyushu, a charming southern precinct of Japan to Melbourne. The Kyushu style is about pork bones in white broth, signature at Mr Ramen San.

Mr Ramen San traditionally greets you as you enter, making customers feel welcome from the start, and there are containers to put your belongings in while you eat, just like in Japan. Customers who have travelled to Japan (including The World Loves Melbourne) believe this is the closest ramen to Japan you will find in Melbourne; in fact the ramen is as you would find in Japan!

Charsu Tonkatsu Ramen is a signature dish that rewards you with it's white cloudy broth; intense in flavour having been cooked for over 10 hours in pork bones. As Ramen lovers know, it's all in the broth! There are no shortcuts in the cooking process (ie no soup stock from any supplier and definitely no MSG) and Roystan has a great passion for cooking authentic ramen. The Charsu roast pork is melt in your mouth, and the seasoned egg, wood ear mushroom and greens give a refreshing accompaniment. The World Loves Melbourne considers this dish the best ramen in Melbourne. 

Mr Ramen San will provide you with FREE extra noodles on request!


6. The Roving Marrow - Free Range Pork Belly, smoked apple, celeraic - Carlton North

The Free Range Pork Belly, smoked apple, celeraic was an exceptional dish. The secret was in the smoked apple puree, giving a wonderful smoky hit to the dish, balanced by the sweetness of the apple. One of the better pork dishes we've had in a while.


7. Munich Brauhaus - Pork Knuckle - South Wharf

Indulgence overdrive with the massive pork knuckle at Munich Brauhaus; the good news is that it's also delicious. Crispy salty exterior with tender pork inside, this dish is a showstopper and guaranteed to satisfy your hunger. Comes with sauerkraut and creamy mash. The "go to" dish whenever we visit Munich Brauhaus and perfect with German beer.

 

 

 


8. Chin Chin - Caramelised Sticky Pork - CBD 

Caramelised Sticky Pork has been on the menu as a signature dish since the restaurant opened in 2011 and has been a much lauded dish among diners.

The Caramelised sticky pork dish features rich and rewarding sweet sticky caramelised pork on the outside, and soft and juicy pork inside. The salad brings a sour dimension, a mix of Granny Smith apple strips, betel leaves, coriander and mint on a chilli vinegar dressing.  The genius of the salad is that it brings a tang and pleasing acidity that offsets the pork. Chin Chin does not dumb it down on heat, and this dish comes with rewarding spice and kick. The caramelised sticky pork dish is aesthetically pleasing with a plethora of colours and textures. The colour of the sweet caramelised pork is mouth watering. The aroma of the dish is compelling, including the aroma of Asian herbs. 

 


9. Earl Canteen - Crisp Free Range Pork Belly Sandwich - CBD

How good is this? A Melbourne favourite! The standout at Earl Canteen is the Crisp skin free range pork belly sandwich... I'm pleased to say it powers on after several years. I'm talking generous portion of tasty moist perfectly cooked pork with cabbage and fennel coleslaw, wilted silverbeet inside a fresh thick roll... The star attraction for me is the pork crackling! Oh yum! Never enough! (I don't care if it's salty!) And Earl Canteen still loads you up on the crackling.

Other amazing choices include the Lime Poached Chicken, Harissa Lamb, the Fish Fingers or the ever popular Meatballs. This is fresh - their slogan is "made today, not for tomorrow." Apart from sandwiches Earl Canteen put together fabulous salads including a healthy Superfood salad.

We discussed it in the office and a survey among well travelled corporates couldn't identify better sandwiches anywhere... New York rated a mention. But Earl Canteen is a global winner. Totally delicious creative fillings!  


10. Jinda Thai - Pork Neck - Abbotsford

Jinda Thai has quickly established itself as a formidable modern Thai restaurant and has a large fan base.I find many Thai restaurants in Melbourne cook great pork neck dishes, and the Thai style marinated pork neck at Jinda Thai from the grill was top notch.Walk in to a vibrant modern space full of natural light, which has a different but alluring ambience at night with chic lighting.

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