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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Pontoon A Casual Restaurant Hit in Stokehouse Precinct

Pontoon A Casual Restaurant Hit in Stokehouse Precinct

The Stokehouse Precinct launched sexy casual diner Pontoon and The World Loves Melbourne was invited to sample the savvy menu at this modern restaurant with stunning sea views.

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Join the Ice Skating Fun at Eastland

Join the Ice Skating Fun at Eastland

Attention all shoppers, Ice Skating is back in Ringwood with the launch of an Ice Skating rink in the Town Square at Eastland, running through until the end of August. The World Loves Melbourne was invited to a family event where we became one of the first to experience the ice skating fun at Eastland (our local).

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Raclette and Other New Dishes a Smash Hit at Merricks Creek Winery

Raclette and Other New Dishes a Smash Hit at Merricks Creek Winery

Raclette is one of the joys of life, and Merricks Creek have created a smash hit with their new Grilled Raclette cheese with potatoes and a side of cornichons. Customers are driving up from Melbourne for this raclette, as well as the other standout dishes and new release 2016 Pinot Noir at Merricks Creek Winery.

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Wilson & Market Restaurant A Labour of Love for Paul Wilson

Wilson & Market Restaurant A Labour of Love for Paul Wilson

Wilson & Market is an impressive 50-seater lifestyle cafe and 200-pax brasserie and bar, with stunning seasonal, delicious, ethical dishes by Paul Wilson and showstopper bathrooms designed by Kate Challis Interiors. The World Loves Melbourne was invited to a media launch to imbibe the produce driven high quality dishes of the Brasserie. This is one of those "go to" places where you know you're in a foodie haven, specifically in the fine hands of iconic chef Paul Wilson. 

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IDES $65 Sample Table Available Every Thursday Till End of Winter

IDES $65 Sample Table Available Every Thursday Till End of Winter

A sample table at IDES? Yes please! The World Loves Melbourne believes every Melbourne foodie should visit IDES. For us there's a sense of electricity and excitement both behind the creativity and the execution of the dining experience.

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Book for the Winter Season of Pep Alliance

Book for the Winter Season of Pep Alliance

Looking for gourmet distinctive foodie events? Pep Events presents the Pep Alliance with culinary icon Hilary McNevin as host. A superb winter season is open now for bookings. We think exceptional quality and value.

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CH James Cafe Sustainability Embraces Fairfield Community Garden

CH James Cafe Sustainability Embraces Fairfield Community Garden

CH James is setting the pace when it comes to cafe sustainability, storing up its weekly coffee grinds and food scraps for the last 2 years, and giving them to the fabulous Fairfield Community Garden. The World Loves Melbourne caught up with Kat from CH James and Ken and Annette from the Fairfield Community Garden to see how it all works, and go on a tour of the garden.

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Cannibal Creek Vineyard  a Gippsland Triumph

Cannibal Creek Vineyard a Gippsland Triumph

Cannibal Creek Vineyard (recently featured in Broadsheet) is just an hour East of Melbourne on the fringes of Gippsland and is one of those quiet achievers, in an area (Gippsland) that is on the fringe of emerging "big time" as a food and wine region. The World Loves Melbourne was invited on a famil to experience Cannibal Creek Vineyard and imbibe the delights of Gippsland.

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Stonebarn Truffles The Best We've Had and A Restaurant Hit

Stonebarn Truffles The Best We've Had and A Restaurant Hit

Stonebarn - remember the name. The World Loves Melbourne was invited to be part of a media event with Stonebarn Truffles, showcasing the excellence of the produce, at Sarti restaurant. Exceptional French Black Perigord truffles from Manjimup Western Australia.

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Taste of the Barossa Dinner with Secret Foodies

Taste of the Barossa Dinner with Secret Foodies

Celebrating paddock to plate produce and fine South Australian wine, our Taste of the Barossa event was held at Craft & Co in Collingwood. As an inner city foodie haven Craft & Co. was the ideal place to indulge in the standout South Australian wine-making region.

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TWLM attends Australian Bacon Week Launch at Quay Restaurant

TWLM attends Australian Bacon Week Launch at Quay Restaurant

Australian Bacon Week is one of the most popular events on the calendar, and being a prime consumer of Australian bacon ourselves, The World Loves Melbourne was delighted to celebrate the launch and presentations event at Quay restaurant in Sydney. Everyone has their favourite way to enjoy the magical meat, from savoury to sweet, breakfast to dessert, and Victoria’s best Aussie bacon has just been revealed.

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Australia’s Young Gun of Wine Awards

Australia’s Young Gun of Wine Awards

Australia’s wine industry came together to celebrate the top young Australian winemakers, and the future of the industry looks bright.  Young Gun of Wine, the premier wine show for new trailblazing winemakers in Australia, recently announced the winners of its coveted 2017 awards.

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New Summer Salad Ramen at Mr Ramen San

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Mr Ramen San in Mid City Centre Chinatown is launching a never before seen dish - its unique Summer Salad Ramen. The Salad Ramen brings the flavour of ramen in a cold dish perfect for summer and is the only dish of its kind in Melbourne. (The concept is similar to eating cold pasta, also perfect for summer). Also check out our Best Ramen in Melbourne.

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Mr Ramen San is a popular ramen house in Mid City Centre in Chinatown, featuring traditional style ramen.

Normally ramen is served in a tasty broth but the new Salad Ramen is served cold with sauces instead of broth. Zesty and refreshing the Salad Ramen comes with fresh salad elements of tomato, sweet corn, cabbage, seasoned egg, as well as choice of protein filling, and a generous portion of house made noodles with sesame sauce poured over the top.

Choose from 3 types of protein for the Salad Ramen. The Teriyaki Salad Ramen features generous portion of Charsu Pork with teriyaki sauce. The Beef Miso Salad Ramen features generous slices of beef cooked in miso broth, while the Seafood Salad Ramen features prawns, fish cakes cooked in seafood broth.

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Says Owner and Head Chef Roystan, “We have created a ramen perfect for the Melbourne summer; with nuances of sweetness, tang, saltiness and refreshment. The Summer Salad Ramen complements our selection of traditional ramen that features generous meat portions, broth cooked for 10 hours for intense flavor, and house made noodles. We also serve tasty vegetarian ramen with tofu.”

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Ramen dishes are perfect with one of the Japanese beers available at Mr Ramen San.

Head Chef Roystan has been trained by Japanese Ramen masters 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.

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Mr Ramen San delights with a Japanese greeting as you enter, making customers feel welcome from the start. Mr Ramen San boasts several points of difference to the usual ramen scenario. For a start they serve up fresh house made Japanese style noodles daily; for ramen enthusiasts you can tell the quality of noodles and it makes a big difference.

Not only that but unlike other ramen houses, Mr Ramen San will provide you with FREE extra noodles on request! The serves of noodles in the dishes are generous enough as it is; so extra noodles for free is a great innovation for hungry customers!

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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. As Ramen lovers know, it's all in the broth! There are no shortcuts in the cooking process (i.e. 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.

It is authentic Kyushu method for cooking Tonkotsu broth that produces the smooth, rich and flavourful characteristic of famous thick cloudy white soup. The painstaking technique, which constitutes the very origin of Tonkotsu cooking comprises traditional method of stirring and using different part of pork bones, that will ultimately produce the best result of the broth. However, due to the fact that this approach, which takes 10 hours from start to finish, consumes about three times as much time and effort as the normal method and requires a technique that is extremely difficult to accomplish in a stable, consistent manner, only one or two ramen shops in Australia employ it. Most ramen shops add stock soup from supplier and MSG, which yields results in a little more than 2 hours. Nonetheless, the Kyushu method, which has been passed down from one of the most famous ramen master is now with Mr Ramen San.

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The key is in the cloudy white broth; this thick cloudy broth is the result of boiling pork bones and collagen over high heat for the 10 hour cooking process, in which it fuses to produce a hearty pork flavour and a creamy consistency! Office workers, you need this in your lunchtime! Staff at Mr Ramen San work hard, stirring the broth for 4-5 hours a day during the cooking process! The consistency of the broth and its intensity must be perfect.  At Mr Ramen San you can choose from different types of soup for your dishes (not every restaurant offers this!). You can "build your own" Ramen if you like, starting with choosing your soup base.

Beef Miso Ramen features Beef cooked with miso, spring onion, bamboo shoot, corn, beansprout, seaweed and a seasoned egg. The eggs are cooked perfectly, slightly runny in the middle. Customers love the miso-based soup, originally developed in Japan in the 1960s.

The wide variety of ramen also includes Spicy Chicken Ramen, Fresh Seafood Ramen, Terriyaki Charsu Ramen, Vegetarian Charsu Ramen, Vegetarian Tofu Ramen, and Sliced Pork Nabe. Later in the summer Mr Ramen San will launch its Tsukemen Ramen with Yuzu flavour.

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When you consider the quality of the ramen with its complex high quality broth, the excellence of the house made noodles (with free extra noodles available), generous full slice meats, and the high quality of toppings, we think the ramen at Mr Ramen San is great value!

Mr Ramen San is warm and intimate with classic tables, artwork on the walls and an open kitchen.

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Check out the authenticity and innovation of Mr Ramen San and try the new Summer Salad Ramen!

 

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