Restaurant Suggestions

Our local ANZAOMS members have made some restaurant recommendations for you to enjoy whilst you are visiting. There is an extensive array on offer and you will find further information on their respective websites. Advance booking for most would be recommended.

By Cuisine and Location (walkable, or 15-20 minute Taxi (T) ride, from Congress venue)

• Price – [$$$] expensive; [$$] moderately priced; [$] less expensive


The European [$$] (a ‘must visit Melbourne restaurant which is ‘on-song’)


Bistro Gitan (T) [$$] (family of a famous chef- casual – a tour of France, Spain and Italy)
Bistro Thierry (T) [$$] (professionally served French Classics)
Hell of the North (T) [$$] (cosy intimate bistro – elegant food)
Luxembourg (T) [$$] (modern French)
France-Soir (T) [$$] (classic French food and wine- a Melbourne institution]
Vue De Monde (T) [$$$] (the best fine dining in Melbourne with view over Melbourne)


Café Di Stasio (T) [$$] (rustic Italian food in a ‘film set‘ atmosphere)
Da Noi (T) [$$] (Sardinian ‘chef’s choice’ meals)
Grossi Florentino [$$$] (warm ‘theatrical’ 1930’s “Mural Room” – welcoming wait staff)
Il Bacaro [$$] (popular mix of ancient & modern Italian food)
Ombra [$] (a real “Melbourne feel” restaurant)
Sarti [$$] (New York ‘50s’ style food)
Scopri (T) [$$] (classic home-made pasta dishes and generous mains.
Valentino (T) [$$] (Calabrian house-made pasta in good surroundings)
Lupino (T) [$] (Intimate Italian bistro restaurant)


Bar Lourinha [$] (Spanish ‘beach-bar’ feel small plates to share)
Casa Ciuccio (T) [$$] (Mediterranean – features grills- smart wine list)
Mo Vida [$$] (Melbourne’s first and most famous ‘tapas bar’)
Mo Vida Aqui [$$] (real ‘tapas bar’ feel – great desserts – closer to Congress centre and larger – easier to book)

Middle Eastern

Maha [$$] (Maltese chef – can eat at bar
Abla’s (T) [$] (Lebanese – a 35-yr old Carlton institution- cheerful -classic regional food)
Rumi’s (T) [$] (fragrant flavours of the Levant)


Flower drum [$$] (a Melbourne ‘institution’ – superb food)
Spice Temple [$$] (a tour of China)
Lee Ho Fook (T) [$] (not the usual Chinese food)
Chin-Chin (T) [$] (very lively & popular Asian fusion restaurant with great range of dishes)
Coda (T) [$$] (Vietnamese fusion flavours in lively, stylish surrounds)
Gingerboy (T) [$$] (modern Asian cuisine in vibrant surrounds)
Lucy Liu (T) [$$] (spicy Asian fusion menu with great cocktails)

Thai style

Easy Tiger (T) [$$] (modern Thai – wonderful flavours – exquisite presentation)
Longrain (T) [$$] (Thai fusion menu, fantastic cocktails)


Kenzan [$$] (30-year old ‘special occasion’ Japanese restaurant)
Tempura Hajime (T) [$$$] (essence of Japanese dining- features light tempura dishes)
Koko [$$] (great Teppanyaki, excellent seafood/sushi/sashimi overlooking the Yarra)
Nobu [$$$] (as found in New York, Los Angeles and London)
Ocha [$$] (intimate suburban restaurant with excellent Japanese cuisine, sake & wine list)


Tonka [$$] (Indian inspired food – hard to find down a ‘graffitied‘lane!)


Bacash (T) [$$] (elegant and chic – varied seafood and fish – great wine list)
Atlantic [$$] (extensive seafood menu with impressive wine list)


Cumulus [$$] (classic ‘Flinders Lane’ bistro – open kitchen – seasonal dishes)
Epocha (T) [$$] (satisfies all the senses in an elegant Carlton ‘Victorian Terrace house’)
Ezard [$$$] (modern, funky degustation menu)
Matteos (T) [$$] (a popular restaurant with ‘spirit’- original food)
Saint Crispin (T) [$$$] ( two ambitious chefs provide a mix-match menu with ‘culinary twists)
Town Mouse (T) [$$] (a delightful ‘all stool’ restaurant – superb surprising food using ‘old techniques and new tricks)


Attica (T) [$$$] (Melbourne’s ‘culinary temple’ – a delicious inspired menu journey using wild and native ingredients)

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