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Good Eats: Melbourne, Australia

 

Chokolait. Since it was established in 2007, Chokolait. has remained a steadfast favorite of Melbournians and those visitors lucky enough to sink their sweet tooth into the shop’s decadent chocolates, chocolate drinks and chocolate-based desserts. Owners Ross and Marianna Harvey have a simple philosophy: to make and serve the most extraordinary chocolates, the finest chocolate beverages and superb handmade desserts in a warm, relaxed and friendly environment.  Chokolait. uses only genuine Belgian courverture chocolate (which contains the highest-quality cocoa beans) and when paired with artisan care and fine attention to detail provides the ultimate chocolate experience. If you find yourself in need of a chocolate fix, don’t miss out on one of their sinfully sippable hot chocolate drinks which include flavors such as cinnamon, mocha, and chili.  Shop 8, Hub Arcade 18 Little Collins Street +61.3.9639.6188 www.chokolait.com.au 

                                               

Melba Melding a diverse range of flavors from different cultures with a posh, yet friendly and informal atmosphere, Melba forms a unique interactive dining experience like few others. Culinary adventurers can create their own entrées from an amazing variety of fresh, seasonal ingredients ranging from luxe sashimi and sushi selections to mouth-watering gourmet cheeses. Taking center stage is the restaurant’s colorful open kitchens, where passionate chefs prepare every customized dish. With cooking stations offering sushi, Asian stir-fries and dumplings, Italian pastas, Indian dishes, tandoori oven specialties and a classic carvery, guests can enjoy flavors from around the world. Oh, and the desserts are totally decadent.  Melba at The Langham 1 Southgate Avenue 800.641.107 www.melbarestaurant.com.au    

Kamel -An oasis nestled in Melbourne’s bayside suburb of Albert Park, Kamel is the go-to place for transcendent Middle Eastern and North African inspired mezze dishes. Kamel has a seemingly never-ending selection of dishes, each large enough for sharing. Fresh seasonal dishes run alongside Kamel’s signature dishes, enhanced by weekly specials. The wine list supports Australia’s finest independent winemakers, including both known and undiscovered vintages to complement any meal. Our advice: spring for the twice cooked rolled duck stuffed with couscous, fig, ginger & coriander, and the lamb kofta with spiced tomato concasse. For dessert, don’t miss the halva ice cream or the chocolate & rosewater mousse with crushed pistachios & rose cream.

19 Victoria Avenue +61.3.9696.1386 www.kamelrestaurant.com

 

Flower Drum-In China, the “Flower Drum” is known as a traditional dance famous for its beauty and elegance. In Melbourne, it’s the top Chinese restaurant displaying the same elements of refinement and delicacy through its own take on fine Cantonese cuisine. Executive Chef Anthony Lui showcases his skillful execution which utilizes a variety of high quality local ingredients. Dishes like aromatic baked crab and made-to-order braised lamb claypot are well loved — though none more so than the restaurant’s signature Peking duck which features tender pieces of roast duck wrapped within a thin handmade pancake accompanied with sweet plum sauce, spring onion and cucumber.   17 Market Lane +61.3.9662.3655 www.flower-drum.com

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