It’s widely known as a foodie city, yet Melbourne—which made the 2015 Fodor's Go List—is home to incredible restaurants and chefs that lack international name recognition. Sure, culinary superstars like Nobu Matsuhisha, Heston Blumenthal, and prolific Sydney chef Neil Perry have planted stakes here, but what about the local talent? We’ve rounded up 10 restaurants where Melbourne–based chefs are doing wonderful things with the bounty of produce, livestock, and wines from from the state of Victoria and beyond. These tasty gems also epitomize the city’s major food trends—breakfast and coffee, Asian and pan-Pacific fusion, sharing plates, and multi-course degustation menus—in a variety of neighborhoods, ranging from the City Center (CBD) and its famed laneways to hipster enclaves Fitzroy and Collingwood.
By Lawrence Ferber