7 Seeds (114 Berkeley St, Carlton / http://sevenseeds.com.au )
So I saved the best for last. Meaningful conversations over a good meal. Couple that with a good cup of coffee – that is the ideal life. You’re sure to find a cafe at every curb and bend in Melbourne. With what little stomach space I had, these are the ones that I could manage. Memorable in their own ways, the only regret I have was that I didn’t have enough time to just sit and really chill out of these places. No less, I savoured every moment, until it was time to leave to check out some other thing I couldn’t and shouldn’t miss while I was in town.
7 seeds probably won my heart with the coffee.
Auction Rooms (103-107 Errol St, North Melbourne VIC 3051 / http://www.auctionroomscafe.com.au)
“I got you, I got everything. I’ve got you, I don’t need nothing more than you,” Pumpkin toast, spanish eggs with taco chips, maple soaked french toasts and candied bacon. Do i really need to say anything more?
“Do you believe in magic? – Yes I do.”
To order: Lavender yoghurt custard, strawberry & pineapple gel, dehydreated berries and lychees with basil cress / soft shell crab burger
Hammer and Tong 412 (Rear 412 Brunswick St. Fitzroy, Vic 3065 / http://www.hammerandtong.com.au)
“Show me a smile then, don’t be unhappy,”
Manchester Press (8 Rankins Lane)
To order: The smoked salmon open bagel. Don’t be afraid to add a side of avocado.
Stalactites (177 Lonsdale Street/ http://www.stalactites.com.au)
To order: Meat platter for two, calamari.
Pho Dzung Tan Dinh (234B Russell Street)
To Order: Rare beef pho/ rare beef pho with beef meatballs. I cannot get over this.
Let the rain fall, tomorrow is gonna be better
Chuckle Park (322 Little Collins Street / http://www.chucklepark.com.au)
This will probably be that little place in the whole city that will be special to me. From the name, atmosphere. Oh right and be sure to order the corn on cobb with some beers.
Shanghai Street Dumpling (342 Little Bourke Street)
When it comes to food. I think the most important thing is the matter of having heart. Food prepared with decency and care, in my opinion, wins hands down over any celebrity or fad, any name and class. Food is after all meant to nourish, and more importantly to be had over mealtimes with loved ones. And this is why I love mealtimes – shared moments in our histories, exchanges and experiences to be cherished. Memories to be reflected upon with nostalgia, laughs and wishfulness. Of things kept, dearly.