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jameswilli1 Jun 22nd, 2020 05:00 AM

Best traditional Australian Dishes
 
Hi I am going on holiday to Melbourne next month. I was wondering what are the best Australian dishes that I should try?

KayF Jun 23rd, 2020 12:45 AM

Melbourne is very multi-cultural and has loads of good restaurants. You can get everything from Italian, Thai, Indian, Greek, Vietnamese, seafood etc etc. Not sure where you are coming from but Australia is currently closed to overseas tourists. Even within Australia, some state borders are still shut.

margo_oz Jun 29th, 2020 07:32 PM

Apart from some odd critters, such as wichetty grubs, we don't really have Australian dishes.

Our cuisine is si diverse, with influences from just about every country, that Australian cuisine appears pretty much all fusion.


Bokhara2 Jun 29th, 2020 08:25 PM

Today, mid-winter, Iím having :

Slow coked burgundy lamb shanks, truffle infused potato mash, broccolini.

With a glass of Victorian Pinot noir.
At an Irish tavern in Queensland.

Thatís about as traditional as Iíll get today.

And very nice it is too!

Melnq8 Jun 30th, 2020 05:06 AM

As a non-Australian who lived in Australia for seven years, when I think of "Australian food" I think fabulous fresh local produce, flat whites, fresh seafood, chilled sparkling Shiraz, lamb, melting moments, pavlova, vineyard platters, mango, marron, cake with fresh cream, sausage sizzles, creamy sharp cheeses, grilled venison chorizo, feta and Hallumi, eggs bennie, savory muffins, lovely wine...and Indian food!

Also things like hit and miss meat pies, fish and chips and various exotic items like Emu ham and kangaroo.

The food of Australia is diverse....and wonderful.

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margo_oz Jul 2nd, 2020 12:08 PM

Mel
This needed your input. Those foods we mostly take for granted.

I'd love those eggs bennie right now!

Melnq8 Jul 3rd, 2020 05:25 AM

margo -

Bill sorely misses Aussie Eggs Bennie. I'm not sure why, but proper Eggs Bennie are as rare as hen's teeth around here.

CounterClifton Jul 9th, 2020 01:44 AM

I know the OP's trip won't happen anymore with Melbourne going back into lockdown today and state borders being closed. No one's going to be visiting for at least 6 weeks.

But I love Mel's food photos. Makes me wish I could go out tomorrow and have some of those eggs (eggs benedict just doesn't do takeaway well).

When travel is possible again - Melbourne is very much about external influences. The Chinese food in Bourke Street or out in Box Hill. Lamb in the Greek Precinct of the CBD. Vietnamese in Victoria Steet, Richmond. Ethiopian in Footscray. And cafe culture everywhere! There's even some decent American BBQ restaurants now. Fine dining is a thing here, with a couple of the top 100 restaurants in the world

But I can't really think of anything besides Aboriginal bush cooking that would be considered exclusively an Australian dish. A chicken parma at the pub is about as close as I can come up with. Or maybe a Tim Tam from Coles.

Melnq8 Jul 9th, 2020 06:34 AM

A few more, just because I'm hungry and missing Australia...
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Bokhara2 Jul 10th, 2020 06:23 PM

We miss you too, Mel! And not just the bistros that went broke when you & B deserted our shores ;)

I know youíre not mad about the WA heat, or the occasional fly or mozzie ... but really, upping stumps & going back to the US? That was a bit drastic, wasnít it? Not to mention hurtful to our delicate feelings!

Once our borders are open, weíll have a joint petition with the Kiwis to get you two back here on the first plane! 😘

Melnq8 Jul 11th, 2020 08:21 AM

You're very kind Bokhara! I suspect it will be some time before Australia and NZ welcome those of our ilk, but a girl can dream!

love_travel_Aus Jul 15th, 2020 11:21 PM

Fantastic summary of Aussie food choices Mel!
Lovely photos.
We have just had a few days in the Clare and Barossa and mostly ate sitting outside in the sun enjoying those vineyard platters.
One vineyard specialised in pies, and they were certainly above average.
And Clare has an amazing Indian restaurant, that was full on a Monday evening.
I guess we are all dreaming of going somewhere at the moment: happy to join you in that petition Bokhara!

You wrist recovering?


Melnq8 Jul 16th, 2020 05:21 AM

love_travel_Aus -

I envy you visiting the Barossa and Clare. We visited once from WA and had a lovely time.

The wrist is healing ever-so-slowly. Very much looking forward to when I can use it again.


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