Shandong Mama

Shandong Mama is a popular dumpling house inside Bourke St Arcade, always with a (largely asian) crowd gathered outside it’s glass windows. They are cash only, don’t get caught out! Each dumpling is handmade lovingly by ‘Mama’ Wang, the co-owner and mother of the other half of Shandong Mama, daughter Ying Hou. Naturally dumplings aren’t the most … More Shandong Mama

Menya Sandaime

Building on the 24 hour Russell St corner in the CBD, Menya Sanadime has opened next to Stalactites and offers an asian option to late night cravings post partying/clubbing/shenanigans. An unassuming traditional Japanese shop front, a sign boasts 24 hour service, though I chose to dine at a respectable hour. Inside, you are greeted with Irasshaimase from all … More Menya Sandaime

Snag Stand

I am a very big fan of Snag Stand, a small pop-up-style shop at the corner of Melbourne Central’s “cool side” on La Trobe and Swanston. They are slowly expanding their creatively named ‘haute’ dogs and all of them sound promising. They have a buzzer style system so you can nick off across the road or … More Snag Stand

Bomba Downstairs

I definitely did not expect the warm and inviting atmosphere when I walked into Bomba – I thought it would be another loud, messy pub/bar type atmosphere where it would take aeons to be served a drink. I was very pleasantly wrong, the menu was tantalising and the bar staff helpful and friendly. And complimentary … More Bomba Downstairs

Vapiano

Vapiano has developed an incredibly interesting ordering concept for their good quality Italian food. Diners are given a card resembling a credit card, which is used to track your order throughout each station (pasta, pizza, drinks, dessert). Their claim to fame is freshly made pasta and pizza bases, so you can either wait for your … More Vapiano

Gazi

The other lovechild of George Calombaris, Gazi is the newer-more-stylish-less-expensive-simpler-street-food younger sister to the old Press Club (where a main would go for about $50, or, your left arm). I immediately love the decor, which takes you to the streets of Greece, terracotta pots are placed on the ceilings in a lazy wave, and the … More Gazi