Sharing Melbourne’s foodie tips

Who doesn’t love to share their hot tips for delicious food discoveries, whether it’s a favourite coffee stop, brunch hangout, or tummy-pleasing pub grub?

Melbourne just wouldn’t be Melbourne without these treasured dining spots, so during the 20th Festival in March this year our presenting partner Bank of Melbourne offered Victorians the chance to ‘dine out on us’  for a year by sharing their top foodie tip.

After wading through suggestions from more than 2,000 food-loving Victorians, the top tip was selected.

(Drum roll please)… The winning tip came from Lloyd in Richmond: “Rowena Parade Corner Store is a quaint and chilled café in Richmond that really sums up the Melbourne Sunday morning vibe. Brekky and a coffee.”

And we hear that the charming Rowena Parade Corner Store has the best milkshakes in Melbourne too.

By sharing his knowledge of the quirky Rowena Parade Corner Store, Lloyd will be enjoying fine dining at these restaurants:

The Langham Melbourne ARIA Bar and LoungeFlower Drum, Melbourne
The Lake House, DaylesfordCoda, Melbourne
Annie Smithers Bistro, KynetonPlunkett Fowles, Avenel
Vue de monde, MelbourneSt Katherine’s, Kew
Attica, RipponleaKumo Izakaya, Brunswick East
Chateau Yering, Yering 

The prize also includes participation in Melbourne Food and Wine Festival Langham Melbourne MasterClass 2013.

Lloyd moved to Melbourne from Sydney to be part of the great food and arts culture and was delighted with his win, saying “It is such an amazing prize and I am so grateful for this opportunity. I have already enjoyed one dinner at The Flower Drum which happened to be on my birthday.”

Check out more top foodie tips:

  • “Kitschen Pantry is tucked away from the hordes with INSANELY scrummy food, lovely crew and modestly amazing providore selection. Eat everything!”
  • “Best avocado toast around can be found at Little Ox in Brighton. Fresh, zingy and flavoured capers, red onions and coriander. Bliss!"
  • “Glicks on Balaclava Rd, St Kilda. Best bagels this side of NY. Also fried Gefilte fish balls are a tasty treat.”
  • “If you want the best ribs in Melbourne go to Squires Loft! Juicy and fall off the bone.”
  • “Check out Ceres, Northcote, for its seasonal, local organic produce. It’s like stepping back in time to do your groceries. Get in quick!”
  • “Eastern Palace Rowville, an oasis of delicious Yum Cha off the modern day silk road of Eastlink. Have a feast fit for Marco Polo himself.”
  • “In the vibrant suburb of Moonee Ponds you can find Vicolo risotto bar. Voted Melbourne’s number one risotto.”
  • “You can get one of the best home-style pasta dishes like the ones you get in Italy at L’amina in Mitcham.”
  • “Maha’s Sultan Feast – stunning plates with exotic wines and shisha for dessert. Music in the bathrooms is fab for a mid-course boogie!”
  • “Haloumi cheese and pie, together at last! Two bucks each at A1 Bakery on Sydney Road. Sounds terrible, I know, but you don’t eat with your ears.”

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