Footscray Milking Station
Solid coffee and one hell of a pulled pork panini.
This burger joint in the west is a nostalgic ode to our favourite pixels past.
Fox in The Corn
Fresh pasta and one of the best beer lists in Melbourne.
Pizza and cheap tinnies in a tiny, secretive courtyard.
The Plough Hotel
A historic pub with a serious makeover.
Restaurants of Australia
It’s a question eaters have been grappling with for some time. Is it the [smashed avos](https://www.broadsheet.com.au/national/food-and-drink/smashed-avocado-generation) and flat whites that so many of us preface our weekends with? Is it the leftover spag bol we hurriedly eat at our desks during “lunch hour”? Is it the [wild food stuffs and eons-old traditions](https://www.broadsheet.com.au/national/series/guide-native-food) of the country’s first people: a wonderland of ancient cuisines and cultures that varies around the country like footy team allegiances? Or is it ethnic food flavours that piggy-backed to Australia on migrant shoulders? The edible keepsakes of [England](https://www.broadsheet.com.au/brisbane/west-end/restaurants/london-fields), [Italy](https://www.broadsheet.com.au/adelaide/norwood/restaurants/nonna-and-i), [Greece](https://www.broadsheet.com.au/sydney/restaurants/apollo), [Thailand](https://www.broadsheet.com.au/perth/cbd/restaurants/long-chim), [India](https://www.broadsheet.com.au/sydney/food-and-drink/indu-opens), [Africa](https://www.broadsheet.com.au/adelaide/cbd/restaurants/africola) and more, besides? Is it the things we [grill on hotplates in backyards](https://www.broadsheet.com.au/melbourne/food-and-drink/backyard-barbeque-sunshine-west) that are as much about feeding our stomachs as it is bringing people together? And what of the things we pick up in drive-through windows, between the train and the office, and [after the pub to soften the blow of the morning-after](https://www.broadsheet.com.au/perth/food-and-drink/article/fremantle-gets-new-late-night-food-option)? Maybe it’s the things we buy at farmers markets, specialty butchers and fishmongers. But it could just as easily be the plants that we grow in our backyards, too. The answer, of course, is all of the above, and much, much, more. While Planet Food is a wide, deeply complex world, much of Australia’s brain power seems, right now, to be focused on this country’s restaurants. With this in mind, *Broadsheet* decided it was high-time we began taking a closer look at the restaurants that make up Australia’s wonderfully diverse food scene. Will we arrive at an absolute definition of Australian cuisine? Probably not. But at the very least, we'll get a lot closer to understanding who's shaping our culinary landscape, how exactly they're doing it and where we might be headed.
A cheery Malaysian-Chinese eatery along the Barkly Street strip.
The Restaurants for Every Celebration
We all have our favourite venues, but how suitable are they for the occasion? In partnership with the Bank of Melbourne and its #socialfeeds competition, we highlight some of the key places around town guaranteed to shine in the moment.
A small-scale Ethiopian restaurant with tradition securely at its heart.
Phat Chicks Fried Chicken
Ever tried instant ramen fried chicken?
Mr West Opens in Footscray
Twenty-four taps pouring beer, wine, cider and cocktails – including Espresso Martinis – at a new double-storey bar on Nicholson Street.
Six to Try: Melbourne’s New Restaurants
From Thai street food to Algerian home cooking, the city’s new restaurants are full of soul.
Domain Road Restaurants: “We’re Open for Business”
News that the South Yarra thoroughfare is closed for the next five years isn’t quite right, and restaurateurs want diners to know it.
Up In Smoke
Barbeque and a beer garden in Footscray by the folks behind 8bit burgers.
Restaurants of Australia: Africola
Adelaide meets Africa to create a singular restaurant unlike anything seen before … on any continent.
Restaurants of Australia: Millbrook
A grow-it-yourself winery restaurant leading the way with accessible, seasonal, plant-based dining.
10 Best Restaurants in Melbourne for Cocktails
Salted-caramel Negroni? Here's the 10 best restaurants for pairing cocktails and dinner.
What’s Open Over Summer: Restaurants and Bars
Eat and drink your way through the silly season and the (hopefully) sunny weeks that follow.
Four to Try: Melbourne’s Best New Restaurants
Ambitious, beautiful new venues by some of the biggest names in food right now.
Fire at Little Saigon Supermarket in Footscray
The end of an era for a market nearly 25 years old.
Following Junya Yamasaki Around Footscray Market
We trail the Japanese chef while he shops for ingredients before taking over Marion Wine Bar for four days.
A New Sunday Market Arrives in Footscray
Bring your own belongings in, Camberwell Market-style, and peruse vintage fashion, books, vinyl and fresh produce.
38,000 “No Shows” Blacklisted From Restaurants
Think again next time you decide to not show up. It costs the Australian restaurant industry $75 million.
Restaurants of Australia: A Primer
Behind Broadsheet’s new monthly series on the country's most interesting restaurants.
Footscray Icon Olympic Doughnuts to Close Permanently
For this community, it was more than a doughnut shop.
The Line: Jerome Borazio’s New Footscray Project
The Laneway Festival founder has grand plans for a culture hub in the west.
Sun Theatre to Open a Sister Cinema in Footscray
A rooftop cinema will pop up before the permanent one is completed.
The Station Hotel
Well-sourced and cooked steaks that make for some of Footscray’s finest.
The Reverence Hotel
A destination for live music fans, vegans and tequila drinkers.