Cup of Truth’s latest cafe in Prahran promises a little more time and a few more seats than its busy city branch.
Market Lane Coffee Prahran
A cafe and roasting operation with a strong focus on education.
The Organic Food and Wine Deli Prahran
A parkside organic cafe catering to the whole family.
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.
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 modern-Asian eatery in Prahran that is a step down from fine dining and a step up from street eats.
5:30pm - 11:00pm
The cheekiest hot dog stand in the city.
Mount Erica Hotel
Parmas and pints alongside loftier bistro fare.
Pina Coladas all year round at this Caribbean bar and restaurant.
Franco Choo’s Italian
A tiny restaurant with a small, weekly-changing menu.
Award-winning country-style Shanghai fare.
6:00pm - 10:00pm
A casual izakaya.
6:00pm - 10:00pm
From the north to the south, still consistently some of the best pizza in town.
Speakeasy Kitchen and Bar
A classic name attached to a deceptively large space that's open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
This low-key venue pairs a cocktail bar with a seafood menu.
A lively restaurant and bar in Prahran.
Thai meets American diner and bar at Revolver.
Manhattan bistro chic in Prahran.
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Four to Try: Melbourne’s Best New Restaurants
Ambitious, beautiful new venues by some of the biggest names in food right now.
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.
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.
A gastro pub with fine-dining flair by the family Reymond.
Queen of the South
A Mexican restaurant with no tacos or burritos in sight.
Yoku Ono Ramen + Sake
A chalet-like ramen bar from the man behind Wabi Sabi Salon and Neko Neko.
5:30pm - 9:30pm
White Oaks Saloon Bar & Dining
A touch of the Deep South on Greville Street.
Three New Bars to Try in Prahran
Three new bars to try in Prahran: one with lobster rolls, one with butlers, and one stacked wall-to-wall with wine.