Top 10 places to eat at in South Yarra
Steer Bar & Grill
Following the classic New York steakhouse template, Steer Bar & Grill delivers a true meat lovers experience. One thing is for certain, you can be sure you’re eating the good stuff: origin, ageing, taste and tenderness – these steaks have it all. Feel free to study the menu or simply close your eyes and point, either way you won’t miss out. Oh, and don’t forget the onion rings.
France-Soir has been making Melbournians feel like they have been sitting in a little Paris bistro for over 30 years. Classic French dishes such as snails and pissaladiere, salad nicoise and beef bourguignon, steak au poivre and roasted duckling with orange sauce are matched with a divine selection of French wines. If you’ve just come back from France and are struggling with post-holiday blues, book a table at France-Soir, struggle ordering with your beginners French and after a few glasses of vin rouge you’ll be asking yourself if you really did get on that plane.
Thirty Eight Chairs
Thirty Eight Chairs is another fantastic South Yarra restaurant where you can transport yourself overseas without getting out your passport. This time you’re off to Italy. Like all great restaurants the menu at Thirty Eight Chairs is shaped around the freshest seasonal produce. The overall inspiration is a fusion of southern Italian cuisines, blending dishes from Campania and Sicily, with a hint of Emilia Romagna. The pasta is homemade, of course, and the fabulous antipasti or primi piatti, is beautifully put together by head chef Giuseppe Di Mauro and his team.
With a dining room, bar and bistro, The Botanical can cater to just about any situation from a quiet breakfast after a walk around the tan to an evening dining on exquisite provincial French and Mediterranean cuisine. Dark stained solid oak furniture creates a warm, sophisticated atmosphere. An old favourite with locals.
South Yarra dining is nothing if not a gourmet procession through classic French cooking and Entrecôte’s raison d’être is the absolutely mouth-watering steak frites. The classic combination is a hit with scores of people who pack the beautiful terrace on Domain Street overlooking the Botanic Gardens on a nightly basis. Entrecôte knows how to create the classic French Bistro atmosphere and with oysters, champagne and classic French desserts accompanying the steak and fries onslaught there’s no need to overthink things. In fact, that’s the whole point – it’s simple food done beautifully.
Another slice of Italia in South Yarra, Da Noi offers simple yet delicious fare that is true nourishment for the soul. The waiters won’t offer menus, because you don’t need them. Apparently it is made up each day in the chef’s head, but relax, you’re in safe hands at Da Noi. What’s more you can always bet on the tried and tested procession of: soup, pasta, meat or fish followed by a delicious desert. It’s the kind of restaurant that you’ll feel blessed to count as a local haunt.
Caffé e Cucina
Sitting in Caffé e Cucina with a bowl of gnocchi al basilica in front of you, a glass of chianti and the sound of waiters joyfully crying out ‘ciao bella’ to leaving guests, you could be anywhere in Italy. No wonder it is a perennial favourite with those looking for a romantic night out. Whether you’re flirting with the person opposite or relaxing with friends Caffé e Cucina provides the kind of warmth that brings a meal to life. Sit back, relax and don’t leave without having the tiramisu.
Tivoli Road Bakery
The Tivoli Road Bakery is in many ways a simple reinvention of the old-school bakery. You can get your bread, pies, sausage rolls and sweet treats but it has all been taken to another level. A Tivoli Road doughnut is to a suburban bakery doughnut what a truffle is to a mushroom. Same family but no comparison.
Another superb local French restaurant to indulge yourself at. While predominantly French inspired, the owners are after all the children of Melbourne’s best French chef Jacques Reymond, Italian and Spanish influences do make their way onto a very impressive menu. Give in to your inner Francophile and complete the triumvirate of Bistro Gitan, France-Soir and Entrecôte – though best schedule a few night’s break in-between.
Adriano Zumbo Patisserie
South Yarra residents should count themselves extremely blessed that the king of the macaron, Adriano Zumbo, decided to choose their suburb for his first foray outside of Sydney. Of course his South Yarra store has macarons in just about every (delectable) flavour and colour you can think of – otherwise knowns as the 40 shades of Zumbo. But in addition to the chewy little biscuits he has made so famous, you’ll find a plethora of cakes and tarts that reflect Zumbo’s genius talent for creating the ultimate sweat treat.