Minka Guides: Melbourne

Minka Guides: Melbourne

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www.minkaguides.com/melbourne. GF = gluten-free / VG = vegetarian/vegan. Opening times are averages.

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    Jo says: Melbourne is situated on the land of the Kulin nation. This is their land. Always was, always will be. Learn about these fascinating people and their incredible knowledge of the land. The Koorie Heritage Trust put on some great talks, tours and events. www.minkaguides.com/melbourne
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    Jo says: I love this place. It’s a little slice of Japanese heaven in the heart of the city. Go before midday on weekdays and it's only $20 - you might even end up with the place to yourself too. Couples can rent a private room. Bow-chica-wow-wow! www.minkaguides.com/melbourne
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    Jo says: come here for The Outpost party. It’s queer. It’s disco. It’s loose. It runs every two months or so at the Gasometer Hotel in Collingwood, and is heavy on quality musical selection. Because as I like to say “Queers have ears too”. (I actually say that. And don’t steal my t-shirt concept). Super friendly, open-minded crowd, amyl on entry, and goes till late. Yes, that’s right - I said amyl on entry. I’m the door, bitch. www.minkaguides.com/melbourne
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    Jo says: small, 10-person, standing-room-only cocktail bar, with a tiny menu to match (changed weekly). Don’t be shy: feel free to just tell them what you like and see what comes back. Last time I had this violet tincture that took me straight back to my sister’s love of violet flowers in our room when we were children. Magic. www.minkaguides.com/melbourne
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    Jo says: tucked inside a little mall on Preston High St, you’d be hard-pressed to find a kinder-faced gentleman than the one who runs this small family shop. His son usually serves out the front whilst dad hand pulls the noodles out the back. I’m a bit of a broth nut and this one runs deep with me. Highly flavoursome, not rich, and plenty aromatic. My favourite combo is chicken broth with tofu; the tofu is served separately, Agedashi-style. Dip it in and die happy. www.minkaguides.com/melbourne
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    (VG) Jo says: despite their teetotalling (no BYO), this place is usually rammed to the rafters. Their zucchini dumplings are my go-to, but you should seriously try the mackerel ones too – they're better than you would expect. www.minkaguides.com/melbourne
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    (VG) Jo says: Down in St Kilda, there's a little restaurant that’s been running for about a thousand years and has quietly brought a whole new level of service to this town. Refined, ageless, this place is total class. If you don’t want to do dinner then make the most of their two-course $40 lunch special – incredible value. www.minkaguides.com/melbourne
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    Jo says: a Chinatown living legend. It's open late, so you can head there when you’re feeling a little loose and they won’t bat an eye. Expect bad lighting bouncing off balding political heads in suits, loud table chatter, fairly indifferent service, and damn tasty food. Go with a group and order large. www.minkaguides.com/melbourne
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    (GF) (VG) Jo says: there’s no menu, so everyone in the restaurant is served a completely unique meal. A deceptively relaxed open-fire kitchen churns out thought-provoking dishes with a respectful acknowledgement of local and indigenous foods. The chef is very humble: you’ll like this guy, he’s into it for the love, not the fame and he’s fucking talented. He doesn’t wear chef whites, so just look for the guy deciding the orders. www.minkaguides.com/melbourne
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    Jo says: dead serious sushi delivered with faultless service. It’s eye-wateringly good and nothing else like this exists in Melbourne. Sit at the bar, marvel at the knife work and don’t think about the food miles that brought that piece of fish from the Tsukiji market to your plate. Don’t know enough about sake to make the most of it? Then try the wine pairing - it's excellent. www.minkaguides.com/melbourne
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    Jo says: I like my wine bars like I like my coffee bars: small, simple and understated. And lucky for me, this neighbourhood gem is just around the corner from my house. A true local, ask anyone who’s been and their eyes will mist over with fond memories. Heart-warming and lovely. www.minkaguides.com/melbourne
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    Jo says: I favour the tiny coffee-bar kinda place with a singular focus. Maybe they serve milk, maybe they don’t, but each of these places are legitimately great and will serve you up something perfectly crafted with some quick, friendly banter.www.minkaguides.com/melbourne
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