The food scene on the section of Little Lonsdale Street, between Queen and Elizabeth Streets, and its adjoining laneways is thriving with an injection of some of Melbourne’s best dining hotspots. Over the coming weeks, we show you I Eat Melbourne’s pick of the bunch:
Paperboy Kitchen - 320 Little Lonsdale Street
Vietnamese Banh Mi & Noodles, or as Paperboy Kitchen describes its menu, ‘Rolls & Bowls’. This delightful addition to the street builds on the growing presence of Vietnamese-inspired establishments in Melbourne. With an option of base ingredients, all of their rolls and bowls come with Asian Slaw, Carrot-Daikon Pickle, Sriracha-Mayo and Coriander. It's fresh, flavoursome and appealing to the eye.
Pepper Lunch - 311 Elizabeth Street (Cnr. Little Lonsdale Street)
This ‘hotplate’ eatery is a Japanese sensation with over 200 outlets in Japan, Singapore, China and other parts of Asia. The concept involves a unique iron plate heated at 260 degrees celcius, upon which meals are served raw allowing for the consumer to become the chef and manage the cooking process at the dining table whilst the plate stays upwards of 80 degrees celcius for more that 20 minutes. Makes for a fun meal with friends!
Raw Trader - 10 Sutherland Street
Raw Trader is a café with a healthy difference. It offers coffee complimented with a selection of sweet treats that are organic, raw, vegan, vegetarian, paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free and sugar-free. They also serve organic granola and cereal blends with their own line of raw organic dairy-free milk, which come in the almond and hazelnut varieties.
Koba - 119 Hardware Street
Mexican has had its dominance in Melbourne over recent years, so why not mix it up a bit with Mexican and Korean fusion. You’ve had a burrito, but have you tried a Korrito? Most items under $10 and its great for a meal on the run. Try the Kimchi fries!