Member since 13 Nov 2015
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Will be in Melbourne area for 3 days for the first time and I would like to avoid the cookie cutter globalised big city (which is now everywhere) experience with the now ubiquitous ferris wheel, and vegan, halal, hindu, kosher, kebab, sodium light, peanut free restaurants in favor of an authentic Aussie one. Any recommendations for locations say about 45 minutes or so outside Melbourne Airport which are pleasant, nice with decent restaurants (thinking non-PC global warming inducing steak) and, oh yeah, actual non-PC Aussies. Thanks in advance.
Member since 23 May 2017
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I'd try a drive up the Calder Highway to Bendigo, far more laid back than Melbourne. Tried the Woodhouse restaurant a couple of years back great steak nice beer selection.
Thanks, I'll look that up.
Member since 14 Nov 2015
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If you like steak, hard to go past Vlado's. Hasn't changed since 1973!
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I agree with above that you'll need to venture out of Melbourne CBD to find something similar to what you're after. Melbourne is a very cosmopolitan city, great for different cuisines. Some great fine dining restaurants come to mind when I hear 'Aussie' cuisine but I imagine that's not what you're after. More regional Vic might be where you should head.A little off topic but I actually find Melbourne to have an excellent culture for the most part. Particularly in the gentrified areas around Fitzroy, Collingwood and Richmond. I find the best illustration of this is the cafÃ© fare and I think it has largely been driven by young people. Of course you'll find most big cities are very globalised but compared I think Melbourne does very well for itself, compared to Sydney. I'm quite impressed with how it's grown as a city of the past half century but it might just not be for you.
Well, I'm near a big.liberal U.S. city, so what you note is exactly what I do not wish to witness during my brief stay. I dare say that had I had the time I would venture to the outback, to a sheep station to meet said 'authentic Aussies'. In your face (or is that front shirting), a good sense of humour, and a bottle of beer. Thank you for your input, and I will keep Neil Perry in mind. Food wise I always felt that fish/lobster, steak and lamb is sound, solid Aussie fare. The best lamb I had was in Auckland a few years back.
Member since 15 Dec 2016
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The Rockpool Bar & Grill at Crown is pretty bad (compared to one in Sydney, I visited both)
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Member since 23 May 2014
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I think I know what you mean... my recommendation would be to rent a car and drive out to Noojee (about 90 minutes away, very scenic and totally off the beaten track) there is a great pub / hotel there called the Toolshed Bar / Outpost Retreat, spend the afternoon / evening meeting the locals (buy a round - all will be good) stay the night and drive back the next day. Stop off in any small town for a pie - will be a great trip.
Thank you. I shall look that up. Yes, down to earth Aussies as I recall from my visit 20 years ago. But they are fast disappearing as globalisation has changed the dynamic and character of countries everywhere. Again, thanks, mate. Will toast you in a pub!
Member since 02 Apr 2017
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For the ultimate Aussie food experience, rent a car and drive to a gas station. Order a meat pie or sausage roll. Make sure they have the squeeze capsules of "tomato sauce". Your life will be changed.
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