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Melbourne's Top 5 Laneway Foodie Spots

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Melbourne's Top 5 Laneway Foodie Spots

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Whether you love comfort food or want to try something a little more daring and innovative, Melbourne is the city for you. A huge variety of cultures, cuisines and styles are featured in the restaurants, cafes and bars.

Creative and passionate individuals are whipping up dishes with flavour and flair throughout the city, so check out these hidden gems on your next visit.

This restaurant is unique in that it's a 1970s style pub that serves up delicious Spanish inspired tapas and racinoes in a softly lit dining room and bar.

When owner Frank Camorra and his partner Vanessa embraced what made them excited, the eatery started to thrive. Instead of trying to please everyone they did what felt right and the people of Melbourne and beyond responded in kind.

You'll find Movida down Hosier Lane, where graffiti lines the walls and cobblestones line the street. Begin your evening at the bar with a cool beer and a jamon croquetta, which is a lightly fried bread treat, before you take a seat to enjoy a meal paired with rich red wine.

Burn City Smokers
If you love meat, this is the eatery for you. The Burn City Smokers food truck travels throughout Melbourne’s Laneways, serving up classic American barbecue dishes.

Steve Kimonides, the man behind the marvel, is known for his homemade barbecue sauce that makes these meaty dishes as punchy as the Fernet Branca he drinks, and as sharp as his Opinel knives.

Working alongside Raphael Guthrie, the pair cook their meat in a Georgian smoker, and imbue the cuts with red gum, grape wines and rub the meat with salt and pepper. Their beef short ribs, cooked for 12 hours and topped with picked jalapenos, are a must-try.

Hidden away down Market Lane in Melbourne, Hutong Dumping Bar is where you'll get a taste of distinctive Chinese culture. Let yourself be transported to the authentic ancient land of China, where flavoursome food is served up.

When you arrive, you can choose which of the three floors you dine on. The ground floor offers the opportunity to see the Dim Sum being made in a warm and casual kitchen dining experience.

Old Beijing and Shanghai come through in a contemporary style on the second floor, and the top floor is the place to go for luxurious and private dining.

Head on over with your family or friends and try a variety of meals. From the typical local dishes section the salted braised pork in new style, crispy fragrant duck and laksa chicken fillet are great options.

Chin Chin
Hidden down Flinders Lane, here you can enjoy South-East Asian food with Australian wine. The ambiance captures the flavour of the orient. You'll be taken to a workingman's dining hall in Bangkok, where you'll enjoy casual, street-inspired food that has a cool modern twist. Benjamin Cooper, the executive chef, uses fresh ingredients to create all of the sauces, pastes and relishes that really transform these dishes. Try the kingfish sashimi or spicy corn and coriander fritters and finish off with the palm sugar ice cream sundae.

Be sure to try a smooth red or a light white with your meal, as every quarter the restaurant features a local winemaker.

Cumulous Inc.
Located down Finders Lane in the art and fashion precinct, Cumulus Inc. is waiting to be discovered by you. The eating house and bar opened in 2008 and quickly became known for its great food from Andrew McConnell and modern and light space.

Whether you're after breakfast, lunch or dinner, this is the place to go. In the morning you can get organic muesli or the full English breakfast. Take along your loved ones for lunch and dinner, with the delightful meals made to share.

The grilled cuttlefish, chickpeas, braised tomato and espelette pepper showcases what makes this food so good - it's simple, with carefully selected flavours, familiar and new all at once.

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