In Where Chefs Eat, a new book published by Phaidon, more than 400 of the world’s best culinary creatives give their recommendations: where they pitch up for a late-night supper, the restaurants they wish they’d opened, where they would be prepared to travel. And wherever they end up, we trust it will reflect their own good taste: be it a backstreet noodle joint or a mountain-top Michelin-starred eyrie.  Asking chefs where to eat is nothing new.

So why not look to our own head, sous, and commis chefs to dish out the insider tips for Melbourne? Check out all the chefs’ so far HERE.

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In my books BangPop down on the South Wharf is was the best Thai restaurant in Melbourne. None of this ‘fusion’ kinda shit you find clogging up the foodie airwaves. It all came down to the cooking of chef Kam McManamey and him rocking his chilli-know-how.

As you may not know – Kam has now departed the kitchens of BangPop to move onto his new endeavour – Botherambo. Read our review here.

Where Melbourne Chefs Eat: Kam McManamey - Botherambo, Melbourne

Kam McManamey – Head Chef at Botherambo, Richmond

Which restaurant do you eat at most regularly?
Truong Food House in Windsor serving really good pho, bahn mi and cold 333. It’s a little take away joint run by a mum and daughter from southern Vietnam.
Breakfast?
Glovers Station – the produce is exceptional mostly organic and free range, they source some veg and herbs from the back yard and its near home.. bonus.
Late Night?
The Supper Club.. An oldy but a goody.. you cant go past the wine list.
Bar?
Union Electric in the CBD, cocktails and dumplings.
Cheap and cheerful?

Shanghai Street.. amazing Xiao long bao.. one just opened in windsor too.

High End?
Worth travelling for?
Mee Dee Thai in Springvale. So authentic. Their Guay Teow is amazing.
International restaurant?
I hope nobody discovers..
Co Thu Quan.. the best/most authentic Saigon street food in Melbourne.
My neighbourhood?
Big Boy BBQ on Glenhuntly Rd . Lance’s product is so consistent.
Guilty Pleasure?
Pork belly bahn mi from Lee Lee Hot Bread on Victoria Street.
Staff are talking about?

Minamashima – world class sushi and sashimi in Richmond.

Wish it was my idea?
A couple of young Australians have a little eating house at Otres Beach, Sianoukville, Cambodia.. pretty sweet little open plan bungalow on the tide line.. cant remember the name, that would be a nice life.
Editors note: It could be Everything is Everything at Otres Beach.
What’s your favourite dish on your current menu? 
Where Melbourne Chefs Eat: Kam McManamey - Botherambo, Melbourne. Jasmine tea smoked ocean trout, green papaya, coriander, young coconut, kaffir lime, chilli, tout roe.
Jasmine tea smoked ocean trout, green papaya, coriander, young coconut, kaffir lime, chilli, tout roe.
Why should Melbourne foodies search out Botherambo? 
We do punchy thai food using top notch produce in a cool room with great service.
Where Melbourne Chefs Eat: Kam McManamey - Botherambo, Melbourne
Contact: Botherambo – 65 Swan Street, Richmond VIC 3121. Ph. 9428 9730. WebsiteFacebookTwitterInstagram.