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?
In a world of fickle burger lovers, Brother Burger and the Marvellous Brew (try saying that quickly five times after downing four IPA’s in quick succession) has had the staying power to keep audiences interested with their offering. So much so, that they have been able to spread their wings, head south of the river and open a new joint in South Yarra recently. We had the chance to speak to founder Marcelo Tummino to get the lowdown on where he and his team eat….
Which restaurant do you eat at most regularly?
Probably Pacific Barbecue House, it has a great variety of dishes to please all the different tastes of my young family.
Hammer & Tong, they got the whole morning thing happening – great vibe, great food and great coffee.
Supper Inn, no fuss, all the old favourites always reliably there. Yet going there, it always feels like a late night adventure unfolding…
Katuk Bar, it’s conveniently just down the road from Brother Burger South Yarra on Chapel Street perfect for a wind down after work knock off. The crew that work there are terrific, and there’s seating options for all moods.
Cheap and cheerful?
I love Vietnamese, whether I feel like a pho, a banh mi or a coleslaw, I could have them all everyday.
Tetsuya’s – it is the example of class, style and substance. Food that is so simple, yet so intense, it’s just a wonderful experience, a real privilege to have had the experience.
Worth travelling for?
The Winery Kitchen, Seymour, perfect to visit on a lazy Sunday arvo, the wood fire pizza is special.
Still love Harry’s Bar in Venice, it’s got it all, the walls really do talk.
I hope nobody discovers…?
In this world dedicated to all that is fast and always about what is next, I regret that it instantly becomes what was. I actually hope we rediscover the peace in slow.
Gluten-free fish and chips at Theo’s Fish Bar in Ivanhoe, delicious F&C, you wouldn’t even guess why it’s so good.
I love ice-cream, all ice-cream. But I can’t go past my old The European partner’s place, Gelateria Primavera in Spring Street. Perfect even in winter.
Staff are talking about?
The beer, always the beer, we love talking beer, so much to learn, so much to share.
What’s your favourite dish on your current menu?
I love the Hot Stuff, it’s my go to burger, preferably with a crafty brew, a pale ale or if I’m after a boost something darker, a porter or a stout.
Why should Melbourne foodies search out Brother Burger?
Amazing Burgers with house-made everything – bread buns, sauces (ketchup, mayonnaise, BBQ sauce, chilli jam…), pickles, 100% full-blood (pure-breed) wagyu beef patties – no fillers.
Craft Beer, dynamic selection that changes all the time, as every keg is replaced with an entirely new Australian craft brew.
Sit in comfort, be waited on, a place that looks great and has a great vibe and is open late. The average meal is around $25, a great value night out.