These are the cult favourites that you can be sure to rely on when you’re not sure what to order. When you simply can’t handle another bout of food disappointment. When you crave something flavourful, something chaotic for your taste buds, something that will linger on your lips and mind.
These meals wouldn’t dare leave the menu. In fact, these dishes simply aren’t going anywhere… except to the top of your culinary bucket list
1.Stokehouse Q‘s Bombe
Invented years ago, this sweet standout is as iconic as Cara Delevingne’s eyebrows, Miranda Kerr’s dimples or Katie Holmes’ crooked smile. Frozen white chocolate parfait, strawberries and toasted meringue have proven to be a match made in heaven.
2. Denim Co.‘s Italian Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate
If this cheeky drink was a person, he/she would be Insta-famous. These layers of peanut butter and molten chocolate are sweet, photogenic and highly addictive.
3. Bourbon Street‘s Gumbo
Cancel your trip to New Orleans – it’s simply not worth the travel time! Especially when considering Bourbon Street has totally nailed this soulful dish of the South. A stew made of pulled chicken, pork sausage, bacon, rice peppers, onions, tomatoes and a blend of Creole spices and seasonings.
4. Ole‘s ‘Marisco’ Paella
A shallow (but extremely wide!) pan of prawns, squid, mussels, clams and saffron rice. You order this dish because you know for a fact that you won’t be able to recreate it at home with success. Unless your name is Alejandro… or Diego… or Lucia. Perhaps also Fernanda.
5.The Manhattan Line‘s NYC Hot Dog
With each bite, you can almost picture yourself in the Big Apple: bright lights, skyscrapers, the sound of your feet hitting the pavement, people pushing past you while the voice of Carrie Bradshaw encourages you on your way. The thing is, the most exhilarating part is the price: this Manhattan Line classic sets you back just $8. Pass the ketchup!
6. Lost Bean’s Cupcakes
The delicious array of freshly baked cupcakes in Lost Bean’s display is something to behold. What they are not giving away is how they get pipe their icing piped to perfection every time.
7. Brooklyn Depot‘s Depot Burger
Don’t wear white, because things are gonna get messy. Two grass-fed beef patties stacked with double American cheese, hickory smoked bacon, grilled pineapple, oak leaf lettuce, fresh tomato and a whole lotta Depot special sauce.
8. Zeus‘ Loukoumades
Paniyiri may be over but the honey puff party lives on. These Greek doughnuts are smothered in honey, cinnamon and walnuts. Or hazelnut chocolate and walnuts, if that’s what you’re into.
9. The Charming Squire‘s Banoffee Pie
It’s Banoffee Pie, but not as you know it. Banana, coeur a la creme, cinnamon crumble and caramel are deconstructed. Not to mention, this one will look epic on your gram!
10. South Beach Social‘s 400g Black Angus Grain Fed Rump
Streets Beach in the background, a rump in the forefront and a Corona to wash it all down. Let us know if you come up with a better – or more Australian – way to spend an arvo.
11. Popolo‘s Picnics
If you and your squad haven’t attended a Popolo picnic, what have you been doing with your life?! Crack open this basket of antipasto, arancini and pizza at the River Quay Green on a Sunday afternoon while listening to the sweet sweet tunes of Sunday Social on the Green.
12. Espresso Garage‘s Avocado on Toast
We know, you’re all sick of hearing that avo joke… we are too! So, we won’t stop you from ordering this delish spread on toast! The good people at Espresso Garage serve their Turkish toast with half an avo AND tomato relish for less than $10.
13. Mister Paganini‘s Maialona Pizza
Pizza = love. Especially when wood-fired, topped with tomato, Italian salami, mozzarella, pancetta and chilli oil.
14. Viet de Lites‘s Coconut Pumpkin
We’re definitely not vegan however we could be if it meant we can eat this dish all day every day. The best part about this coconut pumpkin is its simplicity. Just four ingredients are needed, so you should read this recipe and try making it at home!
15. Ahmet’s Lamb Dumplings
Ahmet’s menu boasts bold flavours and big banquets, so it’s possible your eyes might have skipped over this traditional dish. Served with paprika butter and garlic yogurt sauce, we think these dumplings are comfort food at its finest.