Take A Walk On The Southside

Monday August 6th, 2018

Luana, Melbourne foodie and blogger at Food Comatose, takes a walk along the South Wharf Promenade and makes some surprising discoveries…

No, it’s not the Docklands. It’s South Wharf – a delightful precinct dishing up some of the best food and wine Melbourne has to offer.

From the CBD, hop on a tram and take a short ride to Melbourne’s best-kept Southern secret, boasting rich naval history, restaurants and bars, events and fabulous shopping. (Note to bargain hunters: Get to DFO!)

As you stroll along the iconic Seafarers Bridge, you’ll see coy lovers on their tinder dates, families out for a day with the kids, hospo crews clocking off for a break, mobs of fans attending a cosplay event – there’s always something going on in this hub of culture and entertainment.

Now, where to eat and drink? There are plenty of choices to suit any occasion, with gorgeous views of the water and cityscape. Some of my favourites include Akochochin, an authentic Japanese restaurant with an impressive selection of sakés and whiskeys. Do try the saké flights with food pairings – the melon saké is my top pick!

The Boatbuilders Yard has optimal views for those Insta selfies, as it extends out onto the Yarra River. More importantly, they do HALOUMI FRIES. Run, don’t walk.

If you’re opting for something casual, head to Plus 5. Dimly lit and cosy, the intimate ambience is perfect for a date or small group. Inspired by Spain and Italy, their menu includes exotic tapas, pizzas and a long list of cocktails. I highly recommend the G&Ts.

Vegetarians and vegans rejoice! Ironically, the Meat Market can accommodate all your dietary requirements. In fact, the cauliflower steaks are a hit with the carnivores too. I also fell in love with their refined wine selection. The 2016 John Duval ‘Plexus’ GSM, Barossa Valley, SA is my new obsession.

The General Assembly is an inviting beer house with both indoor and outdoor seating, perfect for pre-drinks or a late night tipple. Treat yoself to their indulgent dessert menu. Totally worth it.

And then there’s the Bohemian Wine Bar – a contemporary watering hole with European influences throughout their menu and interior design. The bar offers a generous selection of artisan gin and a long wine list showcasing quality drops from around the globe. Of course, a good wine bar must always have a decent cheese selection. The Bohemian goes one step further by offering vegan cheese (which tastes exactly like goat cheese feta) and runs cheese-making classes! Where do I sign up?