5 of the Best Restaurants Near Cremorne
From upscale Mediterranean to contemporary Vietnamese fare, we’ve rounded up five of the best restaurants in the pint-sized pocket of Cremorne.
The once-industrial suburb of Cremorne has since blossomed into a true food lover’s paradise. From upscale Mediterranean to contemporary Vietnamese fare, we’ve rounded up five of the best restaurants in the area, each within walking distance of The Malt District.
The third restaurant for Reymond siblings Antoine, Edouard and Nathalie, Frederic is a sophisticated slice of European dining in the heart of Cremorne. The interior is sleek and polished, with exposed brick walls, plush leather seating, and an elegant Mediterranean-inspired menu to match. Dine on dishes such as sweet corn madeleines with blue swimmer crab, house made squid ink orecchiette with king prawn, and chicken and shitaake raviolo with tarragon, pancetta and mushroom consommé. Also on offer: a dedicated steak menu, alongside a variety of European cheeses and desserts.
Contrary to popular belief, the CBD isn’t the only good spot for a decent Italian feed in Melbourne. Just ask Ms Frankie. Fresh pasta is the star of the show here, lovingly handmade in-house by Sicilian ‘sfoglina’ (pasta master) Piera Pagnoni. Choose from perfectly al dente linguine with scampi, cherry tomato, garlic and white wine, to impossibly fluffy pillows of potato gnocchi in rich beef ragu. Starters are equally tempting, including arancini, local burrata and fritto misto, alongside salumi and cheese boards aplenty. Nab a seat in front of the the glass-enclosed pasta kitchen and watch the sfoglina work her magic.
Hannoi Hannah New Quarter
Located in Richmond’s bustling Swan Street precinct, Hannoi Hannah New Quarter delivers classic Vietnamese fare with a contemporary twist. Here, each dish nails the sweet, sour, spicy, bitter and salty balance Vietnamese cuisine is known and loved for. Tuck into small plates of kingfish ceviche, or betel leaf with mushroom, tofu and pomelo. Larger plates include a coconut poached chicken salad, green duck curry, and steamed whole fish with soy, spring onion and ginger. Can’t decide? Go for Hanoi Hannah’s ‘best bits’ — a selection of menu favourites, priced at just $62 per person (or $45 for the vegan option).
Brought to you by the acclaimed Lucas Group (responsible for Chin Chin, Kisume and Kong), Baby Pizza is effortless Italian dining, with an emphasis on fresh, seasonal ingredients that speak for themselves. There are at least 15 wood-fired pizzas on the menu at any given time; standouts include the Funghi with mushrooms, buffalo taleggio, fior di latte and thyme, and the Tricolore with fried eggplant, smoked scamorza, yellow cherry tomato, basil and speck. Pizza aside, you’ll also find small plates such as vitello tonato and calamari fritti, plus classic pasta dishes, larger mains, and ample salads and sides. Summer at Baby is not to be missed for $5.50 spritzes daily from 3–6pm.
Coveting a perfectly cooked steak? Look no further than Macelleria, ‘the butcher that cooks for you’. It’s as simple as selecting your favourite cut of dry-aged, grassfed beef from the well-stocked meat cabinet; perhaps a petite 150g eye fillet, or a 350g rib eye cutlet. Tell the team how you’d like it cooked, and choose a side and sauce to match. If you’re after something other than steak, Macelleria does a mean marinated spatchcock, as well as a range of juicy beef, chicken and veggie burgers. With a very reasonably priced wine list to boot, it’s not hard to see why this spot is such a local favourite.