Published: Dec 11 2019
5 of the best restaurants in Moonee PondsWhether you’re in the mood for a laid-back five course meal, or a quick bite to eat, Moonee Ponds has an array of restaurants just waiting to be explored. And the best part is they’re all within walking distance of Mason Sq. Keep reading to discover 5 of our favourite Moonee Ponds restaurants.
il CaminettoServing traditional Italian cuisine, this Moonee Ponds icon is home to one of Melbourne’s first wood-fired pizza ovens. Expect exceptional, high-quality cuisine from this long-standing eatery, with classic pizzas like a Diavolo (tomato, mozzarella, hot salami, onion, capsicum and chilli) and Zucca (mozzarella, roasted pumpkin, fresh spinach, pine nuts and goats’ cheese) both making an appearance on the menu. If you’re not feeling pizza, the selection of handmade pasta is an excellent secondary option.
While the focus is on authentic Italian cuisine, il Caminetto also caters for dietary requirements with a big selection of vegan and gluten-free options too. It’s the perfect spot to get your Italian fix without leaving the northside.
Address: 114 Pascoe Vale Road, Moonee Ponds
ChibaIf you like seafood, we can guarantee you’ll love Chiba. Expect sushi, sashimi, soft-shell crab and more at this authentic Japanese restaurant. Located in a little laneway, just around the corner from Mason Sq., Chiba is bright and cheerful.
Those with a love for fresh fish won’t be disappointed by the sushi bar, while if you’re interested in exploring Japanese cuisine a little further, we recommend the tempura or yaki udon (stir-fried udon noodles with seafood and vegetables). If you’re planning a trip to Chiba, be sure to book ahead – it’s incredibly popular, and for good reason.
Address: 41 Hall Street, Moonee Ponds
BurgroundThis is not your classic burger joint… Forget the fatty heart attack cheeseburgers we’ve become accustomed to in Melbourne – these burgers are fresh and, dare we say it, healthy. While your classic beef and chicken burgers are available, we recommend exploring something different here – like the vegetarian halloumi cheeseburger with beetroot, lettuce and soy-milk mayo in a charcoal bun. The space is pretty big, so don’t be fooled if it feels a little empty when you first arrive. Rest assured though – the super friendly waitstaff will make you feel at home in no time.
Address: 84 Puckle Street, Moonee Ponds
The Ascot LotTechnically located in Ascot Vale, this food truck park is absolutely worthy of a mention. Playing host to regular events like trivia, drag bingo and dog-friendly days out, i.e. daiquiris and dachshunds, The Ascot Lot is colourful, fun and there’s always something happening.
If you find it hard to commit to just one cuisine, The Ascot Lot is the perfect choice – the venue regularly plays host to Greek, Italian, Mexican, jaffles and dessert food trucks so your options are endless. Why not make a day of it? Bring your pooch, sit back and enjoy live music and drinks in the vibrant outdoor area.
Address: 448-462 Mt Alexander Road, Ascot Vale
PhilhellenePhilhellene, meaning ‘friend’ in Greek can be used to describe both those who enjoy Greek culture, and those who strongly uphold it. It’s a fitting title for this Moonee Ponds restaurant, owned by fiercely patriotic couple John and Susie Rerakis. Serving provincial Greek cuisine in a homely setting, Philhellene has featured in the Age Good Food Guide for six consecutive years.
If you’re stopping by for a meal, we recommend the stuffed eggplants with mizithra and goats’ cheese, followed by the baked quince in cognac, with halva ice cream. It’s the next best thing to having your Greek friend’s mother whip up a feast for you at home.
Address: 551-553 Mt Alexander Rd, Moonee Ponds
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