Everyone knows that Melbourne is a city full of incredible cafes and restaurants. But you may not know that you can also grab an incredible meal out in the suburbs. So the next time you want to get out of the hustle and bustle, why not give one of these hidden treasures a try?
If you’re looking to take your weekend Bunnings sausage sizzle to the next level, you need to head down to Preston and give Dexter a visit. This super-trendy palace of meat is perched on High Street, and it truly is a carnivore’s dream. The hanging plant boxes and stylish minimalism make for a very calming atmosphere, and the sizzle of the barbecue is music to the ears. They do a great range of craft beers here, and we’d suggest simply ordering your choice of meats to be barbied. It’ll come with mash, pickles, and a lovely marrow-rubbed sourdough trencher.
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A proper hidden gem, Hendriks is a Mordialloc favourite for good reason. The décor is very cool, with a warehouse feel and plenty of space, and there’s a nice outdoor area too. The menu is creative and varied, with flavours from all over the world, and we’d especially recommend sinking into the Curry Beef Brisket. It’s served with roti, chickpeas, egg, curry aioli, cucumber and chilli salsa. We guarantee you won’t need seconds – no matter how much you want them!
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Visitors to Cornerstone & Co tend to view their lives in two distinct periods: before Cornerstone, and after Cornerstone. Before is a grey, murky world full of sadness. After is a sunny realm of fresh pastries, glorious coffee and beautifully cosy interiors. Oh, and sweet potato hotcakes! They’re made with mascarpone, black honey, poached pear and kinako powder, and they’re just amazing. Plus, the service is impeccable and the place is full of good vibes, so you can’t go wrong!
“I stumbled across this little cafe at the weekend. The staff were inviting, friendly and fun and this really contributed to my experience. The menu has all the usual healthy and indulgent items and the cakes were very hard to resist. With indoor and outdoor seating this cafe is ideal all year round. You must try it!” – Sam Windsor-Smith
Conveniently located just 15 minutes from the train station, Mister & Miss gives you the perfect first impression of Mont Albert. You can’t miss the striking black exterior, and inside dwells a haven of foodie delights. This place is perfect for breakfast or lunch, and the extensive menu draws inspiration from everywhere. The burgers are awesome, with soft-shell crab one a particular favourite. Served with pear slaw, chilli mayo and chunky chips, it’s a flavour sensation.
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What The Bakers Wife lacks in apostrophes, it more than makes up for it in every other department. It’s bright and bricky, with one of the coolest wall murals we’ve seen in quite some time. The rustic, cottage-like interior is very pleasing, and the ‘Pardon My French’ is just gorgeous. That’s French toast, poached pear, lemon curd, berries, pistachio praline and mascarpone brûlée. Serious brunch goals.
“The Baker’s Wife menu has most of your typical brunch food options. It has a great ambiance, friendly staff with seating inside and outdoor. We orders the eggs Benedict and chilli eggs on toast. Our food came out at a reasonable time. The serving sizes was decent at a good price.” – Oreo88