When it comes to all things weird and wonderful in the food and drinks space, Melbourne venues sure know how to stand out. In celebration of the unique, the wacky and outright wild trends and flavours hitting the Melbourne foodie scene, we’ve compiled a shortlist with some sweet, savoury and, ah, more special creations that can be found for you to try for yourself.
Buns as black as the night sky
Charcoal black foods are all the rage at the moment, and burger buns are no exception. Knowing Melbourne’s obsession with all black everything, this wacky food trend shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. For a charcoal bite worthy of an Instagram snap make your way over to Temple Brewing Company for a burger – and a side of beer while you’re at it.
Temple Brewing’s signature midnight burger is our dish of choice, filled with Wagyu beef, bacon, jack cheddar, butter lettuce, tomato, pickled zucchini and onion plus house made relish, wrapped up in a charcoal brioche bun.
Mac & Cheese Sandwich
Now here’s a crazy idea – macaroni, béchamel and cheese in a sandwich. Now why haven’t we thought of this before?! This masterpiece of a creation combines some of our favourite things in one – melted cheese and carbs wrapped up inside of more carbs.
You can find it in Preston’s Food Truck Park at the appropriately named pop-up Cheese and Bread. They name all their toasties after iconic duos; this one’s the Lenny and Carl. Others include the Batman and Robin (wagyu patty, beef strip and cheese), Mario and Luigi (pesto, roma tomato and cheese) and the Winnie and Tigger (Nutella, house blend cheese and icing sprinkle).
Sweet, sweet lamington jaffles
Fitzroy’s Bad Frankie bar is home to some pretty excellent cocktails and local spirits, but what makes this north side watering hole even more special is their unique take on the humble jaffle. The Bad Frankie crew know jaffle making is serious business, whipping up a mean mix of savoury and sweet melts to please even the most discerning jaffle fan.
While the classic ham and cheese is always a safe bet, you simply cannot leave without trying their most popular dish, the Lamington jaffle. This chocolate soaked sponge cake is filled with hot jam and rolled in coconut. Oh and we can’t forget about the delicious cream too!
OTT cakes, with raspberry, chocolate and popping candy
The masterminds at Burch & Purchese Sweet Studio in South Yarra are known for their exquisite creations. For something that’s over the top in the best kind of way, you simply must get your hands on their Explosive Raspberry Milk Chocolate dessert. Featuring raspberry cream, raspberry marshmallow, fresh compote, chocolate chip cookie crumb, red chocolate velvet sprayed raspberry, milk chocolate mousse and a bundle of chocolate popping candy to finish, you may just want to keep this one to yourself.
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Cheesy, spicy and fruity pizza
Spice up your Friday night pizza game with a flavour combo that’s a little unconventional to say the least. Port Melbourne’s unique pizza and pasta bar Mojo’s is home to some of this city’s wackiest pizzas. Our pick is their Go Bananas pizza, stacked with banana, bacon, brown sugar, cheese, cream cheese, chilli flakes and sweet chilli sauce.
This strange mix of sweet, savoury and spice might be a challenge to get your head around, but it works in a weird kind of way. Go on, give it a shot – it might just surprise you.