August 24, 2017
Find flavours of the world in Elsternwick Village
There’s a great big, exciting world out there, and it’s yours to explore every week, whoever you are. Yes, we can all experience world travel without even leaving the country, thanks to food.
The world is full of gastronomic wonders to explore, and with every mouthful you know you are experiencing centuries of history and tradition; tasting the very essence of a culture.
And while there is no end to the countries you can explore, real foodies understand there’s only one great food destination to know: Elsternwick Village.
Elsternwick’s vibrant, multicultural restaurant scene features choices from all around the world.
Become a seasoned traveller with our top pick of tastes of the world:
Middle Eastern cuisine
Middle Eastern dining is a trip through history for your tastebuds, with many dishes as old as civilisation.
While each country has its own cultural variations, most dishes include couscous, lentils, vegetables, lamb and nuts.
Thai dishes are known for their exotic flavours and fragrances, and range from spicy grilled lamb sticks to steaming bowls of Tom Yum Soup. Immerse yourself in the flavours of Vietnamese street food at Hanoi Hannah and Saigon Hut, or go for Thai dishes at Khun Thai and Phad Thai Food.
Japanese cuisine is all about the freshest in-season produce and meticulously prepared fish and meat dishes. Check out the menus at Tataki, Bistro Goemon, Tokyo Deli, Tempura Japanese Cafe, Momoyama Sushi and Yori Yori Sushi Bar.
For other flavours of Asia, try Singaporean cuisine at Ren Dao Vegetarian, Korean dishes at GU.E Korean Grill and The More The Better, or opt for mixed Asian cuisines (Malaysian, Chinese and Thai) at Kotaraya Restaurant.
A truly classless cuisine, Hungarian dishes combine simple peasant food and highly developed Empire fare. It’s hearty and indulgent and perfect for cold winter evenings. Warm up at Budapest and see for yourself.
Spanish food is as much about community and sharing with friends and family as it is about satisfying hunger.
From small plates of tapas, to hearty paella, there are only three rules: it must be fresh, seasonal and totally unpretentious. To experience the flavours of Spain, invite your friends to a night at Denada.
Fresh and light, Mexican food is often spicy, frequently citrusy, and always fun.
Although tacos and nachos are a popular choice, take the road less travelled and sample other rice, seafood and vegetable combinations at Mexico City.
Pickles are popular as are potatoes, and mushrooms feature in many dishes – no one does comfort food like the Russians.
Try out some of the dense, flavoursome stews, and dark, exotic breads and dumplings at Nevsky Russian Restaurant.
It’s the nation responsible for everyone’s obsession with pizza and pasta dishes. But you haven’t experienced the exquisite simplicity of true Italian food until you’ve eaten at Bocca Cafe & Bar, Bocconcini Restaurant, Pavarotti Pizza, Pizza Religion, Motorina Pizzeria or 48H Pizza e Gnocchi Bar.
One of the freshest and most flavoursome of the world’s cuisines, Lebanese fare is all about combing olive oil, lemon and garlic with barbeque flavours. Feast to your heart’s content at Talk of the Town.
Looking for more?
For a taste of everything, try Passport World Food Cafe which offers dishes inspired by the flavours of regions like Provence, Morocco, India and Hungary.
To explore more food in Elsternwick Village, view our full list of restaurants, eateries and diners here.