Eating out in Melbourne can be both a gift and a curse. With so many options on the menu, how can you be sure to make the best choice? Sure the paella on the table next to you looks delicious, but haven’t you heard that the chef’s crispy pork belly is second to none?
The answer? A degustation.
Degustations allow you to sample small portions of the chef’s signature dishes all in one sitting. The best bit? It’s much cheaper than ordering all of them separately and you can always come back for more of your favourite.
Here are our top five South Wharf degustations:
Monday Degustation Dinners at Akachochin
One of Melbourne’s best-kept secrets. Head to Akachochin on a Monday night and enjoy six of the restaurant’s signature dishes with a matching sake for each course, for just $60 per person.
Book on 03 9245 9900.
Bohemian’s Chef’s Selection Lunch
Head chef Josep Espuga brings his favourite dishes together with his Chef’s Selection lunch option. Start with his Spanish fried potatoes, follow with his croquets with romesco sauce, marvel at his house-made Chorizo, and end with a bang: braised lamb shoulder, roast pumpkin, potato and beetroot. The best bit? It’s only $25 per person. The menu changes regularly – but it’s always a delight.
Available from 12pm – 3pm. If you’re coming by for dinner Bohemian also have set sharing menus selected by the chef available for dinner so enquire within.
Book on 03 9682 0566.
Smokehouse Wednesdays at Meat Market
Wednesdays at Meat Market are a real treat. Come down from 5pm and check out what the chefs have smoked up each week. Frequent dishes include bourbon glazed beef ribs, hickory smoked chicken and smoke roasted lamb. Better yet, pair them with a smoky whisky cocktail, or a whisky flight sampling whiskeys from around the globe.
Book on 9008 8953.
Tuk Tuk Feast at Bangpop
Bangpop knows it’s no fun arguing over what dishes to order. Instead, let their head chef Kam McManamey take you on a journey through their Bangkok hawker-stand-inspired menu with a Tuk Tuk feast. It features eight courses of large plates for everyone to share, and is only $49 a head.
Available for groups of 4 or more, book on 03 9245 9800.
Chef’s Selection of Cured meats at Plus 5 Bar
Plus 5’s Head Chef couldn’t pick between his favourites – so he has three different Chef’s Selection options available. Pick from his sharing platters of cured meats, European and Australian cheeses, or marinated vegetables (or if you’re really hungry order them all) and sit back and watch from the bar as he prepares it all right in front of you.
Book on 03 9686 6528.