St Kilda Restaurants
Known as Melbourne’s seaside playground, St Kilda has been a go-to destination for those in search of great food and drinks - and a lot of fun! Most of St Kilda’s restaurants sit on two prominent eat streets, Fitzroy and Acland, with summery outdoor destinations, moody wine bars and fine dining restaurants all part of this suburbs foodie scene. Located on the fringe of Melbourne’s CBD, St Kilda is the perfect place to visit if you’re after a quick and easy seaside dining experience. With a strong artistic culture and bohemian, beachy vibe, St Kilda is a popular destination for tourists and much loved by locals.
For an authentic Tokyo vibe mixed with some va-va-voom, this modern Japanese eatery in St Kilda zooms ahead, with accomplished head chef Atsushi Kawakami in the driver’s seat. The sister restaurant to Collingwood’s popular Wabi Sabi Salon, Wabi Sabi Garden has a grander scope, encapsulating unique culinary creations and simpler favourites. The modern fit-out lets in lots of natural light and offers groups ample room to congregate at the communal tables or outside in the traditional bamboo and pebble garden courtyard.
This long-time Melbourne favourite (it has been operating for two decades) has become a pilgrimage for lovers of fine Italian food in Melbourne. It’s a true Melbourne classic. that simply never gets old, no matter how many times you return. It’s simple and intimate, but the space still has a theatrical air: the L-shaped dining room features dark carpet, slatted blinds, blotchy walls, Bill Henson artworks and tables glow with tea lights that sit in paper wrapped wine glasses. The place is all class. Long-serving white-jacketed waiters lead you through a list of daily specials utilising the best seasonal produce: Italian truffles, lobster and twice-daily made fresh pasta are just of few delectable dishes on offer. These offerings, coupled with an extensive array of house specialities provide choices for all tastes. You simply can’t go wrong at Cafe di Stasio.
Although it’s not in the hustle and bustle of St Kilda’s main seaside precinct, the Newmarket Hotel in Inkerman Street is well worth a visit. Part of the successful Melbourne Pub Group family, Newmarket is a predictable triumph of style and substance from these guys. It's another place with cunningly fluid boundaries between outside and inside that’s well suited to St Kilda’s sunny seaside surrounds. The menu focuses on South American flavours, conducive to a warm Australian climate, and the drinks are served in carafes only - no bottles allowed. Although stylish and sleek, this place still has a bit of hipster grunge, making it a popular dining destination for people from all walks of life.
Looking for more dining inspiration in the area? Elwood, South Yarra, Windsor, Balaclava, South Melbourne and Albert Park are just a stone's throw away and are full of fabulous restaurants, bars and pubs.
Author: Georgia Smail, dimmi Chief Food Writer.
Image source: Newmarket Hotel