Everyone loves lists!
We love lists!
Our Top 10 for 2011 should not be taken to be in any way definitive.
If we did it again next week, the results would quite likely be quite different.
Nor does it necessarily include our favourite and/or regular eating houses, or even our most memorable meals for the year.
It’s just 10 things that caught our fancy and made our tastebuds sing for one reason or another.
The most shocking about our list is that there is no overlap at all with the equivalent list drawn up by the restaurant critic of The Age. Poor thing – how did she ever miss all this Good Stuff?
What are your highlights?
In no particular order …
Barkley Johnson antipasto platter
We could get this divine offering tailormade if we so wished, but we prefer to leave it up to the staff. That way we may get marinated pumpkin, which Bennie likes but dad doesn’t, but we also get the marinated sardines (as above) – a surprise that delighted. But some things are standard – always a very good dip, three or so incredible cured meats, several different kinds of olive, marinated vegetables, a stuffed vine leaf and more. Always with just the right amount of bread. As a light/medium meal for two, it’s brilliant at $21.
La Morenita new sandwiches
We love ‘em all and the extra variety they add to one of our fave haunts – especially the the chacarero ($5) of steak, cheese, tomato, mayo, greens beans and hot green chilli.
Heather Dell coconut tart and jam slice
Mmmmm … classic and sensational old-school sweeties.
Classic Curry gol gappe
Despite our passionate liking for Indian snack food, we’d never come across these before trying them at Classic Curry in Sunshine, so have no way of knowing how good they are by comparison. But we love the fun of them and the tamarind tanginess.
Cafe Advieh baklava
We like your standard baklava, too, but this is different and better – rustic, chunky, fragrant with spices, delicious. They do excellent salads and dips, too.
Hyderabad Inn dosas
Most of all we’re grateful the dosa experience is now easily available in the west, and we’re happy to frequent any of the places that sell them and similar food. But Hyderabad Inn remains our choice for quality and diversity of combo deals and the like.
Broadmeadows Station Kebab House lamb shank soup
We have yet to make the trek to Broadmeadows so Bennie can have a crack at this ambrosia. When we do, he’ll love it in a slurping, joyous kind of way – guaranteed!
Yoyo’s Milkbar feijoa lollies
Where have these been all our lives? We love the pineapple chunks, too!
Leo is our go-to man for divine and affordable choc-covered cookies, cookies in general and nougat.
Now they’re going for well under $2 a kilogram, the nightmare months of insane prices of well above $10 are starting to fade. Yay!
Funky, fantastic Melbourne ethnic food finally gets the sort of academic scrutiny it deserves.