I am a creature of habit when it comes to food. I am all for trying new things but when I find something I like, restaurant owners can count on seeing my face at least once every week. I tried many, many places in Australia but I can easily name my top five. I do not have a favorite, so the order here can be disregarded.
About 10 minutes (driving) from campus is this great little Greek spot called Secret Souvs. They have the best Kalamaki Platter. Included is a small Greek salad, three skewers of meat (go for the chicken! But there is also the option for lamb or beef), chips (which is Aussie for fries), and a couple of pieces of pita bread. The best part about this meal is I never finish it and there is nothing like settling into bed with Greek leftovers and Always Be My Maybe on Netflix.
If you’re in the mood for pho, it is a tie between two restaurants depending on how far you’re willing to go. If you are going for authenticity then Straight Outta Saigon is the place to go. It is a bit of a trek as it is in the city– about a 45 min tram ride– but it’s worth it! If you are looking for something a little closer to uni then your next best bet is Mama’s Buoi in Chadestone Mall. Their pho is also top notch and if you want to try something new they have a diverse menu that you really cannot go wrong with. You could close your eyes and point to an item and I guarantee you will not be disappointed.
All-ishi Japanese is about 15 minutes from Deakin and you must get the spicy salmon roll (no tobiko = extra salmon on top) But don’t go there on a Monday, because you’ll be very disappointed as they will be closed…speaking from experience. Also, I am never patient enough here to take a photo before digging in, so instead enjoy this photo of their hours.
Pizza night is always a good time if you’re ordering from Il Almafi. I have never actually been to the restaurant because it’s on Uber Eats. You never truly appreciate their hours until it’s 1AM and you have just gotten back from a long night of “studying” and you want nothing more in life than their Italian Pizza minus the prawns (shrimp) for me.
Last but not least, if you are feeling homesick and you are craving some good old fashioned American food, you are in luck! There is a Hungry Jack’s (HJs) right around the corner from campus. HJs is Australia’s Burger King but 10x better. I always go for the chicken burger (another way of saying chicken sandwiches) with chips.
So, there you have it! The Five Best Places to Eat in Melbourne. Best of all, they are all within a college students budget!