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Melbourne eating and drinking recommendations (medium prices, casual dining/ bistro, cocktails)

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Melbourne eating and drinking recommendations (medium prices, casual dining/ bistro, cocktails)

Miss_P | Aug 30, 2012 08:17 PM

Hello fellow Chowhounders,

I'm going to Melbourne for a week with my partner and two friends. We are interested in relaxed/ casual dining, home-style cooking and eating, small plates, and drinking some interesting cocktails. We are not into Asian fusion.

Initial research suggests the following might fit the bill:

Food:
Huxtable
Pope Joan
Anada
Cumulus (is this reasonably priced or more fine dining dollars?)
Proud Mary
Journal Canteen
de Clieu

We would like to go out one night for a higher-priced treat. We have been to Berta in Sydney and really liked that (and had the banquet option - surprise shared plates until we were full, matched with wines, fantastic). Is there a Berta-like equivalent in Melbourne that anyone would recommend? I'm sure there may be more than one.

Cocktails/drinking:
Black Pearl
Bar Lourinha (though some mixed recommendations - is this still worth trying?)
Cookie (for good cocktails and Thai food)
Der Raum (I hear the cocktails are good, but the ambiance/setting maybe trying too hard to be trendy?)

Are these good choices and are there any others I have missed?

Thanks for your help.

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