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:
Cumulus (is this reasonably priced or more fine dining dollars?)
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.
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.