Hi. I'm from the U.S. and will be visiting Melbourne for five nights in late July with my girlfriend, who is in graduate school in Sydney. We'll be staying in the CBD and would love some not-too-expensive restaurant recommendations, preferably within walking distance. I really appreciate restaurant programs that include "farm to table", in-house charcuterie, offal, and just good, straight-forward food--that kind of restaurant, if that makes sense (not interested in Vue de Monde and the like, not that we could afford it). We already plan on going to Cumulus Inc. for dinner on one night. How is La Luna Bistro? The menu looks good and I like the in-house aging and charcuterie. I'm a little off-put by the chef's status as television star, though. Same with Josie Bones. I'm a bit of a Europhile too, so things along that line would be nice. How is City Wine Shop?
Would also love some breakfast/lunch recommendations along the same lines. The Hardware Societe looks good, for instance.
Places for craft beers?
Lastly, I'm a barista by trade, so great coffee is a must. Recommendations there?
Sorry for the meandering post, but I'm very excited to experience all the great things that Melbourne has to offer. (Which seems like a lot!)
Thanks in advance!