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Melbourne - mid range dinner

selectiveomnivore | Mar 21, 2012 02:22 AM

I'm trying to figure out a good spot for a Sunday night dinner with two coworkers in Melbourne (we'll be down from Sydney). While we're on a business trip, it isn't really an all out expense account sort of company culture, and we won't have clients - just ourselves and no bosses - so don't want to go all out. However, I've been tasked with finding a "nice" restaurant in Melbourne. I think mains in the $30s would be a comfortable range. There's just 3 of us:

- one woman who I think is generally not very adventurous in eating habits but is impressed by "fancy" places (e.g. before a client lunch at Quay, she said "we're going to one of those places where I can't pronounce anything on the menu...should be great...as long I don't get something too weird")
- one guy who will eat anything and everything, not into fussy
- me, a San Francisco transplant into good food and smart use of quality ingredients and still in sticker shock at Australian restaurant prices

When i was in Melbourne a few months ago, I dined solo at Movida Next Door, and thought most of the food was quitegood but did have a hard time swallowing the price for some of the items. $5 for a croqueta (approx) feels steep when you compare to Spain!

I am struggling to see where to go since so many Melbourne standouts seem to be just degustations, and I don't think that's the way to go for us. Any help would be much appreciated!

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