Top 10 Winter Dining Spots in Melbourne
With Australia recording some of the lowest temperatures and highest snowfalls in years, winter has well and truly frozen everyone across the country.
The cold snap is predicted to stick around this month, so what better way to warm up a winter’s day (or night) than a free bottle of red? Whether it’s date night, Friday night out or just a lunch with friends, Citi cardholders can score a free bottle of wine with their meals when dining at a Citi restaurant partner.
Curated from more than 450 partner restaurants, we’ve hand-picked our top Winter eateries. These restaurants are the ideal choice this cold season, offering the perfect mix of cosy indoor settings and warm, comforting cuisine.
The brainchild of brothers Nicholas and Thomas Welch, White Oaks Saloon is an Americana-inspired eatery that’s guaranteed to comfort you on the harshest of winter nights. Located amongst the arty boutiques of Greville Street, White Oaks serves up the finest cuisines from the southern states. Grab a warm jumbalaya, chow down on a mouth-watering array of fried jalapeno poppers, and wash it all down with a free red, courtesy of Citi.
Hard to go wrong with award-winning Asian cuisine located in the middle of swanky McKillop Street. Awarded The Age Good Food Guide People’s Choice nod in 2015, this restaurant is a sure fire way to warm-up your afternoon or evening. We recommend the pork belly, complete with hot mint slaw, black vinegar and a lovely chilli caramel. Lush.
The InterContinental’s Alluvial restaurant offers a first-class dining experience nestled within the iconic Rialto tower. Famous for its high tea banquets, we suggest you grab a glass of wine and snack on some of the best scones in Australia, served of course with jam, cream and lemon curd.
It is safe to say the Irish know how to beat the cold. The Celtic Club is as traditional as an Irish pub comes, with a rich cultural history in Melbourne. Duck in for a drink, and stay for the large portions of delicious pub grub on offer. They had a 140-year head start to perfect classic pie and mash, and believe us…they have!
5. Charcoal Lane – Grill/Modern Australian – Fitzroy
Couldn’t have a list of winter warmers without featuring a good old fashioned Aussie grill. For meat enthusiasts curious to try Australian staples like roasted Emu fillet, or chargrilled kangaroo steak, look no further than Charcoal Lane. The flavours and textures of the meat at this eatery are unrivalled, and their impressive line up of dishes designed for carnivores all pair back nicely with a glass of red.
6. Seagulls Greek Taverna – Greek – Frankston
Classic Greek cuisine from this iconic Frankston taverna which has been in operation in for over three decades. Delicious seafood, smokey meats and fresh dips made in house all combine to make the ultimate Greek dining experience.
The new menu at Merrywell bar has been curated by Daniel Wilson, and features a tasty collection of modern Australian-style sharing plates. The menu is classic yet unique, offering fresh takes on popular Aussie dishes. Head indoors, escape the outside chill and order a fresh bowl of Korean spicy beef Bolognese, just make sure you do so with a complimentary wine on us!
A warm, friendly environment welcomes you at this family-owned and operated Italian restaurant in Nicholson Street. L’Osteria is as authentic as it comes, and rightfully has become a local favourite in the Fitzroy community. The cosy setting is reminiscent of a family living room, the food is authentic, the portions are generous and the taste is exceptional. The ambience of the restaurant is one of its calling cards, the perfect location to beat the cold snap this month.
Vons restaurant is a hidden gem that boasts an exotic fusion of Mediterranean and Australian cuisine. Vons does a bit of everything, really well. The menu features an excellent selection of pasta and risottos, and is accompanied by some creative and truly delicious main courses (braised veal shank anybody?) A must-stop destination for Melbourne foodies.
Considering we’re trying to beat the cold this Winter, look no further than some of the best (and warmest) curries Melbourne has on offer. Two Fat Indians is the epitome of contemporary Indian cuisine with unique twists on tried and true classics. For entrees we recommend the drunken lamb cutlet, a trandoori cutlet soaked in rum and black pepper marinade that bursts with flavour. On the coldest days in East Melbourne, find us cosied up with a spicy three chilli beef vindaloo parked in front.
Food tastes better in the winter season, this is an undeniable fact of life. We all embrace the brilliance that is cosying up in the cold and these restaurants are a surefire way of achieving just that. Warm up your winter, courtesy of Citibank Dining Program!