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Category: Chapel St, Dinner, Italian, Lunch

caffe-e-cucina-calamari

The calamari: simply delicious

Caffé e Cucina
581 Chapel St, South Yarra
www.caffeecucina.com.au

Turn down the lights and turn up the romance, for this little restaurant on Chapel St is the perfect restaurant for two. The atmosphere is spot-on at this little Italian haunt: it’s busy and bustling, and the tables could be an inch too close, but there’s something about Caffé e Cucina that really oozes charm.

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Bistro Guillaume

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Category: CBD, Dinner, French, Lunch

Fish and chips: whole, fried whiting atop a latticed mat of obese chips

The fish and chips: whole, fried whiting atop a latticed mat of obese chips

Bistro Guillaume
Shop 7, Crown Entertainment Complex (i.e. the place next to Rockpool)
8 Whiteman St, Southbank
www.bistroguillaume.com.au

When Mr Tubbymaster chose Bistro Guillaume for our first date, little did he know that this elegant French brasserie was my favourite restaurant at the time. Whether it was fabulous taste or sheer luck, he remains my partner-in-eating to this day.

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Nacional

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Category: Bayside, Dinner, Lunch, Mediterranean, Tapas, breakfast

One problem with the city on a rainy Saturday night is the traffic. If you don’t want to contend with Melbourne’s public transport system, you’ll likely have to circumnavigate the CBD along with everyone else who’s searching for that elusive off-street car park.

Thankfully, there’s no such worry when heading to Nacional, a Mediterranean-inspired eatery, provedore and bottle shop from the same stable as city restaurant Syracuse. It’s out of the way—walking the tightrope between Albert Park and Middle Park—meaning you can dash out of the car and be settled in this slick, contemporary establishment without an entrée of silk dress à la raindrop.

Nacional
36 Mills St (cnr Herbert St)
Albert Park
www.nacional.com.au

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