Melbourne’s ethnic diversity is reflected in its culinary world, and as gastronomic outings are a bit of a local obsession, there are a vast variety of restaurants to choose from. It’s no surprise that Melbourne is dubbed the eating capital of Australia. Many of Melbourne’s areas have a culinary character all of their own—from the Greek atmosphere of Lonsdale Street or Carlton’s "Little Italy," to the wide choice of Chinatown around Little Bourke Street. Near the Yarra River, at the Southgate complex you can enjoy striking views of the city and spectacular waterfront while you dine. You’ll find something for every palate and price range—from fine dining to fast noodles, from focaccia to fish of the day. It is said that to truly discover Melbourne is to embark on an adventure for the taste buds.

1. China Bar Signature

China Bar Signature is the largest buffet restaurant in Melbourne and offers the best of Asian cuisine. The food is prepared by some of the finest chefs from all over Asia, including China, Vietnam, Malaysia and Hong Kong. Here you can enjoy dishes like sushi, sashimi, fresh oysters, Peking duck, yum cha, noodle and traditional Asian soups.

Address: 222 Exhibition Street
Web: www.chinabarsignature.com

2. Cerberus Beach House

This lovely, small hidden gem in the heart of Black Rock serves fresh sea food and healthy classics in an open fronted restaurant. Friendly staff, amazing food and a stunning view over the bay, what more can one ask for?

Address: Boat Shed 212, Half Moon Bay
Web: www.cerberusbeachhouse.com.au

3. Red Orange

Red Orange offers a mix of modern Australian and international cuisine located just opposite the famous Prahran Market. The Porterhouse steak is mouth-watering.

Address: 194 Commercial Road, South Yarra
Web: www.redorange.melbourneaustralia.com.au

4. Baraki Upo Mezethes

The restaurant offers a mouth-watering selection of distinctive Mediterranean mezethes to share. Don’t miss out on the signature dish! And, as the menu suggests, "ask for lots of bread and feel free to make a mess."

Address: 168 Lonsdale Street, City

5. French Brasserie

The French Brasserie in the top end of town boasts an internationally renowned chef who produces modern French cuisine. This culinary delight is served in a chic environment with an inside and outside seating area.

Address: 2 Malthouse Lane, Melbourne 3000
Web: www.thefrenchbrasserie.com.au