Category: Gluten free

Melbourne 3000: Father’s Office Speakeasy Bar

The Father’s Office is located in the heart of the student precinct of the CBD, close to RMIT and next door to The State Library. Students and travellers seeking Melbourne’s hard to find happy hour congregate in the large balcony area at The Father’s Office. The bar is jumpin’ jumpin’ with people ordering $6.50 Absolute vodka’s and craft beers on tap. But the Father’s Office is also known on Instagram for it’s cute American style share plates and burgers.

You will find share plates from polenta and parmesan cubes to pork cracking and popcorn chicken on the menu, enough to excite anyone who hasn’t eaten before drinking at the bar.

After ordering on an empty stomach, we were presented with the Home-style mac and cheese, arancini balls and fries.

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Rustic creamy mac and cheese baked with breadcrumbs and topped with cheese (bacon optional) was well presented and tasty enough for $8, but the dish was not big enough for one person, never mind substantial enough to share.

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Three Arancini balls that sat in a sweet smoked aioli for $6 were delicious, but you might want to order 3 plates of these if you’re hungry. As for the fries, I have never seen such a small portion of fries served at a bar in my life. It was as if the chef of The Father’s Office took our order, walked down to McDonalds on Swanston Street, returned with a small fries and then poured them into a tea cup.

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I know you have potential Father’s Office, so please stop being so stingy.

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North Melbourne 3051: Di Bella Roasting house

On a sunny Saturday morning myself and a good friend drove to north Melbourne and took a quick stroll in the sun to Di Bella Roasting House. This warehouse turned coffee roasting cafe is a popular place for the many brunch and coffee lovers in North Melbourne. Large groups of mature aged men in Lycra can often be seen parking their expensive road bikes at Di Bella, possibly after riding 200km around the bay.
After waiting 15 minutes for a table for two we sat down and were immediately presented with menus.
The coffee is something to write home about. The lattes are impeccable and the pour over was also of a high quality. I ordered the chilli avocado on chargrilled sourdough toast with special tomatoes and a side of confit field mushroom. I have one word for this breakfast dish. Top notch. Actually that’s two words.

I recommend this place over auction rooms, the initial wait to get a table is worth it. A fantastic brunch experience.

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Footscray 3031: The Reverence

The 45 minute wait for my chimichanga was worth it.

The generous servings and variety of gluten free, meat, vegetarian and vegan options on the menu attract a wide range of people.

My two daughters came with me to this run down bar in Footscray and were very pleased with the busy young crowd, and their meals. The pulled pork made from jackfruit, with apple sauce and almonds pleased my youngest daughter, and the eldest enjoyed the vegan quesadillas immensely. However she thought the bar’s slim selection of hot sauces could be improved.

Footscray does it again with fresh, affordable vegetarian food. I recommend this to anyone looking for decent bar food in inner west Melbourne.

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Brunswick West 3055: Hungry Birds

Remolacha РI had the Remolacha which was a sandwich with beetroot pur̩e, spiced Gouda cheese and avocado. Very simple but fresh and delicious.
The wait time for take away was a bit excessive, especially when there is no where to sit and wait. However there were all round good vibes and I have recommended this place to friends who love good food.

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Brunswick 3056: Gasometer

Southern fried chicken burger and fries – A place you would come to only if your friends band is playing and you wanted to eat unhealthy fried American diner food. The vegan options are great to have on a menu but there should be a burger (or something) without a large chunk of processed soy. A portobello mushroom burger with optional onion rings, Seasoned onion rings with good spices or creole chicken with a flatter and thinner soy burger would be great. The white sugary buns need to be replaced ASAP with something more grainy and healthy. It’s all well and good to serve sugary white bread rolls because it’s an American diner style menu but it’s 2013 and customers want healthier options.
The mac and cheese used to be fantastic when it was in smaller servings and came as a side. It’s brilliant to have mac and cheese on the menu so I hope it stays but improves in flavour.
In general gasometer food needs more seasoning, less soy , fresher options, better quality and healthier bread and to keep mac and cheese on the menu forever.

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Brunswick 3056: Cornish Arms Hotel

Went here for lunch on a Saturday with friends. Usually order the vegan Parma which is great but this time opted for the chicken burger (vegan).
It was good value as it came with a side of chips for $12. However, it would be good if there was an option for salad instead of chips. Regarding the actual burger it was flavourless and too overly processed (soy cheese, gluten chicken, fake bacon) and didn’t have enough sauce or lettuce.

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