Neighbourhood Guide: Richmond
Richmond really is a suburb like no other. There’s the thriving Vietnamese culture of Victoria Street, the bustling nightlife of Swan Street, the bargain outlets and fine dining of Bridge Road and the hallowed turf of the MCG – and that’s just the beginning. Richmond is a continuous melting pot of culture, food, sport and nightlife. For those that live in Richmond or are just visiting for the day, here is how we recommend you explore the culinary delights of this uniquely Melbourne suburb.
Little Big Sugar Salt
A local favourite – LBSS sits somewhat standalone among the plethora of Asian grocers and eateries of Victoria Street and straddles the fine line between the suburbs of Richmond and Abbotsford. There is a healthy twist on everything here, but don’t underestimate what they can deliver – like their breakfast Tacos – deceptively healthy and full of flavour, it’s basically a Mexican masterpiece.
Mayday Coffee & Food
The newest addition to the Bridge Road brunching scene, Mayday comes from the hearts and minds behind the ever popular Axil Coffee Roasters in Hawthorn. Be prepared for a menu filled with surprises such as fennel croquettes, s’more chocolate waffles, oozy burrata and patatas bravas. The sleak design and impressive menu means that Richmond locals have already embraced the café with open arms.
Brunch with a Greek twist means that the feast had at Demitri’s is just that little bit different from what you’re used to. Think baklava French toast, ouzo cured salmon or saganaki with your eggs – this place is all about bringing your favourite plate throwing cuisine to your breakfast table.
George Calombaris’ souvlaki haven finally arrived in Richmond last year and everyone has been grateful. Not only can you grab a souva, fries and one of their amazing salads, but the Jimmy outlet in Richmond is the only one with a chocolate Baklava soft serve machine. Winning.
Phuoc Thanh Bakery
As far as bargains go, the $4.50 pork Banh Mi from Puoc Thanh Bakery on Victoria Street has to be one of the best around. A perfectly crusty roll brimming with pickled carrots, tender roast pork and creamy homemade pâté, it’s the perfect meal on the run that gets you change back from a fiver.
Combing our undying love or bao and burgers, Baotime offers a unique fusion that gives you the best of both worlds. Braised pork belly, lobster, crab, chicken – the towering fillings are endless and are totally Instagrammable.
Pushing the boundaries and expectations of ‘Modern Australian’ cuisine, Chef Ryan Flaherty creates an experience of surprise, intrigue and of course – completely deliciousness. Be prepared to have your horizons broadened with dishes like puffed veal tendons with miso cream and their famous signature Frozen Kangaroo dish that really needs to be tasted to fully grasp the wonder of it all.
The Grand delivers more than just your expected pub fare. More sophisticated that you might expect from the exterior, this essential Richmond pub is the epicenter of authentic Italian food; supplying carb-lovers with the most luxurious handmade pasta creations, it’s clear that The Grand is more than what meets the eye.
This tiny restaurant has received nothing but praise since opening last year on Bridge Road. A modern and refined take on Vietnamese makes Anchovy stand out from the masses of Vietnamese offerings on Vic Street and sees Chef Thi Le (previously from Cumulus, Luxembourg and the Town Mouse) delivering things like venison tartare and Vietnamese blood pudding and clearly blowing everyone’s minds.