One does not simply live in Australia without sampling some proper bush tucker. Don’t worry, you don’t have to go all Bear Grylls and source the food yourself, simply head on over to one of these Melbourne eateries serving authentic Aussie cuisine.
The Crafty Swuire
Located on Russell Street in the heart of Melbourne, The Crafty Squire the popular 90 seat restaurant serves both contemporary and classic dishes with an Australian twist. The Crafty Squire also operates a working microbrewery where you can taste their unique craft beers and take a fascinating brewery tour to learn how the brewing process works – so you can really make a day of it!
But first things first: let’s eat. From their Small Bites options, you’ve got crocodile sausage rolls with Lemon myrtle & caper mayo for $16, or the emu meatballs with Napoli sauce & parmesan, also $16. Of their Bigger Dishes, there’s the Chermoula-marinated kangaroo loin, served with mustard roast chats, capers and semi-dried tomatoes which will set you back $28. Yum!
115-127 Russell Street, Melbourne
In a 149-year-old building in the inner-city suburb of Fitzroy lies Charcoal Lane: a vibrant restaurant that always offers high quality, modern Australian cuisine. Owned and operated by Mission Australia, a non-profit community group, Charcoal Lane also provides accredited education in hospitality for historically disadvantaged Indigenous Australians.
Kick off with an entrée Macadamia pesto crusted kangaroo sirloin chargrilled zucchini ribbons, braised leek, muntrie berry, blood orange and sunrise lime salsa for $20, followed by a main of Parma ham wrapped wallaby sweet potato mash, rosella flower, red wine and pepperleaf jus for $31. Finish off the meal with a wattleseed infused espresso martini, the perfect pick-me-up after a delicious meal.
136 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy, Melbourne
Brambuk Bushfoods Cafe
Brambuk – only three hours west of Melbourne – not only provides the very best information of the Grampians National Park, showing you where to go and what to see, but their cafe is pretty topnotch too! Relax with mountain views and enjoy bushfoods from their extensive menu.
Served from 11am-3pm daily, Brambuk’s Bushfoods Café is overflowing with choice. Expect dishes like kangaroo steak sandwich, crocodile pasta and emu sausages. Alternatively, opt for the ‘little bit of everything’ Bush Food Platter, with ‘everything’ being kangaroo, emu, crocodile, wild duck, two bush food chutneys and a garden salad all for just $19 (serves two people).
Brambuk The National Park & Cultural Centre, 277 Grampians Road, Halls