8bit.

Fast food at its best in Melbourne's CBD.

Remember when you used to play video games in 8bit? Well now you can eat delicious fast food and pretend you're in one. In the heart of Melbourne's CBD lies 8bit - a fast food joint whose quality puts it above the rest. 8bit is a reminiscence to video games of days gone by. The interior is fun and playful with a bold blue and yellow colour scheme. On the walls you'll see 8bit artwork of your favourite Nintendo games. Even the tiles are pixelated. At the front of the store, you can get your 8bit fix while you wait with the old school Arcade Classics game machine.

The menu has all of the varieties of burgers and hot dogs you could ever want (and they are all named after old school video games, of course). Grab the 'Double Dragon' for double everything, the '1 Up Mushroom' for all of your veggie needs, or the 'After Burner' if you think chilli sauce and jalapeños should coexist. But sometimes you've just got to go for the classics. The '8bit with Cheese' comprises of a juicy beef patty with tomato, lettuce, onion, pickles, mustard, cheese, ketchup and 8bit sauce all squeezed into a soft sesame seed bun. While the '8bit Dog' consists of a huge smoked frankfurter topped with grilled onions, pickle, relish, ketchup, mustard and spring onions. 

For those who say it isn't over until they've had dessert, don't you worry, salted caramel, peanut butter, and strawberry cheesecake milkshakes are available. And there's even a changing weekly chocolate bar milkshake.

Classic 8bit, classic food.

www.eat8bit.com.au

231 Swanston Street, Melbourne, VIC, 3000

 

Le Bab

The humble kebab gets a serious upgrade at Le Bab.

Declaring themselves a ‘kebab renaissance project’, Le Bab was conjured up by two lads who met and University and shared a ‘mutual fascination with the ancient gastronomy of kebabs’. Refreshingly different in their approach, Le Bab take the traditional, Middle Eastern kebab and transform it by using high quality produce and a mix of deep, seasonal flavours.

All the meat is cooked on a wood and charcoal fired robata, giving it a smokey taste and the other elements to each dish have been carefully considered, creating a delicate, moreish combination. We tried the Pork Shawarma, which was topped with grilled spring onion, roasted white broccoli puree, fennel pickle, small chunks of salty crackling and chermoula mayo. All wrapped in a flatbread, this mixture of earthy and sweet flavours was delicious. We also tried a corn fed chicken shish, with garlicky toum, honey and jersey royal crisps.

No trip to Le Bab would be complete without a portion of their famous Fondue Fries, an upmarket version of cheesy chips. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can order a pig’s head for £36 which comes with some of that amazing crackling.

You can find Le Bab on the very highest level of Kingly Court, Soho. It Does get busy pretty quickly so it's definitely worth booking.

www.eatlebab.com

2nd Floor, Kingly Court, Carnaby Street, Soho, London, W1B 5PW

 

Pond Cafe

The best smashed avo just outside of Melbourne.

A visit to Torquay (or a road trip along the Great Ocean Road) is not complete without a stop at Pond Cafe. Situated along the Esplanade just a stone's throw away from the ocean, this little brunch spot is nothing short of perfection on a lazy Sunday morning. 

Reclaimed pallets and wooden barrel flower pots reel you in from the beach while simple and elegant design keep you staying put for more than one coffee. 

Normally, I steer clear of avocado on toast as I eat it religiously everyday at home but I had to make an exception after reading the menu..."smashed avo and poached eggs with roasted coconut & almonds, coriander, pickled chilli, goats cheese, tomato, and lime on seed and sprout toast". If you can read that and not choose to eat it, then I despair. The eggs were perfectly runny and the explosion of flavour from the variety of toppings made for some of the best smashed avo just outside of Melbourne. The Big Breakfast was, well, big and included everything a big breakfast should - bacon, sausages, potato rosti, asparagus, eggs, tomato and toast.

Next time you get your out-of-town beach fix, dont forget to pop into Pond Cafe.

www.facebook.com/Pond-Cafe

39 The Esplanade, Torquay, VIC, 3228