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The District - February 2020

29 Jan 2020

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Eat your way through our most delicious hot spots

By Ivana Molnar

Whether you’re looking for the longest noodles, homemade wood fired pizza, dessert freshly made in front of your eyes or a beer poured straight from the brewery … you’re literally in for a treat at The District.

The holiday season came and went and now’s the time to schedule a much-needed catch-up with your friends. While you’ve spent 2019 trying every restaurant in Melbourne your colleagues have recommended, I bet there is one you’re yet to try in Docklands. Tweet your friends and make it a foodie adventure date at The District - you won’t regret it!

Did you know that dumplings symbolise wealth? The soft, doughy parcels of goodness are a must try at North East China Family at Eight Street, The District’s very own Asian hawkers market-style food hall. And the goodness doesn’t stop there. Add Ma La Tang to your list, a Szechuan dish filled with juicy meat and fresh vegetables served in a spicy soup, as spicy as you dare to go. Partner it up with a Japanese sake or Korean saju and you’re all set!

Newly opened, and the first in Australia, Dohtonbori Okonomiyaki has quickly become a crowd favourite. At this teppanyaki-style dining experience the food is cooked right in front of you, and you can even choose to cook it yourself with the staff’s help. We recommend the all-you-can-eat menu, after all it’s the best way to experience this authentic Japanese restaurant.

If you’re a sucker for a good pizza, the smell of dough cooking inside a wood-fired oven will pull you off the street and into SPQR Docklands. Our favourite is the Amatrice with San Marzano tomato, Italian guanciale, chilli, garlic and aged pecorino cheese - yum! All pizzas can be made gluten free and they’ve got vegan cheese too.

Dessert? Thai-inspired Rolly’s Roll will prepare each individual ice cream order with the freshest ingredients right in front of your eyes, served straight off the cold plate. Chocoblast and Srawfer are the most popular flavours, but if you’re up for something different try the Fruitoholic, a mix of fruit and nuts with a vanilla base milk.

Every good meal comes in a partnership with a good drink. With only windows separating the 25-hectolitre brewhouse and pub, Urban Alley Brewery beers couldn’t be any better. The Brewpub is more than just a craft beer hall, their menu features modern interpretations of traditional pub classics, perfect on any day of the week.

And if your friends all want to try something different, why not take the recommendation of local resident and ex-My Kitchen Rules grand finalist Lee Chan. “It’s almost impossible to pick just one place to eat at with all the diverse cuisines popping up in The District, so my tip is for everyone to order a dish of two take-away from different restaurants and have a mini picnic under the Melbourne Star and try a little bit of everything,” Lee said.

Now is the time to explore a world of flavour in one place, with Yassas Greek food, Carl’s Jr. American burgers, flavoursome Indian cuisine at Dosa Hut, authentic Vietnamese from Old Man Pho and soft fluffy pancakes from The Pancake Parlour. So, don’t wait, set a date and begin your foodie adventure at The District today.

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