We regularly rate and write about the cafés we visit for lunch and breakfast so we thought we give equal time to some of our favourite dining spots. These are all from Essendon and underline the diversity of the cuisine available in our suburbs.
Bapuri, 349 Keilor Rd, Essendon
Can’t beat this for quality Korean. A menu of classic dishes created with value in mind. There are a number of set dishes or dishes for two to share and if you enjoy spicy the menu also has you covered. The fried chicken dishes are always highly rated but there is also a range of tasty tofu dishes for the vegan palate. Service is always friendly, regardless of whether you are dining in or picking up some take away.
Krabi Thai Restaurant,259Keilor Road, North Essendon
Many rate this as one of the best Thai restaurants in Melbourne. As with most modern Asian, there is a guarantee of no MSG, just authentic flavour, and Krabi Thai delivers this in spades. The menu has all the dishes you’d expect from quality Thai, offering spicy and mild dishes as well as arrange of vegetarian options. An intimate atmosphere and friendly service make dining in a pleasure, but take way is also a popular option.
Tookaiya, 314 Keilor Road, North Essendon
This is a great place for authentic Japanese food, and the restaurant is known for its friendly and efficient service. Eat in or take away is available but one of the most popular things to do at Tookaiya is order one of the banquets, sample some of the carefully selected Sakis and have a great night out.
Indian Tukka, 191 Buckely Street, Essendon
Fantastic Indian food served in a restaurant that’s cosy and comfortable. Our go-to dish is the butter chicken, but we’ve never been disappointed by anything we have ordered. The naan bread is also a must when you are there. Service is always nothing short of excellent, whether you are picking up or eating in.
Rubicon Bar Restaurant, 861 Mt Alexander Road, Essendon
There a number of people who swear the Rubicon serves the best salt ‘n’ pepper calamari in Melbourne, and it certainly is delicious. The menu has a wide range of pizza and pasta as well as meat dishes and salads. A great place for a group or an event, the staff at Rubicon will make you feel welcome and provide great service.