Econo Lodge City Square
67 Swanston Street
Melbourne, VI 3000
Phone: (61) 3 96547011
Fax: (61) 3 96507107
Box on Collins is as simple as its name suggests, yet thought provoking. The simplicity is translated as "chicness" rather than no-frills. Enter and be ready to look your best. Conceived by Barley Caton & Halliday, Box is a design achievement in itself, transforming a very narrow, awkward room into an elegant space. Modern with muted tones, thick aubergine carpet and silk cushions, it is a delight to sink into Box's interior. The menu features stylish, contemporary Australian cuisine. Dishes include angel hair pasta with yabbie (crustacean), squid, smoked salmon & herbs and snapper fillet toasted with coconut sesame crust. Make a booking on +1300 18 9269.
Journal Canteen looks and feels like a college canteen. It has long dark wooden tables on one side and smaller tables and stools on the other. The lighting is really good, and bookshelves above, contain books on various subjects. This room was actually a classroom once upon a time, but today, people come here to study, make notes, or to just go back in time. Journal's menu seems to change everyday, with their blackboard specials creating a very tempting sight! They also serve salads, bruschetta, rolls, and more. Journal's coffee, and pastries come highly recommended.
Degraves Espresso Bar is the perfect place to muse over a cup of coffee or to catch up with friends. The pleasant ambiance and arty decor add to the charm of this cozy and compact venue. A great place to grab a bite when you're in a hurry or to enjoy dining in the outdoors. The menu boasts of European dishes and also vegetarian grub. For that perfectly blended coffee and tasty soups this place is highly recommended.
The Adelphi Hotel has always sought to be a little different. By acquiring Teage Ezard, the chef of another quality eatery Guernica, to run its restaurant, the hotel has continued in this vein. Sleek, sophisticated lines in this basement restaurant make an uncluttered background to the superb food which showcases the best of East meets West fusion cooking. Ezard's seafood, from oysters to whole garfish in a coconut batter is a revelation. Noodles feature, without dominating. Nothing is ever heavy, though the servings are generous. His versions of traditional dishes, like osso bucco, are exceptional.
Chloe, the main icon of Chloes Brasserie is a famous nude portrait which has graced the walls of Young & Jackson since 1909. Dedicated to this painting, this restaurant features an open kitchen. So you can order a delectable dish and you can watch it being cooked right before your eyes. And the delicious aromas floating all through the room makes your mouth water and your stomach rumble. There is also a sensational dining room which overlooks the Flinders Street Station. So wine and dine with a great view and better food.
Arintji Cafe and Bar presents indoor as well as outdoor dining experience with equal panache. The use of contrasting shades for the decor adds more vibrancy to this hip and sassy cafe. The a la carte menu is also offered here along with a fine selection of cocktails and wines. This place is also functional for various events with a seating capacity of 200. With spectacular views, this award-winning place assures you a feast for all your senses!
Tony Starr's Kitten Club is all about good food, good music and good ambiance. It's popularity means smoke, cheerful chatter and an intimate atmosphere. Chairs and tables adorn the upstairs club while vinyl ottomans and stools decorate the lounge area. It is groovy and guaranteed to be fun. Eating at Kitten Club is better quality than you would expect from a bar venue. Think brown sugar cured yellow fin tuna or thyme marinated chicken breast.
The extremely steep stairs lead to a great Melbourne staple that is treasured by those in the know. Run by the Hare Krishna Movement it gets quite busy at lunchtime. The decor is simple and functional with traditional Indian paintings on the wall. Customers include business people, students, travelers and pensioners. The all-you-can-eat set menu includes soup, main dish (usually Indian-style vegetables), rice, pappadam, pakoras and sauce, mixed green salad, dessert and a drink. Customers can still order individual dishes such as main dish, soup, salads and lasagna. Gopal's also caters for all functions.
Though in the heart of the city, Gopal's Pure Vegetarian Restaurant takes you away from the bustle and provides some fresh nutritious Indian vegetarian meals. The restaurant also serves internationally influenced dishes. With a bit of culture attached to this place, the food cooked is first offered to Lord Krishna and only then is the blessed food served to customers. Being part of the Hare Krishna Movement, onion, garlic and mushrooms are not used in the food.
In the middle of the downtown Melbourne action and open until the wee hours of the morning is this narrow, bright tea joint. Ten Ren's Tea is a popular stop for a variety of inexpensive tea-based concoctions, including bubble tea and the popular black milk tea. Even the food is largely tea-based, with tea jellies and sweets, tea soups and meat and veggie options. You can also select from a collection of special boxes of tea to purchase, ranging in price from a few dollars to a few hundred dollars, depending on the rarity and quality of the tea.
There is something seductive about Cafe Segovia; small and intimate, friendly and abuzz with activity, nestled down one of the most charming and distinctively European alley ways this side of Florence: it is a favorite amongst shoppers and midnight revelers alike. The menu is broad and contemporary, branching out from the restraints of its Italian/Spanish surrounds.
Right in the heart of Melbourne, with views across Federation Square, Chocolate Buddha is always bustling with activity. The restaurant serves hearty country Japanese fare and the dishes are simple and wholesome. Chocolate Buddha's interior mixes modern edged furniture with traditional Japanese touches. Diners sit at communal tables, perched on stools with cushions of bright Japanese patchwork. For more details, call ahead.