6 of the Best Themed Restaurants in Melbourne

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Looking for a dining experience a little left of centre? Look no more, Melbourne has them in spades! 

Kitschy, fun decor, cute menu themes, traditional dishes from around the world and awesome atmospheres abound in these unique eateries. Have a burger from a train carriage five storeys up, dine with Denis the Menace, or eat lamb gyros in a subterranean cave. Never will you have a boring lunch at these six special spots!

1. Denis the Menace, Cremorne

I know, not your usual theme, but it's a theme that works! Denis the Menace cafe in Cremorne is a whole lot of fun. 

The huge, light-filled open warehouse is home to food with a sustainability focus and a in-joke filled menu that you can't help but giggle at. Why not try the Avo, We've Met Before, Oh Shit-ake, Wild Child or Running Late Roti. The kids' menu options include egss, muesli, toastie cheese, and chips.

  • Where: 106-108 Chestnut St, Cremorne
  • Opening Hours: 7am - 3pm Monday - Friday, 8am - 3pm weekends
  • For more info and to book: check their website.

Image Credit: Denis the Menace Facebook

Image Credit: Stalactites

2. Stalactites Greek Restaurant, CBD

If you've ever walked past Stalactites in the city, you absolutely couldn't miss it. 

One of Melbourne's longest-established and well-known Greek restaurants, Stalactites stands out with its bright friendly vibe and its famous stalactite-covered ceiling visible from the street.

Go old-school traditional with your eats and grab a souvlaki (lamb, chicken or mixed), or vegetarian souvlaki with a bunch of mouthwatering toppings to customise your meal. They also do excellent platters, dips, seafood, a grill section, breakfasts, desserts, and homeland favourites like cabbage rolls, gemista, moussaka and homemade beef konkinisto, with most of those options available kid-sized from the children's menu.

  • Where: 177/183 Lonsdale St, Melbourne
  • Opening Hours: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • For more info and to book: check their website.
Image Credit: Easey's Facebook

3. Easey's Collingwood

"Burgers & Beers served five stories up in a rooftop train carriage overlooking Melbourne City. Beat that." they say, and it's hard to disagree!

The best of Melbourne's art, music, transport, people, food and drinks all combine in this unusual eatery on the top of the End to End building on Easey St, Collingwood. The views are phenomenal, and the food is large and excellent.

Indulge in one of the six burgers (one chicken, two veg), three hot dog choices, mac and cheese, chips, tater tots, dim sims, chicken wings and donuts before coming back down to earth.

  • Where: 48 Easey St, Collingwood
  • Opening Hours: 11am - 10pm Sunday - Thursday, 11am - 11pm Friday and Saturday.
  • For more info and to book: check their website.
Image Credit: Munich Brauhaus

4. Munich Brauhaus, South Wharf

Guten Tag! It's all German all the time at Munich Brauhaus in on the South Wharf. Paying homage to all things pork in their menu, you'll feel like you stepped right into a Bavarian bier hall without ever leaving Melbourne. 

The food features pretzels and pickles aplenty, as well as wiener, pork knuckle, schnitzel, steak, burgers and desserts alongside an extensive beer menu and excellent kids choices (you can find the children's menu here, featuring mac and cheese balls, burgers, schnitzel, hot dog, chicken wrap, fries, gelato, and a grilled cheese sandwich).

Speaking of kids, they often have fun events for the little ones in mind - for example, they are running a Family Winter Wunderland every Sunday in winter where kids eat free, there is face painting, petting zoo, colouring in, and even a Disney movie room. Check out their events page to keep track of what's happening next!

  • Where: 45 S Wharf Promenade, South Wharf
  • Opening Hours: 8am - 12am Monday - Friday, 11am - 12am weekends.
  • For more info and to book: check their website.
Image Credit: Rice Queen Facebook

5. Rice Queen, Fitzroy

For when you want good Asian food and plenty of it in funky-coloured surrounds. 

Stepping into kitschy Rice Queen is like stepping into another world with their brightly-lit paper lanterns and furious fuchsia blossoms offset by the outrageously blue bricks.

The menu is designed for sharing, so dishes are small, but they are delicious and there is a huge range of gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options. Try the baby banh mi, san choy bao, grilled king oyster mushrooms with eggplant puree, their ultra-famous KFC (Korean Fried Chicken, or spring for the cauliflower vegetarian version), steamed dumplings, DIY Korean tacos, veggie curry, or their salad or noodle dishes. You will absolutely not leave here hungry! 

If you're looking for something to do after dinner, why not hit their karaoke room? It seats 15 at the back of the diner, and is available in 90 minute slots.

  • Where: 389-391 Brunswick St, Fitzroy
  • Opening Hours: 12 -11pm Sunday - Thursday, 12 - 1am Friday and Saturday
  • For more info and to book: check their website.
Image Credti: Truck Stop Deluxe

6. Truck Stop Deluxe 

Eat a burger in an indoor truck? Yes please!

Truck Stop Deluxe in Werribee is a west-coast-inspired truck-stop diner serving up fabulous burgers alongside signature spiked shakes, cocktails and desserts. 

Their burgers are served on lightly toasted brioche buns and any one of them are available as vegetarian (they sub a chickpea patty). If you feel like something different, they also do fried chicken in 3, 6 or 9 packs, as well as mac and cheese croquettes, onion rings, popcorn chicken, and four types of fries including sweet potato, and cheese and bacon waffle fries.

If you've still got room after that, check out the dessert menu - perhaps they can tempt you with a Wizz Fizz ice cream, ice cream donut sandwich or Nutella waffle stack?

Honk, honk!

  • Where: 98 Watton St, Werribee
  • Opening Hours: 11.30am - 9pm Tues - Sun 
  • For more info and to book: check their website.

Where do you like to go that's a little left of centre for something different?

 

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