Residents of Melbourne are incredibly spoilt for choice when it comes to new and unique venues to venture to. Like most people in this lovely city, I love a good feed, which means more often than not the ‘new-thing-to-do-this-week’ involves a flavorsome feast of some sort.
After new dining experiences in the heart of Melbourne? There are plenty to choose from. If it’s a communal feed you’re after then head to Open Table. You could be dining alongside your next-door neighbour or daughters teacher without even realising. If a speedy treat tickles your taste buds then why not follow one of the cities Food Trucks for a ride? Take your pick from Taco’s, Burgers, Banh Mi and even frozen yogurt – The taco’s are always a favorite. And if you’re in the mood for a good value vegetarian feed, pick up a stool at Lentil As Anything. The ‘no set price’ allows customers to decide how much they want to pay/donate for their meal and its super tasty tucker too.
Last year I encountered a new and unique dining experience which is now thriving in its success. SCARF was created by a collective of hospitality professionals with the main concept being ‘borrowing’ restaurants and hospitality mentors to provide training for those who may struggle to find work. Now in its fourth year of business SCARF’s community is going from strength to strength. What I love most about this organization is that every step of the mentoring process is done whole heartedly and with some of the best in the business; from resume writing through to beer and cider tasting. These guys know what they’re doing.
Held at various venues across the city of Melbourne, the seasonal two-course dinners cost just $35. And believe me, it’s worth it. Not only is the food amazing, but the attentive and incredibly friendly staff are a testiment to their hands-on training. If you’re wanting to give something back to the community but unsure of how to do it, SCARF is definitely a tasty place to start.