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Great eating in melbourne and surrounds

Having just spent a couple of weeks in Victoria I thought I'd share some of my favourite restaurants and cafes for good eating with great healthy gourmet options. Starting in Melbourne the Eat Smart team ate at San Telmo a laneway Argentinian restaurant in the CBD after up-skilling at the  the Sports Dietitians Australia conference. With healthy grilled protein options (meats, poultry, fish and seafood) and very interesting side dishes to complement the meal, this really hit the spot. A new favourite for me, especially for breakfast, is Borsch Vodka and Tears a very cool Polish cafe in Prahran with fantastic baked eggs and excellent coffee. Also to be recommended is Classico, the small Italian restaurant attached to The Blackman Art Series hotel in St Kilda Rd. Moving to Queenscliffe I ate at Athelstane House, a small b & b establishment with a small but varied menu for both dinner and breakfast, plus a cozy lounge room in which to enjoy a glass of local wine. Lorne beckoned next where Cuda Bar provided some live music plus a nice food selection. The chicken with corn, zucchini, smoked tomato and harissa was particularly tasty. A ferry across to the Mornington Peninsula allowed for some excellent wine tasting in beautiful countryside and some standout eating venues. For breakfast/lunch I recommend Merrick's General Store - especially the house baked salmon with poached eggs on sourdough. For dinner, the Deck at the Flinders Hotel provided a relaxed meal with the Arancini plus a side of Morroccan salad taking my eye. From there to the Yarra Valley for more excellent wines plus a meal at the historic Healesville Hotel. We arrived there for 'roast night' with tender slow cooked lamb shoulder plus a mass of vegetables and salads with fresh herbs on the side that left no room for the thought of dessert. We like the place so much that we returned the next morning for breakfast at their Harvest cafe and were not disappointed! Enjoy

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