I have to admit I know nothing of Armenian cuisine. An inland nation surrounded by Turkey, Georgia, Azebaijan and Iran, there are Middle Eastern and Mediterranean influences courtesy of its neighbours, but being an ancient culture, its cuisine has its own unique identity. The team behind The Black Toro introduced contemporary Armenian to Melbourne back in 2013, and their menu comes to the table courtesy of Head Chef Nick Cornell (ex-Ezard). Sezar is, quite literally, hidden away in a corner of a small laneway. Once you find it, you'll...

Opening in August last year, Roy Sassonkin and partner Natalie Powell (ex-Barry) set out to deliver vegetarian Israeli street-food in the middle of hipster Northcote. Originally from Tel Aviv, Sassonkin worked at Chin Chin, Hellenic Republic and the nearby Red Door Corner Store before settling into his own place. The setting is modest, with limited bar and counter seating around the periphery of the narrow eatery. We take a spot right at the kitchen, where we have the opportunity to watch our food being cooked, and the day's food...

Started by Abla Amad back in 1979, her family recipes help ensure an experience of authenticity and warmth. Still strong after over 35 years, Abla’s has become a Melbourne institution for homely and traditional Lebanese food. We visit in a group and have to take the banquet menu. It kicks off with plates of mixed dips. All the favourites grace the table, and the labnee, hummous and baba ghannouj is greedily scooped up with torn pieces of pita. ...