Quality Hotel Downtowner on Lygon
66 Lygon Street
Melbourne, VI 3053
Phone: (61) 3 96635555
Fax: (61) 3 96623308
A Carlton staple, Jamaica House has gathered enthusiastic regular customers. This bright and friendly, popular restaurant showcases Jamaican cooking, an intriguing fusion of the many ethnic cultures which have been through the Caribbean. Adventurous meat-eaters can try the Jamaican delicacies Caribbean cooking is known for.
Casa Malaya offers a taste of traditional Malay cuisine. The atmosphere is cozy and friendly, with a mixed clientele. Fragrant curries like Laksa soups are worth a try.
Lygon Charcoal Grill and Steakhouse is a basic meat and potatoes kind of restaurant, with tasteful decor and traditional service. Popular with an older crowd for both business lunches and a social dinner with friends. Steak is the house specialty, and is served in many different ways. There is Steak in Garlic sauce, their own specialty Sarska Pljeskavica or the Pork Shashliks. You will not be disappointed.
Thai City Restaurant offers people a taste of Thai, as well as the city's local cuisine. The environment here is romantic, with oriental furniture and soft lighting. The most interesting dish served is Thai chargrill chicken with honey, garlic & lemon grass that goes well with red wine. The menu also caters to its vegetarian customers, offering a wide variety to choose from. Surprisingly, Thai City also features a dance floor!
Balti Cafe brings the rich, gourmet taste of India to Carlton. This cozy restaurant is decorated simply with framed pictures of India, embroidered wall hangings and draped fabric. From the tandoori oven try Chicken Tikka, boneless chicken marinated in spices and smoked and roasted over charcoal entree. Set your taste buds on fire with Prawns Vindaloo, or delight them with the more subtly spiced Mutter Paneer. The menu has an extensive vegetarian selection. Bring your own wine only. Balti Cafe also has a catering service for all occasions.
Some years ago, brothers Jamil and Jack took over the location previously occupied by the Da Salvatore crew. The pair has aimed to maintain the level of authentic Italian cuisine, also adding a few contemporary Italian dishes to the menu. For more details, call ahead.
Pasta Rustica offers a rustic experience of dining the Italian way. You can either enjoy your food near the fireplace set between the bricked walls, or in the vast alfresco dining areas. The furniture and the lighting in the dining area gives an Italian feel. To add more to its tradition, some walls are bare and others are decorated with the alfresco. The menu has something for everyone and all the food is freshly prepared. Among favorites, the seafood dishes, gnocchi with bocconcini are highly recommended.
This fast paced pizza, pasta, meat and seafood restaurant is right in the heart of the hustle and bustle of Little Italy. Customers at Il Gambero can dine out at the front, al fresco, or inside where the aroma of freshly baked pizza will stimulate appetites. Decoration is minimal, the atmosphere is provided by the sound of happy customers enjoying themselves. Try starting with the delicious oysters sicilian. Chase that with a fettuccine carbonara.
This well-established Melbourne restaurant has gained quite a reputation, but with good reason. Royal Thai cuisine served well is one of the world's most sumptuous and delectable eating experiences. Everything is done in good taste: the decor, food, service and the overall presentation. Lemongrass Thai successfully combines all elements that make a restaurant "grand". This is not the place for a quick pre-cinema meal. The menu is both traditional and modern. "Think green papaya salad", "blue swimmer crab" and "black & white sticky rice", all as exotic as it sounds. Be warned though, that fine dining does come with high prices. Check website for hours of operation.
Dracula's is one of Australia's most celebrated and longest running cabaret restaurants! Enjoy a night of entertainment where burlesque, contemporary music, comedy and quality dining are all in the one incredible venue. Dracula's two hour live production features some of Australia's most talented performers. The production changes annually and continues to 'wow' audiences with spectacular musical entertainment and visual special effects. This multi-award winning venue has wined, dined and horrified over 3 million guests from all over the world!
Via Veneto is right in the middle of a strip of Italian restaurants all with masses of outdoor tables and traditionally dressed waiters. The competition is so fierce, that each employs a spruiker to lure in potential diners.
Borsari cultivates an upmarket atmosphere, with crisp white tablecloths and attentive service. Dine al fresco and enjoy the people parade or sit inside the fully air-conditioned restaurant. Popular with visitors to the city and with businessmen. Choose from pasta (including vegetarian), risotto, meat or fish dishes such as Filet Mignon and baked snapper. Bring your own wine or champagne only.