11 Oct Hood Food Guide: Windsor – Snapshot
Hungry in Windsor? Today, the suburb hosts a broad collection of the city’s best spots to eat and drink. In fact, it’s rather hard to find somewhere that misses the mark.
We went straight to Nick Coulter to show us the best eats in Windsor, a neighbourhood not only backed by proud locals, but catching the eye of many Melbourne foodies. Coulter is part owner of three restaurants putting Windsor on the culinary map; Hanoi Hannah, Saigon Sally and his latest, Tokyo Tina. He’s also a longtime Windsor local.
Coulter took the time to show us around – watch his episode, or check out our snapshot below of what the best venues in Windsor have to offer.
Why: It’s the benchmark for cafes in Windsor and has changed the game down there. You’ll find the industrial and sophisticated meets laid back and well fed look common over Melbourne now, but Journeyman was one of the first, and in this neighbourhood it really sticks out. Of course the coffee is always good (Dukes Coffee Roasters), their communal tables work well and the service is consistent.
Eat: Toasted Waffles and the Beetroot Cured Salmon. In your active wear.
Getting There: Let’s hope the parking gods are on your side if you’re trying to score a spot on Chapel Street. One hour parking, if you find it, and inspectors down this way mean it. If you’re taking PT, Tram 6 to Glen Iris goes right over to High and Chapel Streets. Or take the train to Windsor or Prahran.
03 9521 4884
Why: The servings are big and delicious. Look at the size of the sandwiches. Small and welcoming, this corner shop is known for dishing out inspired comfort food and Melbourne-renowned baked goods.
Eat: Number 2- Chicken, Bacon, Avocado Sandwich. Locals rave about the Jerked Chicken Sandwich, too. But the cookies. Oh the cookies. They’re sold at 43 venues around the city and go through about 2000 per week. Very legit.
Getting There: You can walk there easily from Chapel or High. If you drive, parking on the side streets can be OK, but watch out for trigger-happy inspectors. The 6 tram goes down Chapel St and High St where you can walk easily, or take the train to Windsor or Prahran.
03 9529 3001
Why: The owner, Thierry Cornevin, is the local authority on European cooking. The experience he provides is an experience. You’re guaranteed to see him in action any day of the week except Saturday. But really, come for the true French bistro experience, and the best Steak Frites this side of the Louvre. Great date spot, even if it’s in “Toorak Tractor Territory” and not your Windsor comfort zone.
Eat: Le Steak Frites (it’s that juicy pic at the top), Oysters (freshly shucked and still rooted to their shell!), and the Steak Tartare.
Getting There: We won’t lie to you. Trying to park on Malvern is a bitch with clearway zones when you want to eat. There’s some paid parking spots close by in Toorak Place or Jackson Street. Tram 34 to South Yarra goes past Williams Road/Malvern Road. If not, you’re close to Hawksburn train station. If you’re on a date, treat yourself and your guest to an Uber, because you’re going to Thierry’s!
03 9824 0888
Why: All Rev’s stories aside, very, very few venues can pull off what Tan’s does; a mix of beats, grunge and exceptional Thai. What they’re selling isn’t just the menu– it’s a package, a quintessential Windsor & Melbourne experience. Tan’s doesn’t lie in the shadow of its famous clubbing older brother. It’s stands tall on the second floor of the Prahran venue in its own right, serving up some of the best authentic and fusion Thai food on Chapel Street.
Eat: Chicken Tapioca Dumplings, Lamb Penang Curry, Betel Leaf Salad with Smoked Trout….and Five Spice Chicken named after the Colonel.
Getting There: There’s one hour free parking in Chapel Precinct but it’s strictly enforced so check the signs. There’s Safeway parking across the road and some decent room on the side streets. Tram 6 to Glen Iris rolls right past the front door, and the Prahran station is super close with Windsor station a walk.
03 9521 5985
Why: It’s a tropical speakeasy, the Narnia of Chapel Street, located through the cool room door of Boston Sub on Chapel Street. The hidden door is too 1920s prohibition to ignore. You’ll come for the secret and stay for the rum. They’ve got it all, from the poison for those on a budget to the finer things, and they mix it up to Melbourne standards of craft cocktails.
Drink: Zombie. So. Much. Rum. And. Fresh. Juice. God. Damn.
Getting There: Again, it’s on Chapel so parking is vicious but as it’s on the other side of High St, it’s less hectic at night. You are going to a bar, though, so don’t drink and drive; get an Uber. Tram 6, again, rolls right past the front door whilst the Windsor and Prahran train stations are walking distance.
96 Chapel Street, Windsor VIC 3181
03 9943 7653
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Words by Rebecca Bellan.