19 Apr What’s Good Wednesdays: Angie Giannakodakis
Melbourne’s Best Restaurants Right Now, According to Melbourne’s Best Chefs and Pros, Every Wednesday.
For those who’ve ever dined where Giannakodakis is steering the ship, you’ll know she’s largely responsible for the magic. At both Epocha and Elyros, creating a warm, inviting atmosphere that flips your forgettable day on its head has become their calling card. So it’s no surprise to us that after 28 years in hospitality, she knows what she likes, she knows what diners like and she knows what works. Team this with her habit of dining out anytime she gets a night off “to support those who support (her)” and you’ve got someone with an arsenal of venues perfect for any occasion to pull the trigger on. This is the kind of person we at Hood Food Guide love and think should be the first asked when it comes to choosing where to eat. She’s dedicated her life to food – why would you listen to anyone else?
The vibe of Giannakodakis’ list? Cultural and legit. From China and Japan to Turkey and Italy, her list of Melbourne’s best restaurants is for when you’re hanging for a truly authentic international dining experience that doesn’t subscribe to trends or fads.
If you want to get cultural, Angie’s venues are a must. If you can’t get in there, keep this list close.
Check out Pro Angie Giannakodakis’ five best Melbourne restaurants right now in her What’s Good Wednesday List.
1. Melbourne CBD – LING NAN (Chinese)
PERFECT FOR: Midnight Munchies
WHY: “After a log night and you need to reconnect that’s the place to be.”
GO-TO DISH: “Pippies in XO.“
2. Balaclava – TULUM (Turkish)
Perfect For: Adventurous Eating
WHY: “The impact Tulum has had on me is in reconsidering my view on a culture I had been suspect to. I found warmth and meaning, which lead me to discover a presence of love and childhood memories in every bite. Tulum is emotive and ephemeral, making food connections that are completely honest and real.”
GO-TO DISH: “Degustation.”
3. Richmond – ANCHOVY (Asian-Australian)
PERFECT FOR: Getting Cultural
WHY: ““Anchovy does what most Asian-inspired restaurants should do. Their dishes are proud and make you feel guilty for not travelling on foot for days before eating them. They’re loaded with a crisp, torturous balance of zest and flavour with a delicate touch here and there to remind you why this food should be savoured.”
GO-TO DISH: “Choose a plate.”
4. South Yarra – ORITA’S (Japanese)
PERFECT FOR: Date Night
WHY: “Japanese old school food that has modest precision and depth. Orita’s knows how to pour soul into dishes and liven up the regular go-to dishes, which then become extraordinary. Can’t be found easily and not trending, which is great for me.”
GO-TO DISH: “If I showed you a picture, you would think it was alive, so no….”
5. Melbourne CBD – ANY OF THE GROSSI RESTAURANTS (Italian)
Perfect For: Impressing Out Of Towners
WHY: “They’re consistent and has always been a favourite. You’ve got Grossi Florentino, Ombra, and Merchant to choose from.“
GO-TO DISH: “Carlos Grossi..!”
That’s Pro Angie Giannakodakis and this is What’s Good!
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