05 Jul What’s Good Wednesdays: Chris Terlikar
Melbourne’s Best Restaurants Right Now, According to Melbourne’s Best Chefs and Pros, Every Wednesday.
Welcome Chef Chris Terlikar of your favourite meatery north of the river, Bluebonnet BBQ in Fitzroy North. If you’re wanting adventurous eating and to impress someone, Terlikar’s list is a must-have.
Why should you listen to Terlikar? His 20-year career started in fine dining at Michelin-star restaurant, PUBLIC, in New York, followed by a 12 week trip around Texas that revolutionised his style of cooking, guided by pit boss heavyweights Tom Micklethwaite and Evan LeRoy and 18-hour stints to make the perfect brisket. If you can’t make it to Bluebonnet, keep an eye out for his new food truck, Mabel, focusing on barbecue events with incredible chefs like Monique Fiso from Hiakai.
Bluebonnet is a household name to any and all barbecue aficionados, and chef Chris Terlikar a voice worth listening to.
Check his five best Melbourne restaurants right now in his What’s Good Wednesday List.
1. Carlton – NORA (Thai)
PERFECT FOR: Date Night / Impressing Out Of Towners / Adventurous
WHY: “Super creative, modern Thai cuisine. Tong Sarin is definitely pushing the boundaries and for a self-taught chef, he has incredible talent. I am actually a little jealous of how talented he is without having classical training. Nora’s unique look and take on modern Thai has attracted a lot of attention.“
GO-TO DISH: “Tom Yum extra egg ($2).”
2. Gembrook – THE INDEPENDENT (Argentinian)
Perfect For: Road Trip / $pecial Occa$ion / Celebrating
WHY: “Their food is next level. Whenever we have friends from overseas visit we take them to Gembrook, mainly to show them The Independent. It’s a beautiful, short drive from Melbourne that’s both a break from the daily grind and a retreat. Mauro Callegari and the team are gracious hosts with a talent for making us feel welcome. Callegari hails from Argentina and his menu is influenced by flavours of North African, Creole, and Spanish Cuisine. “
GO-TO DISH: “Terracotta Baked Provolone and chimichurri.”
3. Melbourne CBD – HAKATA GENSUKE (Japanese)
PERFECT FOR: Cheap Eats / Quick Bite / Dining Solo
WHY: “This is always my after-work go-to. I recently returned from a trip to Japan and Hakata Gensuke stands up against the big boys over there. If you want to beat the rush, get there before 5 pm or after 9 pm.”
GO-TO DISH: “Godfire Ramen and Chicken Karaage.”
4. Carlton North – BABAJAN (Turkish)
PERFECT FOR: Brunch / Take Away / Health Kick
WHY: “This is my go-to brunch spot. Babajan’s menu is fresh, healthy, innovative and changes regularly. If you’re on the run, their take away salads are killer.“
GO-TO DISH: “Sumac + Zatar-spiced Slow-cooked Ocean Trout, avocado, fatousche crumbs, tahini & Egyptian egg.”
5. Fitzroy – NOMADA (Spanish Tapas)
Perfect For: Breakfast / Brunch / Impressing Out Of Towners
WHY: “Nomada is Spanish breakfast tapas where Hammer and Tong used to be. They do a $35 set menu – great value for the quality of food they produce. Extra points for their fit out – I love it.“
GO-TO DISH: “Clacked Egg on burnt hay.”
That’s Chef Chris Terlikar of Bluebonnet BBQ, and this is What’s Good!
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