Now for those new to Melbourne or transients Prahran hosts some contemporary hot spots. There is certainly something for everyone whether you are shopping for your special salt block or new cook book (their selection is superb and I purchased two for family members) in The Essential Ingredient (next to Prahran market). Or, if you are looking to mix with the locals, in Prahrans’ sophisticated Greville Street full of alternative eatery’s and bars. Recently I tried the White Oaks Saloon, named after a town in New Mexico, for a sundowner session and just loved being transported into a western set drinking out of tin mugs and having my taste buds delighted with the yummy shrimp tacos. My cocktail was named appropriately Tru American Pie containing Tru Vanilla Vodka, Cloudy Apple Juice, Bar Keep Bitters Apple and a sprinkling of cinnamon on top — wow chaps this one is a must and especially as was a real taste of Christmas (in October–but hey we are all on countdown). Price for 1 beer, 1 cocktail, 1 sample plate with extra taco = $46
Next I headed off to Ladro for of course a glass of Prosecco and Puttanesca Pizza (the closest I have found yet that compares to some dear Italian friends of mine that introduced me some time ago to a home cooked version that was to die for). It was great shooting the breeze with anyone that should stop at my rather comfortable couch. I was rather impressed to learn later that the owner had been waiting on us and learned from one of his waiting staff that this establishment was very eco-friendly and they do an assortment of things to assist the environment (always a good sign when the staff enthuse). Oh, and the Nutella Bomboloni is a must try (not just for the kids this amazing fried doughnut was full of Nutella and a signature dish of Ladro. They do a lot of special events: one on the horizon is a Masterclass on beers which made my hubby take note (yes for $55pp you can enjoy 5 beers and 5 dishes) wow. Can’t wait to try their brunch which I hear is also good value —another weekend perhaps. Price for 2 drinks, 1 pizza and 1 dessert = $49.50
Then I headed for a wander around some side streets and came across David’s Restaurant named after the owner David Zhou. It is an exceptional upmarket Chinese full of the trendy set in a tucked away side street. They pride themselves on their many awards which are strewn around the walls. Their salt and pepper bean curd is a must try and their 5 spice beef with pumpkin was a hit for us great with some jasmine rice. Then we had to have a sample of their retro dessert of Banana fritters which they certainly did well. Not bad pricing with tea for 2 which came out at $57.