The ten best places to eat around Acland Street St Kilda

1. Bala’s
Unbelievably good curries, samosas and curry puffs. Also has a fridge full of lassis and iced green tea. Best to takeaway and eat on the beach with a friend so you can pinch some of theirs when you finish yours. I can’t go past the chicken curries.


2. Cicciolina
One of Melbourne’s best restaurants. Get there early and go to the back bar for a drink, because they don’t take bookings. If they’ve got the blue swimmer crab soufflé on the menu, order it. Trust me.

3. Claypots
You can’t book here, so make sure you arrive early. This is not the place for people who don’t eat seafood. Fortunately, I am not one of these people. Order one of the fantastic platters of fish (it’s supremely fresh) and a couple of claypots crammed with all kinds of goodies (I like the Moroccan ones). In summer, try and get a table in the courtyard out the back.

4. Edelweiss
Great deli with a display of salads in the window that make me press my face up against the glass and drool shamelessly every time I walk down Acland St. This place was one of my first food discoveries when I moved to Melbourne in the late 90s, so it will always have a special place in my heart.


5. Clamms Fast Fish
The window displays at Clamms used to be really cool, with eels doing battle with huge tunas and that kind of thing. However they tamed them back a couple of years ago, which is a bit of a shame. But the fish and chips are still good. Eat ’em on the beach with your feet in the sand.

6. Scheherezade
You can’t go past Scheherezade for nanna-style nostalgia. This place even has that gold-printed velour wallpaper that my grandparents had in their “good room”. The schnitzels are so big they flop off the side of the plate, and the matzo ball soup is chock-full of home-cooked goodness.

7. Krua Thai
Great Thai takeaway, and they deliver in the local area. I lived around St Kilda for several years, and this was always my first choice for a quick home delivered meal.

8. Gruner’s
For traditional European meat and sausages, head to Gruner’s Butcher. Between the ham hocks hanging from the ceiling and the Polish wedding sausage (yes, you heard me right) it’s a little piece of the old country right here in Melbourne.

9. Greasy Joe’s
The ultimate hangover greasy breakfast joint. Can’t go past the standard fry-up. Bring your sunglasses and St Kilda attitude.

10. 7 Apples
Finish on a high note with a gelati from 7 Apples. This gelati is almost on par with the tiramisu gelati for which I changed hotels while in Manarola, Italy (my original hotel was just too far from the gelateria). 7 Apples makes all their icecream from seasonal ingredients. Go in summer though – they close for winter.

8 comments on The ten best places to eat around Acland Street St Kilda

  1. Ellie
    August 6, 2006 at 1:23 am (13 years ago)

    I’ve got to admit that I rarely trek down St Kilda way (no car, and public transport is a nuisance) but seafood + claypot = yum! Will have to make the effort to check it out :)

  2. Andrew
    August 11, 2006 at 4:48 pm (13 years ago)

    Phew – until I got to number 10 I thought you’d forgotten dessert!!!

    How about 2nd dessert? Acland Cake Shop :-)

  3. The Old Foodie
    August 12, 2006 at 9:23 am (13 years ago)

    Hello Lady Lunchalot – I have just discovered you, and am delighted to find another Aussie blog with some food history content!

  4. Garrulous-Gourmet
    August 13, 2006 at 3:45 pm (13 years ago)

    What about soulmama? Cathy Maguire’s food is sensational & the view is pure St Kilda.GG

  5. ben
    November 16, 2006 at 10:13 pm (13 years ago)

    i think topolinos could have got a mention. the food is not all that great but its been around forever and its kinda that place you go when you’re drunk.

    i also like how the waiters are generally grumpy.

    altho since the refurb it has lost its charm. :(

  6. Lady Lunchalot
    November 17, 2006 at 6:29 am (13 years ago)

    Topolinos has been refurbished? That’s a shame. It did have a lovely clunky charm about it. That was the first place O and I ever had pizza!

    And GG, yes, Soulmama’s is great. That has been some of the best veg food I’ve ever eaten, and is the kind of place you can even take a dyed-in-the-wool carnivore like me.

  7. Zo
    December 22, 2007 at 6:07 pm (12 years ago)

    Hey LLA,
    Just before I left Melbourne, went to claypots and ate stingray for the first time. Gorgeous and slightly sweet. Feel bit bad about it now that I am in such close contact with them so I am back on the lentil bandwagon. xx

  8. Rara
    July 1, 2009 at 7:34 pm (10 years ago)

    I agree with your comment about St Kilda Attitude: re:

    9. Greasy Joe’s
    The ultimate hangover greasy breakfast joint. Can’t go past the standard fry-up. Bring your sunglasses and St Kilda attitude

    Have you seen how disgusting st kilda beach gets, so called attitude there.. the place is very very disgustingly rubbished on weekends.


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