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Good Food Guide 2024

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Victoria’s best regional restaurants of the year (plus great places to stay and make a weekend of it)

Looking for destination inspiration for your next road trip? The Age Good Food Guide’s Regional Restaurant of the Year finalists are a great starting point.

  • Emma Breheny
The namesake banh cuon at Xuan Banh Cuon in Sunshine.

20 under-the-radar restaurants the Good Food Guide critics can’t get enough of

From a wine bar in an industrial park to late-night spicy Korean street food, these are the spots our reviewers keep going back to.

  • Ellen Fraser, Emma Breheny and Good Food Guide reviewers
Terry Durack / The Empty Plate - Group Dynamics : Why is it that when 10 or more people get together at a large table, they immediately revert to kindergarten status? 
Illustration by Simon Letch

Finger clickers to bill splitters: These are the five worst types of restaurant diners

As we reveal the finalists for the Good Food Guide 2024 Oceania Cruises Service Excellence Award, we ask what makes a bad (or good) diner right now?

  • Jill Dupleix and Terry Durack
Best new restaurant nominees for the Good Food Guide - (left to right) Julieanne Blum and Stephannie Liu, chefs at Julie Restaurant, Abbotsford Convent.

Victoria’s New Restaurant of the Year finalists are...

From a four-seat sushi den to a fine diner in the former stock exchange, the Good Food Guide New Restaurant of the Year finalists are far from formulaic.

  • Dani Valent
Bar Bellamy in Rathdowne Street, Carlton.

The 30 best bars in Melbourne right now

A bevy of openings in the ’burbs prove that delicious drinking lies beyond inner-city limits.

  • Tomas Telegramma
Japanese souffle pancake with Nutella rice crisp at Clementine in South Melbourne.

Don’t make this at home: Here’s what’s trending on Melbourne cafe menus in 2023

There are only so many ways to smash an avo, but cafes do move with the times and bring the times with them. Here are some trends we’re noticing now.

  • Dani Valent
Mali Bakes’ new hole-in-the-wall in Fitzroy.

Eat cake and carry on at Melbourne’s 40 best cafes of 2023

Cavernous or cosy, hole-in-the-wall or hybrid wine bar, the best cafes are reliable, welcoming and always cheery.

  • Larissa Dubecki and Dani Valent
Gimlet’s burger is one of the best-value items on the menu.

These aren’t the cheapest dishes in Melbourne, but they’re some of the best value

From cold-cut loaded banh mi to a fine-dining burger, our Good Food Guide editors dish their favourite bang for buck meals.

  • Ellen Fraser & Emma Breheny
Smeg Young Chef of the Year finalist Stuart Teh.

The insiders’ guide to 47 great Melbourne food finds you probably didn’t know about (but should)

Meet The Age Good Food Guide’s Smeg Young Chef of the Year finalists and find out where they really go and what they really eat after a long night’s service.