When it comes to dining, Melbourne's melting pot of cultures is reflected in the array of restaurants and cafés the city has to offer. Here are just a few recommendations from your hosts, these "local" suggestions are within easy walking distance:
For relaxed pub dining with a fine dining option and simple yet scrumptious menu, stroll 3 minutes (180 metres north) from Robinsons to The Hotel Spencer - 475 Spencer Street. Great local and international wine cellar and craft beers on-tap. This Melbourne icon is sure to impress.
A little further up Spencer Street is another great, gastro-pub, the Royal Mail on Spencer. It is at 519 Spencer Street - a 5 minute walk away (350 metres). Their famous themed "game meat" night on Wednesday puts an interesting spin on Aussie free-range game meats.
Sawai Thai traditional, creative and exotic Thai cuisine. Located at 357 Victoria Street, it's only a 12 minute walk away (800 metres).
In the same area is KL Bunga Raya Malaysian Restaurant, only a 13 minute walk (900 metres) from Robinsons at 34 Errol Street, North Melbourne. Experience all the flavours of Malaysian cooking, it is not fine dining, but it is authentic.
Exceptional Indian Cuisine is close by at Le Taj. This restaurant is only an 8 minute walk (500 metres) from Robinsons at 70-74 Rosslyn Street. Experience sophisticated Indian food and flavours.
We have some favourite restaurants in the city itself, including;
For irresistible Asian Cuisine, we highly recommend Gingerboy where south east Asian street food meets Melbourne style with a contemporary edge. Located in the CBD at 27 Crossley Street. Although, not next door to Robinsons, we definitely think it is worth the trip across the city, it's a 35 minute walk or an easy 15 minute taxi or tram ride (#86 down Bourke Street).
Grossi Florentino is Melbourne’s quintessential Italian restaurant. With a colourful history that spans more than a century and boasts an iconic reputation. Located at 80 Bourke Street (other end of the city from Robinsons - 35 minute walk or 15 minute taxi or tram ride - #86 down Bourke Street).
For an extravagant, unforgettable dining experience that cannot be created at home, we suggest Vue de monde. Modern French fine dining (with an emphasis on fine), Vue de monde is dedicated to the dining experience as a whole; from the sourcing of rare ingredients and an uncompromising approach to classical techniques, to a commitment to the very best in restaurant service. It does however come at a price, but well worth a visit for that special occasion, bookings must be made well in advance. Located at 430 Little Collins Street (a 20 minute walk from Robinsons or a 10 minute taxi or tram ride - #86 down Bourke Street).
For traditional Spanish fare you can go no further than the Movida restaurants. They are at two locations in the city. Movida Aqui Level 1, 500 Bourke St, Melbourne. (Access via Lt Bourke St), a 15 minute walk or 10 minute taxi/tram ride. The original Movida opened in 2003 at 1 Hoiser Lane (opposite Federation Square), you can walk there in 40 minutes or a 20 minute taxi or tram ride (#75 down Flinders Street).
Hardware Lane - tucked away between Queen and Elizabeth streets and crossing Little Bourke Street, the cobblestone lane way with its canopy of café umbrellas and flowering window boxes is where Melbourne’s café culture began. The precinct is popular with the cosmopolitan set who find it perfect for sipping coffee or chardonnay and watching the world go by. There are a multitude of dining options located on Hardware Lane and all just a 20 minute walk or 10 minute taxi or tram ride (#86 down Bourke Street) from Robinsons in the City.