Walk Local, Taste Global
Until the 1960’s thousands of 'New Australians' arrived by ship, mainly from Europe and disembarked in Port Melbourne. They brought with them their heritage and wonderful varied and tasty cooking skills with delicious exotic smells. This eclectic mix of food and culture can still be found in Port Melbourne.
On Saturday 5th March a very successful and enjoyable Progressive Walking Tour took place. This was an initiative supported by the Port Melbourne Business Association. Four Bay Street restaurants showcased their different cuisines and flavours.
The two groups of 20 began their tour at the Town Hall. The first stop was at the Komeyui Restaurant where a beautifully presented selection of Japanese delicacies was sampled. The tour then moved on to Spice Avenue to try some Indian cuisine. The owner, Sarita Rahal addressed the groups. With over 30 years experience as a restaurateur she explained how she matches traditional flavours and spices used in Indian cuisine to suit a contemporary and more modern palate. From here it was a short walk along the road to Pizzingrillo, an Italian restaurant with a different twist. Renato is striving to produce organic and fresh Italian cuisine. It is a family affair with his mother cooking pasta and his father growing fresh produce.
Finally, a delicious dessert of chocolate filled dumplings and coffee/tea were served across the road at the consistently good and popular Croatian Restaurant, Dalmatino’s.