When Pho is Not Enough

Getting in the spirit of the recent ‘Pho Fever’ progressive dinner event, Sunshine on Food is featuring five classic Vietnamese street food dishes we feel are worth the trip to Hampshire Road. They’re not pho, but in Melbourne town – where pho seems to hog all the limelight – these dishes definitely deserve more of a look-in. Of course there are some days […]

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Elegant Ethiopian

Walia Ibex, 197 Hampshire Road, Sunshine It’s hard to believe I’ve passed by this restaurant so many times completely oblivious to the hidden gem that is the room upstairs –  surely one of Sunshine’s most pleasant spaces to enjoy a meal. Ethiopian cuisine is all about injera, and at Wali Ibex, the injera is good. This […]

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Ka-Pow

Ka Pies Bakehouse – 250 Hampshire Rd Sunshine From what I can remember, the best bit about primary school was Friday lunch orders. In the morning you wrote what you wanted on a brown paper bag and the bag came back at lunch time in a plastic laundry basket magically filled with something hot and way […]

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Dosa like a girl

Dosa Hut – 604 Barkly St, West Footscray A taxi driver told me recently that dosa and idly – two south indian favourites – are girls’  food, supposedly a kind of South Indian answer to  the quiche. The other gem passed on by this particular source, who happens to live in West Footscray, is that the […]

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Curioser and curioser

Ballan Farmers Market – 2nd Saturday of the month – 92 Inglis St, Ballan – gold coin entry Tin Plate Cafe,  1/132 Inglis street, Ballan About thirty seconds in Ballan is about enough to get the feeling you’re not in Melbourne any more, Toto, which makes it a grand destination for a road trip – especially since […]

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Mystery box Vietnamese

Hong Hung Asian Grocery – 302 Hampshire Rd, Sunshine If you’ve been to the Little Saigon market lately you might have noticed the many intriguing takeaway boxes stacked outside the fruit and veggie shops. In fact you’ll find boxes like these stacked on counters in most self-respecting Vietnamese-run grocery shops, mostly containing sweets, snacks and sticky rice of the […]

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Homestyle Sri Lankan

Jaffna Chef, 21 Sun Crescent, Sunshine A lot of places call themselves authentic but nowhere I’ve been to in recent time does it like Jaffna. This family-run Sri Lankan eatery in amongst the shopping strip that lies to the west of Sunshine Train Station, a quick dash from Platform 4 where trains hurtle through to Ballarat […]

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