Where to Find the Best Cheese Platters in Melbourne
There are few pleasures in life so simple yet so grand as a thoughtfully arranged cheese board, in all its tangy, crumbly, smooth, nutty iterations. And that’s before you get to the accoutrements, which can range from piquant pickles and fresh sourdough to lush figs and rich charcuterie. Next time you’re feeling like a pinot and plump wedge of double cream Brie, hit up these spots for the best cheese platters in town.
Welcome to the cheese-lover’s mecca – at this fromagerie, you’ll find over 180 local and imported varieties pining for your attention from a six-metre glass cabinet. The indulgences run plenty here: there’s fondue pots, baked camembert, and cheese flights paired with wine, beer, whisky and even saké. The crème de la crop board features five of their best and rarest slices accompanied by Spanish quince, muscatel clusters, fresh bread and house-made lavosh.
157 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda
323 Lygon Street, Carlton
This homey wine bar’s seasonally-changing menu always features a selection of cheeses from which you can build your own board – there might be a rich Benison blue, a soft Pont-l’Évêque or Swiss Gruyère. Accompaniments include quince and date paste, pear and rosemary chutney, bread and butter pickles and nut wafers. And of course, it goes without saying that they’ll have a perfect wine pairing to suggest.
1 Reid St, Fitzroy North
You can make a pretty impressive cheese plate at this intimate Richmond wine bar and bistro, starting the party with a nutty Comté, smooth Stilton and lush L’affine au Chablis. However, things really kick off when the raclette arrives – for the uninitiated, it’s Swiss cheese melted theatrically tableside over roast potatoes, peppers, rocket, pickles and jamon serrano.
213 Swan St, Richmond
A classy wine bar and bistro housed in a Victoria-era building: is there anywhere more appropriate to enjoy some fine cheese and charcuterie? Build your plate with sturdy Manchego, mould-ripened Monte Enebro and rich Brillat-Savarin, then jazz it up with grass-fed bresaola, truffle salami and 18-month aged prosciutto.
181 Bank St, South Melbourne
At this theatre-inspired CBD cocktail bar, put as many cheeses on your board as you think you can handle, with options including Milawa King River Gold, Tosi Gorgonzola Piccante, Brillat Savarin and an 18-month aged French Comte. If you can’t decide, put your fate in the hands of the Chef’s Plate, which secures you a selection of their best meats and cheeses plus parfait, terrine, pickles, chutney, lavosh and toasted sourdough.
169 Exhibition St, Melbourne
Although most of us naturally think to pair wine with cheese, Boilermaker House goes against the grain by pairing the good stuff with craft beers and whiskies instead – you’ll be pleasantly surprised to learn how well they bring out different flavour profiles. Go for a three, five or seven cheese board, with options to add on pate, pickles, and even fine jamon Iberico.
209-211 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
‘Mozzarella’ and ‘degustation’ are two words you probably never expected to see next to each other, but we promise that your life is better now that you have. And where can you partake in such a glorious thing? At well-loved pizzeria DOC, where in one delicious swoop you get to try Australian fior di latte, Italian buffalo mozzarella, and scarmoza, a lightly smoked mozza.
295 Drummond St, Carlton
135 Victoria Avenue, Albert Park
Listen to live jazz and drink cab savs produced by go-getting female winemakers at this inner CBD wine bar. Graze on a cheese plate filled with French varieties like Langres, Brillat-Savarin and Saint Géric, or go lush with a rack-melted raclette served over prosciutto, cornichons, kipfler potatoes and sourdough.
Basement, 37-41 Little Bourke St, Melbourne
This one’s for the vegans – no one should have to miss out on the unparalleled pleasure of a good cheese board, including those going plant-based. The considerate folks at wharf-side wine bar Bohemian offer board with non-dairy cheese – the range includes aged and smoky, ashed chèvre, Persian Feta and herb garlic boursin, served with fruit, quince paste, charcoal quinoa and sesame crackers.
35 Dukes Walk, South Wharf
You can take your time nibbling away at your cheeses at this cosy and welcoming ‘pre-loved books and wine bar’, where a catalogue of secondhand books and board games are available to entertain those both flying solo or with a group. Graze on an antipasto board with your choice of goats ricotta, Gruyère, Camembert, blue D’Auvergne and cheddar with fine black truffle.
315 Victoria St, West Melbourne
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