Melbourne's Most Underrated Meals! 😋

Hear ye, all ye food enthusiasts! This is the true foodie test!

You’ve got to be hungry for more than just what’s “in” and what’s “popular”. We’re digging deeper into the magnificent world of food to uncover the hidden gems people simply NEED to know about 💎


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The multi-award winner of ‘Australia’s favourite Italian’. They’ve got a range of dishes from steaks & burgers, to seafood & salads, and now they're serving breakfast! Not to forget their impressive decor - last I checked, they have Ducati motorbikes and giant Nutella jars casually on display INSIDE their restaurants.

Famous For: Super Long Pizzas. I mean, have you SEEN their crazy THREE-metre wood fire pizzas available in over FORTY variations?

Liven Loves: The Nutella Lasagne. It’s layered sponge with nutella ALL OVER, and Criniti’s mascarpone cream topped with fresh strawberries. Heaven on earth.


They’ve even got a signature cocktail called Sourpuss that’s PINK with FAIRY FLOSS. The drink itself is Absolut raspberry & vanilla syrup with a twist of lemon and grapefruit juice. Get on it!



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They’re bounds ahead of any Laksa in Melbourne, so you can let yourself be WOWed by the authentic Malaysian cuisine!

Famous For: Laksa Mee Goreng, Nasi Lemak Merah, Soft Shell Crab Laksa

Liven Loves: Their Seafood Char Kway Teow. Delicious stir fried flat rice noodles topped with crunchy beansprout, eggs, chives and the chef’s special dark soy sauce for just $16.9 (That’s $3.38 earned with Liven!)



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Known for its gorgeous interior design and premium quality coffee, you can tell a lot from its name. Au and 79 are the respective chemical symbol and atomic number for gold, and it trickles right down into their menu. Boasting freshly baked goods, fusion foods and coffee blends from around the world, AU79 is worth your visit!

Famous For: The White Forest Waffle

Liven Loves: The Autumn menu’s Chorizo Pappardelle. For some, it could be your very first time trying pappardelle pasta (’twas mine!) and it just exceeded my expectations. Topped with chorizo, red peppers, croutons, egg yolk and Grana Padano cheese, your stomach will thank you later! Their baked goods and cakes are definitely worth checking out too.



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Three One 2 One’s the perfect spot for cheat day with friends! Think monster shakes and massive burgers — YUM. Plus, their iconic Rhinoceros mural is much more than just a design, as the business sends money overseas each year for the preservation of these majestic creatures!


Famous For: Kick Ass Mac N Cheese Burger, Ghetto 2.0 Burger, The Crown Burger

Liven Loves: The Big Mouth. Not one but TWO beef patties, smoked cheese, bacon, potato gems, pickles, jalapeño mac n cheese sauce AND their signature 3121 sauce on a gorgeous RED hot brioche bun. Talk about your loaded huxtaburger.



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Gramercy Social serves up Americana style comfort food with a no-fuss, laid back attitude. Inspired by New York City and open 6.30am till late - plus WiFi - this could be your all-day, every day hangout with family and friends.

Famous For: The Soho Burger

Liven Loves: Our very own Kristen from Social raves about the Raspberry and White Choc Martini in her staff picks blog! It’s got Absolut vanilla, white crème de cacao, pressed lime, raspberry puree, pineapple juice and egg white swirled together in the mix. Pick your poison!


Box Hill
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Among the Asian eateries at Box Hill Central, Platform 3 stands out completely as the innovative brunch spot that offers coffee in a cone and Black Eggs Benedict on a charcoal croissant.

Famous For: The Black Benedict


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Liven Loves: The Pandan Pancakes. It's a secret dish that's not on the menu, but it's not so secret anymore! 😋 Imagine the fluffiest pandan hotcakes, pandan filled meringues, honeycomb bits, edible flowers, and lots of pandan sauce, served with the most amazing ice cream.



South Yarra
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We’ve got our very own Little Tokyo right here in South Yarra. With coloured bun burgers in bento boxes, spiked bubble cups, Mario Kart 64, dry ice spas and karaoke - this Japanese biker-inspired burger bar is totally built for big kids. Plus, all-you-can-eat gyoza!

Famous For: Boozy Bubble Cups

Liven Loves: The Road Rage Burger. Sliced MS7 wagyu with flavour that packs a punch on a red hot beetroot bun. Pair your burger with some alcoholic bubble tea and you’re all set for a good night!


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Looking for a sweet spot for after work drinks? Bomba’s the best of Spanish food and booze, with great wines and gluten-free tapas to die for. And to top it off, a rooftop bar!

Famous For: Seafood Paella with blue grenadier, prawns, calamari, mussels and saffron

Liven Loves: The Crispy Spiced School Prawns with lemon and aioli. Tender and juicy with the perfect amount of spice!


That’s all for now, now go get ‘em with Liven Pay!