Upmarket cheese is the main course in these fabulous Melbourne eateries.
Richmond Hill Café & Larder
Cool, old school fromagerie harbouring ‘barnyardy’ smells and maturing cheeses of varied shapes, sizes and origins. We love the Langres, a traditional soft cheese from the Champagne region, with orange-coloured squiggly rind, washed in champagne during the maturation process. The cheese staff here know their stuff. Order a picnic cheese hamper, or a cheese tower for a big occasion. 48–50 Bridge Road, Richmond; rhcl.com.au
Melbourne’s mozzarella Mecca – aficionados cross town for their fix of the best fiore di burrata and buffalo mozzarella this side of Roma. If you love fresh cheeses, this simple little shop is Italian formaggio heaven: cloud-like ricotta, pillows of mozzarella oozing cream, divine little diavoletti (smoked provolone stuffed with an olive and fresh chilli). The fresh cheeses are hand-stretched here daily – true artisan cheeses. 104 Elgin Street, Carlton; lalatteria.com.au
The Cheese Cave
A cave this ain’t – it’s light, bright and on a smart corner in ‘the Village’ (that’s Toorak, for out-of-towners). It has a wall of well-labelled fine cheeses and helpful staff. Sample the Colston Bassett Shropshire Blue: bright orange-coloured and unexpectedly creamy, like a mild Stilton. The Wyngaard Chèvre Affiné, a lovely waxy goat’s cheese from Holland is also delicious. 429 Toorak Road, Toorak; thecheesecave.com.au
Milk The Cow
It is a specialist fromagerie but well done and, like a good cheese, could mature into a Melbourne classic. See our recent review for a thorough run down. 157 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda. 03 9537 2225; milkthecow.com.au