Sometimes it pays to venture outside Melbourne’s city grid and into its vibrant suburban pockets. Just 20km southeast of the city is Glen Waverley, a popular suburb known for its concentration of mouth-watering Asian restaurants to suit all budgets – with many hovering around the cheap and cheerful end of the scale.
When we think of BBQ in Australia, we tend to think of cooking a snag or prawn on the BBQ, and usually burning it too. But for Americans, BBQ means cooking low and slow, low heat and for a long time. Typically the meat is cooked at 115 – 145 degrees Celsius for many hours to break down the meat fibres. This method is known as smoking, and is being served at Piatella Café Bar in Glen Waverley.
Fresh spring flavours and European-inspired cooking come together at Piatella Café Bar, a popular icon on the bustling Kingsway precinct in Glen Waverley. Since opening in 2012, Piatella has been drawing foodies in with its dynamic Euro-centric menu and warm familial hospitality. Owned and operated by a Greek Australian family, Piatella draws its inspiration from a range of cuisines from across Europe. There is, however, a soft spot for French desserts.