GOOD FOOD IN OUR HOOD
Collingwood, Melbourne, was once a rough and tough working class suburb - today it’s the home of many great cafes and bars and the Hand Combat HQ.
Here's some of our fave places to eat and drink in our hood. Our curate combines spots with great “food to go” options, have a humble vibe, are kind of off the beaten track and are affordable enough to eat at 9 times a week.
OXFORD LARDER (V)
A cosy cafe nestled in the back streets of Collingwood that serves great coffee breakfast, brunch & lunch - inclusive of an extensive Vegan menu that does not look like an after thought - it’s one of our lunch time faves - the gnocchi is insane. There’s also a selection of pantry items and convenient selection of gifts - for those days you run out of time - including Hand Combat. Located opposite a park - you can grab food to go then sneak in a little sunshine.
The dishes are Japanese staples with a twist. On the weekends arrive early or you’ll be waiting in line for a seat. Sitting in the restaurant watching it operate is an experience in itself. The owner has his methods down pat - it’s a lesson in how you can create a masterful business based on frugality. Genius!
RED SPARROW PIZZA (V)
Famous for killer plant-based wood fired pizza and a local craft beer. Hands down the best vegan pizzas in Australia. Vegans your taste buds no longer be bored - this place will make your mouth happy with all the incredible flavours. They also have gluten-free bases.
We love Xeoms contemporary take on Vietnamese - and the way at no point have they lost their authenticity, Our faves are the chicken or prawn coleslaw salads & their Phos. We could bang on for hours but to sum it up - the restaurant is emblazoned with neon lights that read “Pho king amazing” and we think that pretty much sums it up.
This hidden gem located directly opposite Hand Combat HQ serves Italian fare with a focus on seasonal & sustainably grown produce. Includes an incredible wine list (to go) and a carefully curated deli of fine cheeses & meats. Rosella is our go to on a Friday afternoon - to pick up knock off drinks & nibbles.