posted on 06 Nov 19 | by Explore Bendigo

Warning! This blog will make you very hungry.

We’re pretty lucky in Bendigo to have such a great variety of international cuisine at our fingertips.  So when you get your next craving for the munchies, look no further than these tasty options to tempt your taste buds…

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Chinese cuisine has been a part of Bendigo since the gold rush.  It has since transformed to suit a more western palate but nevertheless we love it.  With Chinese restaurants and takeaway shops dotted all over Bendigo and offering a mix of traditional and westernised dishes, here’s a couple of our top picks.

House of Khong offers numerous Asian cuisines but Chinese is their specialty.  This family favourite is great for groups, offers all you can eat lunch and dinner services and you’re always met with a friendly smile from owner Jeannie.

Imperial Palace is another Bendigo favourite for mouth-watering Chinese food full of flavour with an extensive menu and banquet options available to share with family and friends in a relaxed atmosphere.

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No Greek feast is complete without feta, baklava or a Greek salad.  And these businesses will not disappoint.  

Bay Leaf Food Store is a family owned and run Greek café bringing a wide range of fresh and homemade Greek dishes made with love.  Be sure to keep an eye out on their ever-changing sweet treats, they’ll only leave you wanting more!

Bendigo is also home to its very own Greek souvlaki bar, mr nicks and sister restaurant FOS Kitchen & Bar.  So whether you’re after tasty Greek street food or a beautiful restaurant with a view, we’ve got you covered.

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Who doesn’t love Italian?  It’s pretty much a staple for most Aussie families.  Endless bowls of pasta and cheesy pizza topped with beautiful produce…yes please!

If you’re looking for a quaint little Italian eatery offering wholesome pasta dishes and barista coffee, look no further than Borchelli Ristorante in the heart of the arts precinct on View Street.  Expect to see traditional checkered table cloths, walls covered in family photos and great service.  

For over 40 years, Clogs have been a Bendigo dining institution.  Firstly, they’re family friendly with an extensive kids menu and not only that, your little ones can make their very own pizza dough sculptures while you wait for your meal. Secondly, they’re iconic for their late night dining on Friday and Saturdays. 

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Malayan Orchid offers a cuisine blend of perfect Asian techniques and culinary adventure compliments to their chef, Bobby Yam.  Their modern dining and cuisine incorporates innovative game meats such as crocodile, kangaroo, emu, alpaca, venison and more.  It’s a must do experience.

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When it comes to Spanish food, eating tapas is a common factor.  So instead of having one large meal, you can enjoy several different dishes in smaller portions shared between family and friends. Yum!

El Gordo is a quirky hole in the wall experience located in Bendigo’s iconic Chancery Lane offering a Spanish experience from day to night.  This popular meeting place offers coffee and café bites by day to a selection of conservas and tapas, paella nights and local wines, craft beers and ciders by night.
Whether you’re looking to cater for a group big or small or its perhaps its date night, GPO has got you covered with their relaxed dining and cool vibe.  Enjoy a selection of tapas, Spanish and Mediterranean cuisine or if you’re after a girls night, they have a great range of cocktails to enjoy in their plush mezzanine lounge.

Located in a quirky laneway, Sangria Spanish Tapas Bar offers an authentic selection of Spanish dishes to Bendigo featuring amazing local produce straight from their family farm.  Our favourite is the chef’s selection and their churros are a must!

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Thai is fast becoming a new family favourite with plenty of sweet, creamy and mild dishes to cater for everyone, plus there are more options than ever before now available in Bendigo.

Enjoy fine Thai dining with Bunja Thai in an amazing Vahland building.  Operating on a grand scale in a heritage bank building, enjoy their famous $10 lunch specials or delicious authentic Thai by night.

Alternatively, Piyawat are based in a cosy converted house in a relaxed dining atmosphere, and another favourite of locals wanting an authentic Thai experience.


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