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The humble T-shirt sits at the crossroads of fashion crime. Look left and you’re the perpetrator; look right and you’re the victim. Consider the notion that the right or wrong T-shirt can make or break an outfit, a night, a relationship(!) and you’ll agree that getting dressed has never been so fraught.
It’s probably not worth wondering why somebody set up an outdoor Indonesian cafe inside a mechanic’s garage. Maybe they planned to make a car-themed restaurant but fell short, or over-succeeded in creating a food-themed car park. You can ask them if it bothers you so much. The important thing is you’ve found some of the tastiest Asian dining within walking distance of the University of Melbourne.
Whether you’re sitting at one of the coveted sidewalk tables or in the cosy, nostalgic dining room, this old-school Lygon Street trattoria will have you speaking Italian, or wishing you could. There may be no real surprises on the Tiamo menu, but for well-cooked, home-style classics, this is your piazza. A hearty minestrone or fresh bruschetta make great starters, best followed with a serve of classic pasta napoli, bologna or a rustic lasagne. A range of simply topped pizzas will also satisfy most tastes, and the classic chicken and veal dishes are rich and tender. Service and waiting times for dishes may vary during the busier periods, but a cheap carafe of chianti will tide you over until you’re served by the Italian waitstaff. Tiamo is a real local favourite, so be prepared to wait for a table, or try your luck at Tiamo 2 next door.
The flagship Don Don on Swanston Street in Melbourne is indeed an institution, but one serious shortcoming is that you can’t linger over your food for lack of space. But the success of Don Don means the fourth in the franchise,
Don Tojo in Carlton, provides the space that the others cannot. Located in a former warehouse, now bedecked with murals, Don Tojo’s proximity to the universities and student housing means it is in large part a student hangout, but it is not some grungy student dive.
The menu is short, with just ten choices, ranging from rice (don) to noodle soups (udon). The bento boxes are generously served and come with palate-cleansing fruit accompaniments. The service is as fast as at the Don Don you know and love, and at just $4 a pop the city’s cheapest Asahis will have you lingering for more.
It’s a favourite hangout of Melbourne Uni students, but there are good reasons to visit Animal Orchestra long after the halcyon days of your youth have passed: the legendary baked eggs, daily fresh soups with sourdough and reliable little antipasto menu that’s ripe for the picking before taking in one of the university’s free public lectures. Set in a converted Victorian terrace, this place is a squeeze full of charm. The walls are covered in a pastiche of old National Geographics – long after you’ve left uni it’s still fun to spot the nudes – and the souvenir teaspoons are an endearing touch. The free wireless internet has made the place something of an office refuge for academics. The evening tapas menu is basic but tasty: marinated olives and mushrooms, eggplant cannelloni, and anchovies with feta are delicious accompaniments for one of the local wines on the list and a sophisticated addition to a uni favourite.