Upon touching down at Tullamarine airport, I made my way to the CBD and checked into my hotel, which is just a stone’s throw away from Victoria Market. After a long haul flight, I’m absolutely famished, and hankering for some comfort food. With that, I’d went for Souvlaki’s at Stalactites, one of the various institutions in Melbourne, which is also conveniently open 24/7.
The restaurant had a recent makeover, albeit the signature stalagtites on the ceiling remains unchanged. Waiters were their typical apathetic selves, and I promptly ordered a lamb giros souvlaki, and a lemon lime bitters. The dish is still pretty consistent albeit could use a dash more salt, but I loved the accompanying tzatziki salad, which balanced out the heavy, juicy lamb. Eating it wasn’t pretty, with chunks of salad and meat falling out as I attempted, but failed miserably at unwrapping it with the grace and skill of a rhinoceros. But frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn.
After satiating my carnivorous cravings, I decided to go for a Gelato night cap. Much to my disappointment, the moment I arrived at Il Dolce Freddo, it was already closing time! Instead, I walked across the street to grab one more Iced Chocolate at Koko Black, before they too closed shop. It was as I had always remembered it, rich and soothing as ever, and I could finally go back to the hotel, a happy bunny.
It seems incredibly surreal, to be walking down this path once again. It has been 6 years since I’d left this city, and some aspects of it remains unchanged, but I’m sure to uncover many more secrets as I explore the city that I once knew, but has sinced evolved. And while I’m at it, I’ll probably be needing bigger pants.
Stalactites 177/183 Lonsdale St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Koko Black 167 Lygon St, Melbourne VIC 3053