Early in 2015, The Good Food guide predicted what food and drink trends Melbournians would be enjoying this year.
Now, that we are at the end of 2015 (can you believe it?!) we thought we would take stock and see what we have actually been chowing down. Were the Good Food Guide on to something?
Predicted trend: Heirloom tomatoes
Heirloom tomatoes do certainly seem to be everywhere! Whether it be at your local brunch spot atop a thick piece of sourdough toast, or roasted in bunches alongside a slow cooked roast lamb, people are crazy for them. And not always just the traditional red tomatoes, but also gold and green varieties too.
Predicted trend: Kimchi
Between the rise of Asian restaurants in the city like Chin Chin, Kong, Rice Paper Scissors and Lucy Liu, Kimchi as an ingredient has enjoyed a big rise in popularity. The fermented pickled cabbage can be enjoyed as a basting for various meats or as a stand-alone condiment. But however you have it, it packs a punch of flavour.
Predicted trend: Smokey, charcoal meat
Meat cooked over a smokey open flame…. Mmm! Who doesn’t love a good American BBQ style meat, whether it be brisket, ribs or anything else in that vein. Meatmother and Meatmaiden and a whole host of other places serving up ribs and wings certainly seem to validate this trend.
Predicted trend: Burgers
While this may not strictly have been a trend observed this year, it certainly isn’t slowing down. Every other day a new boutique burger joint crops up- and it is not only in the city now, but also in the suburbs. It has made ingredients like brioche buns and Gruyere cheese commonplace- this is a trend that we don’t see slowing any time soon and frankly, we couldn’t be happier about it.
Predicted trend: Banh mi
Between the delicious Vietnamese noodle soup known as pho and the rise of the irresistible Vietnamese roll, Banh mi, it seems as though this south east Asian cuisine is taking over Melbourne. Everywhere you turn, corner stores as selling these rolls like hotcakes to hungry and thrifty office-workers at lunchtime, in pork, chicken or other popular varieties.
Predicted trend: Peppers
With tapas and Spanish food gaining popularity over the past few years, it is no surprise that peppers are at the forefront of our minds and palettes. Stuffed with cheeses, sweetly slow roasted with meats or simply marinated on an antipasto platter, these tasty morsels aren’t going anywhere.
What are the biggest food trends you have enjoyed so far in 2015?