What is the first thing that pops into your mind when you think of Australia? It’s different for everyone because the country is famous for so many things. That being said, I doubt lots of people associate it with delicious food.

If you’ve been to Melbourne recently you’ll know it’s about to change. The restaurants in the city keep improving with each passing year. Do you have any idea what kind of dishes are being celebrated? Here are a few you’ll need to try in the future.

1. Emu Pie

Emu meat contains almost zero fat and cholesterol, plus it’s got a lot more iron than you’ll find in beef. Emu pie is filled with smoked emu, feta cheese, red wine, sun-dried tomatoes, onion, Tasmanian black pepper, and comes in a crispy pastry.

2. Fish and Chips

Australia is one of the only countries in the world where you’ll find a breathtaking plate of fish and chips. One of the reasons it’s so good is because it’s home to tasty fish. Once you add the salt, lemon, and sauce people eat so much they can’t walk.

3. Beef and Vegetable Soup

Beef and vegetable soup looks like a simple offering at first glance, but restaurants know how to give it their very own personal touch. It’s unlike lots of soups because it keeps your belly warm and full in winter. Even the food manufacturers in Melbourne strive to create the tastiest one.

4. Pavlova

It’s hard to beat a good rivalry with New Zealand. Both countries argue they created Pavlova back in the 1920s, and they’re still fighting about it today. The meringue dessert is crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. It’s also topped with fresh fruit and whipped cream.

5. Crocodile Tail

The country is home to some of the most dangerous animals on the planet, but luckily you’ll be able to eat this one. Crocodile tail is a delicacy when compared to meat like kangaroo. Even though it almost tastes like chicken it’s nice with all the trimmings.

6. Green Curry Pie

It’s obvious Australians have a weird fascination with pies. They can never get enough of them. Also, they absolutely adore Thai food. Someone decided to combine them together to make green curry chicken pie. Replacing the rice with a pie casing was a smart move.

7. Lamingtons

Did you know the lamington is the unofficial cake of Australia? The iconic dessert is essentially a sponge cake with desiccated coconut covering a layer of chocolate icing. Sometimes you’ll find cream and jam in the middle. It’s so popular there are many variations to taste.

8. Chicken Parmigiana

Here is another basic pub dish that can be improved considerably with the right ingredients. A normal dish contains chicken fried in breadcrumbs. It’s topped with a tomato-based sauce and melted cheese. You’ll sometimes see ham or prosciutto sprinkled over it.

9. Lamb Leg Roast

Lamb leg roast is the reason Australian moms get to see their grown kids at the weekend. It’s actually been declared the national dish because so many people enjoy it. At restaurants chefs will make it with garlic, olive oil, rosemary, and other delicious touches.

10. Prawn Cocktail

The simple prawn cocktail dish used to be considered a fine dining staple. Luckily it’s still very popular to this day. You only need to put lettuce in a glass and fill it with a few big prawns. Chefs usually have a unique way to make their sauce stand out.

You’ll Have to Taste Them All

When you find yourself in Melbourne look for these on the menus in restaurants. You’ll need to taste them all before you go home. When you leave you’ll realize the city is amazing when it comes to food.