Italian in St Kilda, Elwood & Elsternwick

This hideaway of dark wood, subdued lighting and pencil sketches is a St Kilda institution. The menu is Italian, with dishes that might see signature linguini twirled with Atlantic salmon, braised leek, capers, baby spinach, lemon and olive oil. Bookings for lunch only; for dinner eat early or start in the moody back bar, worth a visit on its own.

Head to the back bar from Sunday to Tuesday for a beer and bolognese for $25.