Melbourne is a foodie's paradise and representative of Australia's $$ minerals/mining boom (Think Russia without the snow). It seems like everyone under 50 in this city of 4 million eats out every night of the week - and no doubt the older ones as well, just in different restos. This unfortunately leads, for tourists, to some crappy results; waiting for hours to get into Chinchin for mediocre food, a good number of "Tough luck, mate" responses from bored restaurants filled with locals.
How delightful to get into Ombra! Also full of folks, but with a manager who made it his business to get us in quickly to this unpretentious but great place. We had a variety of starters, all delicious; wonderful main dishes; desserts to die for, plus superb wine & beer. The atmosphere was lively, like most places in Melbourne, and our waitress (Sarah from Seattle) was both delightful and helpful. Not for the thrifty (tho our bill was based more on the variety of items we had, not on high prices) but the best meal we had during a three week tour of Australia.