Find Gills Alley and you’ve found Gills Diner. Too bad if you lack map skills, because this little beauty is probably best kept from the marauding masses for as long as possible. Gills is a treasure in Melbourne’s CBD, partly due to its white tiled, friendly-faced, ex-garage aesthetic. Gill’s wine list is also seriously appealing, having won The Good Food Guide’s Best Short Wine List in 2010, largely due to a cleverly curated list of local wines. Then there’s the menu, which focuses on good, honest, seasonal, simple food. Forget the bells and whistles. Autumn will see mushrooms, slow braises and fat pillows of ricotta ravioli. Knock it back with a local pinot and you’re laughing.
The Commercial Bakery at Gill’s entrance is fabulous for early morning croissants, pastries and beautiful coffee. Brilliant if you’re Hungover and Hungry.