About Us

Melbourne's Food Culture & Chef Calamari



Melbourne is known for its rich and eclectic food culture. Whether you’re after a fine dining experience, a 'cheap eats', casual dining, a ‘celebrity chef’ experience, or a traditional meal from any country or culture, Melbourne has the best of the best. Excellent dining experiences are part of Melbourne’s culture. 

Food trucks epitomize Melbourne’s food culture because they offer so much of what you look for in a dining experience. Quality, flavour, passion and choice, enjoyed in the surroundings of festivals and events, markets, food truck parks, and on the streets of the most liveable city in the world.

We are a local family run business with over 30 years experience in the food and beverage industry. You will understand why Chef Calamari is everything you love about Melbourne’s food culture as soon as you are greeted by our genuine team and wowed by one of our signature dishes, homemade lemonades or specialty food and beverage options. 

Our ethos is to give customers a quality and memorable food experience. Our recipes and methods are the result of decades of experience, and countless hours of creating, testing, tweaking, changing, and re-testing over and over again before a dish or drink makes it to our menu. Our seasoned flours are created by us and put together the same day that we use them. Similarly, our homemade lemonades are made from scratch and always fresh. We don't start cooking your dish until you order it, and when you receive it, you will understand why we say that we offer restaurant quality seafood at street-food prices.

Come and experience why customers keep coming back and event organisers keep inviting us back. 


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Quality Ingredients


Fresh Quality Seafood

We work closely with our seafood wholesalers to ensure that all of our dishes are of the highest quality and freshness. Our seafood wholesalers are family owned and operated, and HACCP certified.  

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Homemade Lemonades made with Fresh ORGANIC Lemon Juice

We only use freshly squeezed organic lemon juice in our homemade lemonades and warming teas. Our lemonades and teas are 100% natural and made from scratch. We do not add soft drink or soda water. Special lemonades, such as our strawberry lemonade and ginger lemonade are made with fresh juices and purees. 

Photo credit: Michel Wancok


Fresh Produce from Melbourne's Best Markets

We are proud to support local and family owned businesses, and source our fresh produce from Melbourne's best markets. 

Photo credit: Michel Wancok