Melbourne restaurant serves up trendy mac 'n' cheese doughnuts

Try something new at this vibrant Melbourne eatery.

A new bar and restaurant is bringing the Caribbean to Australia with a colourful and quirky tropical menu.

Saint Lucia, located on Melbourne's popular Chapel Street, is a new venture by local husband and wife duo, Stephanie Harris and Charlie Ranken.

After spending some time in the Caribbean and along America's Gulf Coast, Stephanie and Charlie decided to open the restaurant and bar based on the delicious foods they encountered on their travels. 

On the menu at Saint Lucia you'll find alot of rice, coconut, meat, beans, plantains and limes - mainstays of many Caribbean dishes -  but there's one slightly more American menu item causing a stir: mac 'n' cheese doughnuts.

The $10 entree is the stuff of every cheese-lover's dreams. If you love macaroni and cheese, chances are you'll be keen to try the deep-fried, doughnut equivalent.

At Saint Lucia the treats are served alongside a chilli cheese dipping sauce for that Caribbean bite.

Mac 'n' cheese doughnuts are the latest American-inspired food trend to hit our shores. While States-style burgers continue to sweep the nation, bagels and mac n cheese are some of the newest American food exports.

Another trend you're sure to see more of is "food in a cone" - surprisingly, also on the menu at Saint Lucia! 

Its Kokomo Kone is made of jerk chicken with a delicious BBQ glaze, charred corn, lime mayo and coleslaw in  a waffle cone. 

While Saint Lucia's Instagram-worthy menu may get you in the door, it's the extensive rum-based cocktail list that will keep you there for hours.

All images via Saint Lucia

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