The locals call it Resy or Ressa, and it’s one of the fastest growing suburbs in the north. Here, you’ll discover history and new development sitting side by side.
The land Reservoir now sits on was first surveyed in 1837, and in 1863 three reservoirs were built to supply fresh water to Melbourne’s inner and western suburbs. When enough people started settling in the same area and the first post office opened in the 1920s it was named after those water sources.
Until recently, it was the forgotten suburb of the north — thought a little far out of the CBD for those who wanted an inner-city lifestyle — but things are changing fast with new residents arriving all the time.
Start your day at Lady Bower Kitchen, a cute neighbourhood cafe, with solid breakfast choices like Dr Marty’s crumpets and chilli and feta scrambled eggs (even better with a side of fat bacon).
That should get you fuelled for an exploration of the shops around Broadway. This is where you’ll find a slew of Asian grocery stores — the perfect place for culinary inspiration and pantry stocking. Get all the Indian spices and ingredients you’ll need at Shri Ram Groceries and P&C Grocery & Convenience Store, everything for Indonesian dishes at Asian Supermarket Toko, and Sri Lankan supplies at Paradise Groceries.
Not sure you want to tackle the cooking yourself? Phon Pi Sai serves up excellent Thai food — all the curry pastes are homemade from fresh herbs and spices to achieve authentic flavours. It’s not a cuisine you see every day, so take the opportunity to dine at Kaindia Fijian Restaurant. Some of the specialties are chilli crab, duck curry and fish surwa (fish served in a spicy broth with garlic, onion and herbs).
For a complete change of pace, head to Misty’s Diner, a retro-inspired American eatery, serving up burgers, hotdog, fries and shakes. The kids will love it after a trip to Croc’s Playcentre, where they’ll be beside themselves mucking about on the slippery slides, bouncing castles, ball pits and other attractions. If it’s a sunny day, they might prefer an outing to Edwardes Lake Park. Its grassy areas overlook the lake and there are two playgrounds, walking trails, an old train engine, a basketball half court and skate park for them to enjoy.
For teenagers or big kids who don’t want to grow up, there’s Archery Attack. Here, after being shown the basic skills, you’ll be let loose in the arena to play Arrow Tag, a game that combines paintball, archery and dodgeball. It’s one full-on and competitive workout.
After all that activity, you deserve to relax. Relux is a cafe and bar serving up killer cocktails and a friendly atmosphere. There’s even live entertainment some nights, including comedy on Mondays. For a more traditional pub atmosphere, head to the Rose Shamrock Hotel. The kids can amuse themselves in the play area while you grab a bite to eat in the bistro, or gather some mates to have a few beers and a game of pool.