Let’s be real: Melbourne has some of the best cafes and restaurants in the country. And what better way to enjoy all they have to offer than with a long lunch? So the next time you’re looking for a lazy weekend meal, give one of these places a try.
Step down a laneway in Windsor and find Saigon Sally, an awesome joint famed for its amazing Vietnamese cuisine. It’s always bustling at night, so lunch is the perfect time to head in and enjoy a leisurely meal of BBQ Chicken with jalapeño, lemongrass, turmeric & kaffir lime leaf – plus a range of other share plates. There’s also a set menu with 10 dishes over five courses, so grab some of your favourite people and treat yourselves to a taste sensation.
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Some people call this the best hidden restaurant in Carlton, and we have to agree. Serving up European-style dishes and wonderful wines to match the food, you can expect to hear “mmm” from diners in every corner of the room. There’s lots of sharing plates to choose from, and the chef has even devised his own sharing menu. If you’re stuck on what to order, we recommend the slow-roast lamb shoulder with peas, roast onion and glazed carrots. Every mouthful is amazing. You can also chow down on a special roast lunch on Sundays – the perfect laid-back meal to enjoy with friends.
“This place is just amazing. Beautifully-located and with fantastic food, Epocha is a gem of Carlton. It’s perfect if mod-Italian is your thing . For my boy friend’s 30th dinner we had fresh oysters (Coffin Bay), slow roasted shoulder of lamb with peperonata and salsa verde, slow cooked Greenvale pork jowl with toasted spelt, quince and fennel, and their authentic desserts. The pork was crispy but a bit fatty. And the lamb just melted in my mouth! The dining room is vintage-chic and has a cosy atmosphere.” – svchu1
Although Matteo’s has been around for some time, it still leads the way in combining European and Asian flavours. In fact, we think the head chef deserves a medal for thinking up the butter-poached WA marron tail. It comes with scallop & marrow-claw, Singaporean chilli sauce, pumpkin, and yuzu-buttered heirloom carrots – and it’s all delicious. Whether you want to try a five-course tasting menu or the Lazy Lunch menu for Sundays, you’re guaranteed to leave here with a full belly and a smile on your face.
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As soon as you step into the light-filled Victorian building that’s home to Woodland House, you know you’re going to be in for a real treat. This sophisticated restaurant has seasonal tasting menus on Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays, all of which feature memorable dishes. Our favourite happens to be the braised duck leg with potato and turnip galette and broccolini. The service is exceptional too – and when you’re treated to this kind of luxury, you won’t want to leave!
“Such a lovely setting, so much so that when you eat in the private dining room you feel like you are in the dining room of a private home. The service is excellent, smooth and unobtrusive. Jacques popped in for a visit and chat to meet us all which was a lovely touch for the real foodies.” – mins
With its minimal décor and lots of natural light, Cumulus offers an inviting and airy space to eat a first-class lunch. There are many plates available for your consumption, all designed to share with your nearest and dearest. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, try the cannoli with coconut passionfruit cream and cocoa nib. In fact, you can have as many plates as you like because this eating house is open all day. So go on, turn a long lunch into dinner. #yolo
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