Is there anything more fabulous than a long lunch? When you’ve got good food, cold drinks, great company and the whole afternoon to knock yourself into a food coma the world is your oyster.
Our friends over at Somersby happen to agree, which is why we’ve teamed up with them to bring you 10 of the best spots to take your mates for a long lunch—with plenty of ciders—in Melbourne.
On the edge of the Yarra River, this is the epitome of a local Melbourne pub. Melbourne Public buzzes with energy every night of the week, thanks to all your favourite frothies on tap including Mountain Goat and Somersby. The space is split into sit-down dining and a bar area, with shareable classics including spicy wings, chilli mussels and salt & pepper calamari for a lazy lunch.
Melbourne’s favourite American-style barbeque joint, much-loved Fancy Hanks got a face-lift late last year. Relocating to a new bigger, brighter Bourke Street venue, the smoking hot (ha) team dishes out sticky glazed brisket, ribs and pulled-pork from their custom-built smoker. Wash down baked mac ‘n cheese with black olives or wedge salads and blue cheese dressing with a Somersby cider.
Skinny Dog Hotel
It’s hardly slim pickings at Skinny Dog Hotel. From cold beers to crisp ciders, you’ll need something when you’re chowing through the Famous Skinny Dog Parma—a 350 gram schnitzel with slow roast Napoli, Virginia ham, chef’s secret three cheese blend, special salted beer battered fries and salad. Finger-lickingly messy pizza and loaded herby pan roasted chats will keep hanger at bay.
One of Melbourne’s biggest rooftops overlooking the city skyline makes for the ultimate, sun-soaked drinking hole. The dedicated rooftop menu at Imperial Hotel is gloriously one hand-friendly, from macaroni and cheese croquettes to southern fried chicken wings served with chips and jalapeno mayo. With a cold, sweet bubbly drink in one hand and a box full of wings in the other, this is the real Australian dream.
A cocktail lounge, restaurant and rooftop all rolled into one, luxurious venue, drink it all in (literally and figuratively…) with a sweet cocktail or cheeky Somersby cider. Cheese and salumi boards complete with house bread, pickled vegetables, olives and fiore di burrata are acceptably messy on the rooftop, while creamy pasta and indulgent desserts is a long-lunch winner at Campari House.
Shimmy into Tenpin after a swim at Port Melbourne beach (hopefully sewerage water-free but at this stage we’re not sure)—they’re bowling strikes. A (bowling) ball of fun, expect a hub of Asian-inspired cocktails (all the lychee) and some of the best curry around. Betel leaf with sticky pork, prawn, pineapple and peanuts are a fresh, zesty start while mild coconut curry with sweet potato, oyster mushrooms, tofu and asparagus is a non-negotiable.
Feast of Merit
It’s wine-o’clock at every hour when you’re at Feast of Merit. Cocktails, beers and a generous range of wines (any lover of red would be pleased) are perfect for washing down a feast with serious merit. We rate the fried cauliflower salad with crispy onions (the best salad addition?!), hung yoghurt, sour cherries, za’atar and chervil.
If share-style Indian cuisine doesn’t scream long lunch, we don’t know how to help you. Start with modern classics at Mukka including light, pancake-like Dosas made from rice and lentils. Served with curried potatoes, sambar dal and coconut chutney, it’s a vibrant, flavour-bursting start to your lazy lunch. Slow cooked goat curry and the ever popular, creamy butter chicken will thrust the loudest tables into silence.
Eat'aliano by Pino
Italian food was made for (spirited) sharing. Eat’aliano by Pino fills tables with puffy-crusted, cheese-coated pizzas including the all-time favourite Margherita. For those averse to sharing (you know the one), main courses include a homemade pappardelle with slow-cooked lamb ragu to die for, and a roman semolina gnocchi with four cheese sauce and walnuts. Toss a few Pizza Nutellas in to the lunch crowd happy.
An all-day restaurant and bar, you can (quite literally) stay all day at Cumulus Inc. Charcuterie is a crowd-pleaser (because who doesn’t like cheese and cured meats, really), while a range of fresh salads and a tender, juicy whole slow roast lamb shoulder is ideal for tearing and sharing. The brunch menu is also on offer until late.
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