Sometimes mum’s dry lamb shank just doesn’t quite cut the mustard. Thankfully, good Sunday roasts are a dime a dozen in Melbourne, thanks to our outrageously good food scene (shockingly, not everything’s deconstructed and covered in avo' smash).
This winter we’ve scoured the city to find Melbourne’s most heart (and tummy) warming Sunday roasts, in case you’re struggling for a reason to leave the house on the weekend.
For an admittedly steep $55, you can sink your teeth into a mean roast at Estelle Bistro in Northcote. BUT you get more than a regular roast. You get THREE courses AND a glass of wine, which basically makes it an investment. These guys release their Sunday menu in advance, so if you’re someone who likes to look forward to lunch, take a squiz at their website here. (Coming up this month is lamb, carrot and buffalo curd; lamb shoulder, celeriac and watercress emulsion; and key lime pie & citrus sorbet).
Closer to the CBD is Epocha’s weekly roast spread. For $50 you get a quality roast with all the trimmings, served in a family-style sharing format of all of their favourite dishes. Meats of the moment rotate between lamb, pork, chicken, beef each week and you can even check what’s in store for you this weekend by heading to their website here.
Arbory's Winter Roast Collection doesn't run all year-round, but keep an eye out for it during the colder months. They've partnered with the guys from Meatsmith for the protein, and each month features a different beast. Did we mention paired wines from some of Victoria's best vineyards? Not bad at all for $25pp. The Winter Roast Collection runs from June – August every year.
Grace Darling Hotel
If bang for your buck is more your thing, then the Grace Darling Hotel’s $20 Sunday roast has your name written all over it. This famous little Sunday food sesh features winter vegetables served in a cast iron pot and rotating weekly meats. There are also vegan and vegetarian options as well. Give the venue a buzz to find out what’s on the menu this Sunday.
In case you’ve exhausted all the places on the list so far, there’s also Northern Git in Thornbury where every Sunday they put on a mean traditional roast with all the trimmings and some beautifully cooked Yorkshire Puddings. The word on the street is good, so tables fill up fast, which means calling to book is a must.
The Station Hotel
For only $29, you can warm yourself up with a hot weekly roast out west at The Station Hotel in Footscray. Boasting the best Sunday roast in the city, this bad boy is served with all the trimmings, plus all of your favourite sides. Meats rotate on a weekly basis and are available from 12pm until sold out every Sunday.
The Roast Kitchen
Unsurprisingly, The Roast Kitchen puts on a bloody good Sunday Roast. Each week it lays down roast beef with Yorkshire Pudding, red wine infused gravy and a juicy spread of roasted and steamed veggies. And if you’re not a beef person, there’s also turkey, lamb, chicken, pork and even lamb shanks. And if THAT’S not enough, there’s also homemade apple crumble or sticky date and pear pudding with butterscotch sauce. Two words: hooley dooley.
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