We’ve all been there. You’re out, it’s past 11pm, and you’ve just realised you didn’t eat enough for dinner—or you didn’t eat dinner at all. You’re suddenly ravenous and your stomach feels like it’s starting to eat itself. You need food, stat.
But where to go? It’s late at night and everything’s shut, right?
Wrong. So very, very wrong. Forget convenience store pies and greasy pizza by the slice. Behold our top picks for late-night dining around Melbourne. Midnight munchies will never be the same again. Now repeat after us: ‘I can do better than a dodgy kebab.’
This beloved Chinatown staple sits at the top of our list for a reason—it’s fast, efficient and open til 7am on the weekends. Not to mention it has multiple locations around town. Pile in for dim sum, roast duck, fried rice, crispy pork and flat noodles. Order a side of sautéed greens to make a pre-emptive attack on that hangover.
All hail Melbourne’s first round-the-clock ramen joint. South Korean ramen chain Menya Sandaime set up its flagship store on Russell Street in May—and they’re open 24/7, 365 days a year. The menu boasts four types of ramen as well as fried chicken, gyoza and donburi. They also do tsukumen if you prefer to dip your noodles, and there’s a variety of sakes and $7 beer on tap.
Get That India
Get That India is a cracking choice for late-night dining. It’s open til 3am, fully licensed and home to the Butter Chicken Burger. What’s not to love? The GTI motto is ‘Clean. Lean. Choice’, and that’s exactly what you get—the rich and robust flavours of India fused with a #cleaneating approach. The curries lack the oil-overload of a lot of Indian food and there are carb-less options if that’s your jam. We’re addicted to the burgers: the tasty protein-hit that goes by the name of Mango Tango, the jalapeño-packed beast otherwise known as Bombay Burner, and the incredible chips that we could eat for days. A top choice in the Prahran area!
Forester’s Hall does three things very well: craft beer, live music and late-night pizza. The pizza menu runs til 2am every night with takeaway available. There are eight options to choose from, leaning towards classic Italian combinations. Think pork & fennel sausage teamed with oregano, provolone and chilli, or wild mushrooms and parmesan brightened up with truffle oil. There’s a nice puff-to-crunch ratio to the pizza bases, and you can also get a killer charcuterie board with prosciutto, sopressa, salami, olives, fior di latte and ciabatta.
The perfect place for your post-club selfie—Massive Wieners on Chapel Street serves up super-sized dogs smothered in cheese, onions, sauerkraut and chilli. The popular choice is the 12” Massive Weiner, but you can downsize to the 6" Average Joe or the 3" Little Pecker if you don’t like the idea of downing a foot-long wiener at 4am. The wieners are made in-house with pork (there’s a soy option for vegos), and sheathed in buns delivered daily from a local baker. Get fries, a float or a shake to round out the fun.
This East Brunswick stalwart dishes up delicious Italian food until 2:30am, and they’ll even deliver a cheese board right to your front door if you can't make it in time. As well as pizza and pasta, there’s an oh-so-cheesy eggplant parmigiana on the menu, and loads of gluten-free options. Look out for the housemade gelato, too: we like the chocolate & fig.
Le Bon Ton
The late-night menu at Le Bon Ton is mind-bogglingly well-designed for drunken refuelling. It features chilli cheese fries, crunchy onion rings, buttermilk fried chicken and pit-smoked chopped brisket smothered with BBQ sauce and slaw—and it’s up for grabs til 6am. If you fancy getting a little somethin’-somethin’ on the sweeter side, there are four different kinds of homemade pie, including whiskey pie and chocolate & peanut butter mousse pie.
The menu at slick inner-city bar The Supper Club is, as you might expect, well-suited to late-night supper and available til dawn. Sink onto a comfortable chesterfield sofa and scoff down a gooey croque monsieur, or share a trio of party pies. The food here may be pricier than your standard street fare, but it’s worth the extra pennies for both the atmosphere and the attention to detail: the polenta chips come with tangy tartare sauce and the crème brûlée has real vanilla flecks in it.
Bar Ampere, the Parisian sister of Gin Palace and Madame Brussels, serves solid bar snacks until the wee small hours that suit leisurely sharing. They’re classy, too: think duck shanks with a vanilla grape sauce, and grilled saganaki with pear paste and lemon. The best bet for greedy (and gratifying) solo grubbing, though, is probably the Rib Burger: boneless smoked pork ribs, yoghurt bun, slaw. Yum.
American-themed bistro and cocktail bar Nieuw Amsterdam keeps its kitchen roaring til 3am. The carnivore-friendly menu features diner-style food—it’s got charcoal-roasted beef brisket, juicy shrimp ‘n’ grits and mac ‘n’ cheese soufflé. If you’re feeling particularly ravenous, get a BBQ meat tray to share with friends—it’s late-night dining at its finger-licking best and comes with fries, cobb salad and pickle.
Image credit: Get That India, Sabine Legrand for The Urban List