Fact: Sundays are made for lazy long lunches. Next time you’re trying to find a group-friendly restaurant to spend half your weekend in, check out Melbourne’s best restaurants for long Sunday lunches!
If bottomless Yum Cha and quality company doesn’t make for a perfect Sunday, we don’t know what will! Saigon Sally runs four Vietnamese-style yum cha sessions every Sunday, serving six of your favourite plates including Saigon chilli crab and sticky beef ribs. Throw in a few extra notes for bottomless bubbles and Bia Hanoi. You know you want to. $39 per person or $69 per person with bottomless bubbles. Yes.
Cutler & Co
One of Melbourne’s best fine dining restaurants, Cutler & Co, is leading the way on long Sunday lunches. In a warm, intimate interior featuring eye-catching amber lights and sleek grey leather, their Sunday lunch features refined entrees, generous mains and a series of desserts. With a different menu every Sunday to reflect the highest quality, seasonal produce, you might find your crew slinking around Cutler & Co every weekend. $75 per person.
Lavish sapphire curtains, ambient modern lighting and deep timber decorates Matteo’s upmarket interior. The four-course lazy Sunday lunch includes refined dishes like prawn ravioli with soft shell crab in Penang laksa sauce and your own plate of miniature desserts for those of you that never learned to share. Courses can be optionally paired with wine, because Sunday isn’t Sunday without a good bottle of red. $79 per person, $109 with paired wines.
Circa’s Sunday winter graze has hit the tables at The Prince of Wales Hotel! Offering rotating weekly menus that champion the best seasonal produce, expect soul-warming choices like Macedon Ranges whole roast duck served with braised young cabbage and organic carrots. Two courses with sides are $55 per head.
Skip the stress in the kitchen and head to Epocha for their rotating, family-style Sunday Roast Lunch. Nestled in a refurbished Victorian terrace, Epocha is home to stunningly restrained food without the pomp and pretention. The interior, effortlessly homely with clever refined touches like smooth low-hanging lamps, is the perfect place for any long Sunday gathering. Includes four courses for $45 per person.
Luxurious, delicate tasting menus are the script at Prahran’s much-loved Woodland House. The bright, spacious area features frozen white lanterns streaming with light and elegant Victorian finishes. With picture-perfect tasting dishes selected by the chef every Sunday lunch, have your cake and eat it too for $80 for four courses, or $110 for six.
For a Sunday lunch you’ll remember, head to the Middle Eastern specialists at Maha. Sinfully aromatic and decadently rich, Maha’s Spice Journey Sunday lunch features five courses including creamy beef cheek with chestnut and pine mushroom tagine. Your homely Sunday roasts will be ruined forever. $75 per person, and with matched wine an extra $40 per person.
Launching this winter, Luxembourg’s Sunday feasts feature five-courses of dreamy lunch-y dishes using the finest fresh produce prepared by one of the best restaurants in St Kilda. Their delectable menu will give your surrounding tables a serious case of food envy. We highly recommend against skinny jeans. $55 per person.
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