The sun is shining, the grass has all but dried up, and Nick Kyrgios is in the headlines every single day—yup, the Australian Open has arrived in Melbourne.
Whether you’ve been sitting in the sun drinking all day, or intently throwing your head from side to side like one of those clown games watching the game, you’re going to need to get some food in your stomach at some point.
To help you out, we’ve put together a list of the best spots which are within 2km of Rod Laver Arena. So walk, tram or UBER your way to these venues and fill yourself to the brim.
Make your way down the restaurant lined Flinders Lane until you happen upon Supernormal. Grab their take on beef tartare—smoked beef, mustard leaf and clam mayonnaise, or of course pick up one of their iconic lobster rolls.
A Hereford Beefstuow
A day under the heavy sun calls for only one thing—a hearty steak. A Hereford Beefstuow has a massive selection of dry aged beef, as well as your chance to go nuts at The Garden (an enormous array of fresh produce, sauces, mustards and dressings), you’ll be well and truly ready for any night session.
Coda offers a superb range of dishes that are great for sharing, the perfect spot for your post tennis group visit. We recommend the buffalo mozzarella and zucchini fritters, or the roasted yellow duck curry.
If you’re in the mood for something a bit meatier and smokier, then Fancy Hank’s is the place to go. All of your typical slow cooked meats are here, from beef brisket to pulled pork shoulder. We’d also recommend you tear into some of the sides like baked mac’n’cheese and pit braised beans. Sneak upstairs to their rooftop bar Good Heavens for a sneaky sun-drenched tipple.
Venture into George Calombaris’ restaurant to find some of the best examples of greek cuisine on offer in Melbourne. If you’re here for souvlakis then you’re in luck, GAZI has a range of the usual staples of lamb and chicken, but if you’re up for something a bit different go for those of the soft shell crab or duck variety.
A short walk to Swan Street will have you standing in front of south-east Asian inspired Botherambo. Sharing is the name of the game here, and if you can’t decide which of the delicious sounding plates to order just let the team do it for you—there’s a $50 feed me option which is amazing value.
The Meatball & Wine Bar
Go balls and all at Meatball & Wine Bar. Select from pork, beef, chicken, fish and vegetable, a sauce and then a “sotto palle” (something for your balls to sit on as they describe) and you’ve got yourself one fine meal. Of course, if you’re city-bound you’ll be able to track down the one on Flinders Lane as well.
Maybe you ate too much while at the tennis, or maybe it’s just too damn hot for anything else. You can never go wrong with a visit for Gelato Messina no matter where you are. Their amazing concoctions are ever changing, so be sure to check the board once you’re inside, but you can, of course, pick up classics like pistachio, chocolate and many more.
With a name like Meatmother you know exactly what you’re in for. It’s all about the smoky BBQ action once you set foot inside and you can choose from 12-hour pulled pork, or 10-hour Rangers Valley 5+ brisket straight from the smoker. There’s plenty of sides to share, and if you’re in there for lunch (12pm-3pm) there is a range of sandwiches on offer.
The self-proclaimed home of “gringlish food”, Bahari offers up traditional Greek fare like slow roasted lamb shoulder, and lemon potatoes. It’s a great spot for groups, with banquets available if you’ve got four or more in your group.
Image credit: Griffin Simm | Fancy Hank’s