The long lunch is an institution, a luxury, and just about as good as eating out can get. With the upcoming sun-filled long weekend around the corner, it’s the perfect chance to get out and let the Yarra River provide the ultimate backdrop for a sun-kissed leisurely afternoon as you work your way through the menu and wine list. Don’t rush, it’s also completely acceptable (even encouraged) for your long lunch to merge into dinner.
These are our top five long weekend lazy lunches, offering spectacular views, delicious cuisine and great entertainment:
Start your afternoon on the relaxed outdoor terrace with a refreshing drink in hand, snacking on bar food until you’re ready to move inside and begin your attack on a diverse menu. Plan your visit for Labour Day Eve this Sunday, 9 March 2014 to be treated to live music by Dan Poli from 2pm, DJ Scotty from 5pm and Jason Singh from 7pm.
Inspired by the fun and flavour of the Aussie BBQ, head down to the Meat Market to enjoy a laid-back lunch and sample the best meats Victoria has to offer. Pair this with $20 cocktail jugs this weekend Saturday 8 to Monday 10 March from 2 – 6pm, and you’ve got yourself the perfect way to while away an afternoon by the water. Miss Dee’s acoustic tones will provide the soundtrack to your leisurely lunch from 2 – 4pm on Sunday.
- Bangpop Tuk Tuk Feast
Don’t waste time arguing over which dishes to order – let Bangpop’s head chef Kam McManamey take you on a tuk tuk journey through their Bangkok hawker stand-inspired menu. $49 per head gets you eight courses of large plates for everyone to share, for groups of four or more. Dial 03 9245 9800 for bookings.
With a feel that’s more seaside than city-side, The Boatbuilders Yard is a great spot to while away a sunny afternoon with good food and great company. Pull up a pew and have a beer on the deck with classic fish n chips, a steak sanga, a burger, or choose from their extensive menu.
Perch yourself at one of the tables by the large open windows overlooking the Yarra and work your way through The Bridge’s casual dining menu. The dishes are both delicious and well-priced so feel free to order a few and share. We highly recommend the steak sandwich with dijon buttered toast, caramelised onion, salad, aioli and beer battered chips.
The luscious astroturf of The Common Man front yard will play host to the pop up bar, complete with caravan bar. Perfect spot on a sunny day, just metres from the Yarra River.