From 12 April to 7 May, more than 50 Melbourne restaurants will be offering exclusive weekday lunch deals in the city. Dine high end, try secret laneway spots or head into brand-new foodie faves – all for just $30 a pop. Hand-picked in partnership with the Broadsheet Melbourne team.
It’s the neon-lit laneway legend usually reserved for a special night out. Head down on your lunch break for a hearty signature ramen. Think organic bone-broth, grilled chicken, house-made dumplings, wakame, soy egg and togarashi. Served with a refreshing Asahi Dry Black. Available weekdays from midday to 3pm.
One of the CBD’s only slow roasting specialists, Fancy Hanks has a custom-built smoker on site for the freshest BBQ delights. Smash your lunch break with a fully loaded brisket, pork shoulder or spicy mushroom sandwich. Every sando comes with all the trimmings – think cheese, pickles, slaw and a side of crispy fries. Plus your choice of beer, wine or cider. Available Wednesday to Friday, midday to 3pm.
Get a juicy 200 gram steak from Argentinian food legends at Asado. Melt in the mouth meat is served with crispy patatas bravas and a butter lettuce, red oak and radish salad. Pair your top cut with a choice of house Malbec, white wine from Argentina or a Patagonian Pilsner. Available Tuesday to Friday from midday to 3pm.
Magic Mountain Saloon
We’re over the moon that Magic Mountain Saloon has reopened its doors in Little Collins Street. Celebrate their return with the ‘Magical Lunch’ special. The feast includes chicken and potato massaman curry, green papaya salad, fluffy jasmine rice and a pot of Pirate Life IPA. Not a beer fan? Swap for a glass of house red or white wine. Available Wednesday to Saturday from midday to 3pm.
This NYC style diner is turning it on for your lunch break. Feast on a thick and juicy gourmet cheeseburger, famous hand-cut duck fat chips and a Bad Shepherd lager. Then have your pick of the condiment stacked Lazy Susan for hot sauce, mustard and BBQ fixings. Available weekdays from 11:30am to 3:30pm.
Cumulus Inc brings iconic European style to foodie haven Flinders Lane. Their exquisite lunch is a hearty dish of ricotta gnocchi with pine mushrooms and ramarro farm rocket. Served with your choice of wine - either the Tombacco Pecorino or Silent Way Pinot Noir. Available weekdays from midday to 3pm.
Visit Gippsland on your lunch break with a celebration of seasonal produce. Farmer's Daughters has curated a grazing platter of cheeses, house-made terrine, soda bread, cultured butter, pickled vegetables and chutney. Served with a fresh juice and delicious pastry. Available for takeaway Monday to Friday from 11.30am to 2.30pm.
Recently reopened with a striking new fit-out, Calia is the ultimate bougie lunch spot. Order the luxe pork belly bowl, topped with runny 63 degree egg, pickles and nori flakes. Or try the aburi salmon bowl, made from sustainably sourced seafood and premium Akitakomachi rice. Served with a glass of Chandon Brut or Chandon Rose Sparkling. Available weekdays from midday to 3pm.
Rustic Italian dining comes served with perfect local wines at The Moat. Select house-made pappardelle with roasted artichokes and fresh king prawns, paired with drops from the King Valley. Or opt for a traditional Genoa baked pasta dish and small batch Sangiovese from Conde Estate Heathcote. Available Tuesday to Friday from midday to 3pm.
More unmissable lunch deals
Still hungry? Heaps of additional city venues are taking part in this lunch break bonanza. Think dumpling feasts at Taxi Kitchen, tiramisu pizza parties at La Camera, gourmet Vietnamese and gin sours from The George and so much more. Get your lunch crew together and start booking!
Information correct at time of writing. Imagery by Jake Roden. Butcher's Diner image by Grace Petrou.
Last updated on Fri 23 Apr 2021
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