Move over, Sydney, Melbourne has plenty of waterfront eateries that more than hold up to the restaurants in Circular Quay. Take General Assembly. The riverside pub is more than just somewhere to grab a steak sanga and a pint. General Assembly is proud of its gastropub roots, with a menu that spans the globe.
Executive chef Brad Cunningham has mastered a menu that features the likes of whipped cod roe, crisp calamari and school prawns, giant chicken schnittys, Hopkins River steaks and fisherman’s pies.
Keeping the pub steaks juicy is a Josper Oven – an unusual oven-grill hybrid that imparts a smoky flavour to whatever it cooks. And the venue's daily bottomless beer and meat fest (priced at $79 per head) offers slow cooked ribs, charcoal grilled beef and chicken with all the trimmings for two hour sittings at a time, with the final one commencing at 6pm.
Or grab yourself one of the bar's 15 beers on tap, ciders, cocktails or bottles of vino, and you've got yourself a relaxed afternoon by the river.