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The best business lunches in Melbourne

Here are all the best places for schmoozing, scheming, wheelin' and dealin'

Photograph: Graham Denholm

The long lunch seems to have fallen by the wayside when it comes to appropriate business conduct. But that doesn't mean that there aren't still plenty of places for a high-rollin' lunchtime outing and pretending you're in Wall Street

In fact, why not just go all out and head straight to a CBD bar to round out the experience or seek out a cocktail or two at one of these hidden bars? Go on, you've earned it.

Spice Temple

Best for: The gentle schmooze

It's as much about taste as money. Try the inky depths of Spice Temple for knockout yum cha, or for smoke and sizzle hit Argentinean hotspot San Telmo.

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Southbank

Lee Ho Fook

Best for: The heavy schmooze

You want something so 'amaze!' and new it hasn't opened yet. Better yet, try the new-and-improved Lee Ho Fook or Maha.

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Melbourne

The Roving Marrow

Best for: Talking business

Think fancy masquerading as casual, with faultless service. The Roving Marrow gets the job done, or try Circa, the Prince; they offer sharp food and they'll valet park your car.

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Carlton

Café Di Stasio

Best for: The gentle schmooze

We could tell you to look up a steak-and-lace restaurant but we're (slightly) classier than that. Café Di Stasio is our pick for long, boozy, pal-greasing lunches.

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St Kilda

Flower Drum

Best for: The heavy schmooze

Show them the money! Try Flower Drum or sky-high Vue de Monde, where you can order the head of John the Baptist and wine that could cancel global debt.

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Melbourne

Cecconi's

Best for: Talking business

You need a place conforming to your ethics. Cecconi's is sustainability incarnate. For business over brunch, South of Johnston is your go-to.

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Melbourne

The European

Best for: The gentle schmooze

Government people who schmooze end up on the news for corruption - sorry, worker bees! Go to The European so you can keep your eye on parliament and hand-on-heart as your order.

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Melbourne

Feast of Merit

Best for: The heavy schmooze

No balling on tax money! Feast of Merit does good Middle Eastern-cum-mod-Oz, or there's Charcoal Lane, the ace restaurant/cooking school for disengaged youth. So PC!

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Richmond

Pei Modern

Best for: Talking business

Pei Modern is a sexy piece of dining action where you can still pull up in a quiet corner for a chat. Everyone likes being taken to Movida for jamon and a brainstorm.

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Melbourne

Hawker Hall

Best for: The gentle schmooze

You want buzz, and lighter food (it's an industry that lives on canapés). Hawker Hall is still so-hot-right-now, and Sake has flashy sushi and hot private rooms.

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Windsor

More of Melbourne's best meals

The best lunches in Melbourne

Here's to sandwiches, champagne and Sunday roasts. Lunch, we salute you and all of your delicious possibilities.

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By: Time Out editors

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