While tradition dictates making Sunday lunch yourself, we'd rather make someone else do it for us. From traditional pub fare to modern Australian fusion to yum cha, Melbourne offers so many great Sunday lunch options that you can happily leave the hard work to these pubs and restaurants and simply enjoy the company.
Venues for Sunday lunch in Melbourne
Chef Paul Wilson may love playing Mexican (see Acland Street Cantina) but he’s a Brit, and on Sundays, his dark and swarthy gastro-pub dishes up a meat-heavy serve of roasted beast backed up by treacle tart. Your $55 gets you a ticket to a party of crackling capped Tamworth pork with pimped out sides and bread and butter pudding.
Got a posse of ten? Outsource the legwork to the Local Taphouse. They’ll do you up a beef rib rack, or beer-can chicken with all the trimmings and let you serve yourselves. You’ll have access to the best craft beer menu in town and, if you book the downstairs room, the bocce pitch.
Yep, they’re still the champions of the Sunday roast at Fitzroy’s cosy mod-Brit bistro. The team are friendly, your goat/beef/duck is wood fired in the courtyard oven so it’s always got that smoky edge, and they’re sticklers for produce, so you’re guaranteed quality beast and some amazing local booze like super-dry Bress cider.
We define family-friendly as no-one getting in trouble for spilling the tea. Since it’s Sunday and you’ve got time, do the voyage to the outer ’burbs for serious yum cha action. Golden Dragon offers fast, delicious chaos, worth the trek for tasty open-faced pork siu mai with XO sauce – king of spicy dippers – and the softest mango pancakes in the city.