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The best takeaway lunches in Melbourne

You're onto a good thing with snacks-to-go in this city. Here are our top picks to put in your lunch pail...

Photograph: Kevin Li

Salad for lunch in Melbourne

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The Deli Counter

Typically crammed with suits, this venue screams grab-and-go. Line up and place your order for a plate of salads, a protein or a hot dish. The flavours are Middle Eastern and they can cater for vegans, coeliac and omnivores alike.

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Melbourne
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Sushi Monger

These guys dish up god damn delicious sushi on a daily basis. At peak times, you’ll probably join a 20-human-deep queue to get your hand rolls, sold at very competitive prices (three sushi rolls plus a miso soup will set you back a miso-ly $6.80). The spicy salmon, flecked with chilli, is an eternal flame; we also love the crispy prawn tempura roll.

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Melbourne
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Thr1ve

Thr1ve's menu is primarily paleo, serving up everything from 'primal toast' and almond and coconut flour pancakes for breakfast to bowls of zucchini noodles and salmon for lunch. You can even build your own meal, selecting two bases, a protein and sides: great value, and the portions are generous enough to feed the hungriest of cavemen.

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Melbourne
4

GAS Eatery and Supplies

Beetroot, raisins, fennel and labne. Cumin, almonds, freekah and beans. All the good things make the Gas Middle Eastern salad parties pop.

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South Melbourne

Sandwiches for lunch in Melbourne

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The Grain Store

Follow the lead of the local constabulary and make a beeline for The Grain Store's 'table of inspiration'. It’s an enormous kitchen island laden with chicken sandwiches, pies, quiche and salads. There’s a plate of the world’s tiniest bacon and scrambled egg sambos but for our money the fish finger sarnie is the pick of the table.

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Melbourne
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Earl Canteen

Earl Canteen disrupts the simple sandwich by taking restaurant-quality ingredients and putting them between two slices of bread for made-to-order lunches. Think tender pork belly, smashed meatballs, beer battered flathead fillets and harissa lamb in soft, Turkish-style rolls.

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Melbourne
3

Beatrix

Follow their Facebook for the daily bread situation, but hope for the Bay of Pigs. It’s a pork-on-pork smash-up of porchetta (rolled roast) and leg ham with melting pecorino cheese kept sharp by zucchini pickles.

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North Melbourne
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Brother Thomas

The perfect place to get an unpretentious sandwich to eat on the Flagstaff Gardens lawns. The owner, Jerome Dadon, has been supplying his own signature blend of coffee beans to Melbourne cafés for three years now, so you're guaranteed a great brew too.

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Melbourne

Sushi for lunch in Melbourne

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Kenzan

Here you can get a fish-filled rice cylinder and separate seaweed nori sheet for a wrap-it-yo-self sushi roll with extra crackling crispness.

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Melbourne
2

Purple Peanuts Japanese Café

Purple Peanuts does excellent brown rice sushi – fresh, tightly wrapped nori rolls with added vitamin B. If that's too healthy for you, check out the Japanese take on a burger, a slab of fried chicken marinated in soy, ginger and sake and whacked in a Turkish bread bun. 

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Melbourne

Soup for lunch in Melbourne

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Shimbashi Soba

Springy buckwheat noodles for miso broth are made here daily and you get a free waiting snack of spinach dashed with dashi.

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Melbourne
2

Soul Soup Café

Chances are it'll be zucchini, thyme, honey and lentil over plain pumpkin and it’ll also be at the fairly studenty price of $7.90.

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Carlton
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Pho Chu The

We can’t go past these guys for a fast pho fix, packing proper fragrant broth, tender beef, and a non-stingy thatch of herbs – ace.

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Richmond

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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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