1. Man holding an Indonesian-style sandwich.
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  2. Man holding an Indonesian-style sandwich in the foreground of a graffiti-painted wall.
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  3. Assorted Indonesian-style sandwiches.
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  • Restaurants | Indonesian
  • Melbourne

Warkop CBD

Say goodbye to sad, boring CBD lunches and hello to Warkop’s Indonesian-style sangas loaded with charred pork, sambal burrata, beef rendang and more

Lauren Dinse

Time Out says

When you think of a nation known for making great sandwiches, Indonesia is probably not the first country that comes to mind. But legendary Richmond joint Warkop is fast changing that perception, and it’s just opened a second location in the CBD. 

The 16-seater retains the cosy aesthetic from its Richmond counterpart, with corked flooring, woven rattan and a small outdoor dining space. An abbreviation of ‘Warung Kopi’ (Indonesian for casual street café), Warkop has adapted its city menu to treat both long-time fans of the OG location and newcomers to a fusion of Asian and Western creations. Expect housemade sweet and savoury pastries, fresh salads, sangas and burgers, all crafted with authentic Indonesian homestyle flavours and a dash of creative flair. 

It’s no surprise that owners Barry Susanto (ex-Navi sous chef) and Erwin Chandra are choosing to expand their venture. Since the original Richmond eatery first opened its doors, whispers have spread quickly of sangas that defy convention and elevate the humble lunchtime snack to a new level. 

Try a beef brisket rendang with pickles and American cheese on light rye, or a creamy, crisp gado gado sandwich with peanut sauce. A crowd favourite is the fillet o' fish: fried rockling, Warkop’s signature tartare, spicy sambal matah and alfalfa sprouts on a potato roll. You’ll also spot limited edition weekly specials, saucy brekkie muffins, kaya-glazed cruller doughnuts and a fresh shokupan sandwich with charred pork, black garlic and sambal burrata on the menu. Foodies on the more curious end of the spectrum will feel like kids in a candy shop.

True to its warung roots, Warkop also offers Duke’s filter coffee and a small selection of teas.

Office workers no longer need to settle for soulless chicken focaccias and limp salads from corporate coffee stalls. Warkop’s taking you on a vacation to Indonesia via your tastebuds, and on yet another humdrum lunch hour, what could be more welcome?

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13 Little Collins Street
Opening hours:
Mon-Fri 7am-3pm; Sat-Sun 8am-3pm
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