We’re all about the comforting, classic Sunday roast, but sometimes your weekend calls for something a little more impressive than a plate of beef and pumpkin at the local pub. Luckily, there are plenty of Melbourne restaurants plating up a modern twist on the traditional, inviting long, lazy weekend lunches, with a touch of class. Here’s where to find some of Melbourne’s least daggy Sunday roast situations.
Known for its mastery of modern British fare, Papa Goose plates up a contemporary version of the classic Sunday roast, out of its sleek and stylish Flinders Lane digs. Sunday night’s special roast menu comes with a choice of two ($50pp) or three courses ($60pp), and will find you feasting on the likes of local beef with horseradish and béarnaise; Western Plains pork belly teamed with a granny smith apple sauce; or salt bush lamb shoulder matched to a fresh mint sauce. It’s classic comfort fare, with an elegant twist, that’ll have you feeling all grown-up.
In a beautifully restored terrace house, overlooking the Carlton Gardens, Epocha serves up a downright blissful Sunday roast situation, on offer from noon-3pm each week. Make yourself at home in the inviting dining room to enjoy a share-friendly spread among friends or family. The star protein changes weekly, though out of this acclaimed kitchen you know to expect top-notch, refined dishes with a European bent. What’s more, it’ll cost you just $45 per head.
Scott Pickett’s upscale fare is pretty famous around these parts, but you needn’t spend the big bucks to get a taste. At the chef’s casual diner, Estelle Bistro, the seasonal Sunday roast lunches are something of an institution, with a three-course feast and a glass of wine clocking in at just $50. The menu changes weekly but is guaranteed to put your usual old-school Sunday roast to shame, featuring the likes of lamb shoulder, with white onion soubise and green beans; chicken with zucchini puree and glazed parsnip; or even duck, teamed with burnt carrot and malt.
Teaming rustic elegance with a contemporary food and drink offering, Neighbourhood Wine is a wine bar and bistro for the modern day; a place where seasonality is king, the soundtrack is vinyl, and minimal intervention wines are the stars of the show. Highlighting the best of each season’s produce, the Sunday lunch roast here changes with the weather, offering a sensational three-course feed for a tidy $40 per head. Expect the likes of a roast beef rib with Yorkshire pudding and mustard leaves, while you get acquainted with some stand-out wines.
With its Scandi-cool styling, and an offering that sits somewhere between pub and bar, this Chapel St haunt ticks plenty of boxes. The food menu’s a rollcall of modern Aussie creations and reinvigorated pub classics, but it’s the roast that takes centre stage come Sunday, when $20 will score you a traditional serve of tender meat and veggies, just like Grandma used to make. The difference is that here, you’ll get to enjoy it alongside some live local tunes, with a few clever cocktails or craft brews to wash it down.
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