You can dine in at the ultra-sharp restaurant or grab-and-go from a more casual “kiosk” that sells quick fixes such as a cauliflower rice bowl salad with toasted sesame dressing; daily pastries from Baker D. Chirico; a spicy triple-cheese Maker and Monger toastie; Baker Bleu baguettes; and Martini’s own choc hazelnut babka.
alt=”Karen Martini” />Karen Martini’s crumbed fish sandwich at Hero. Photo: Peter Tarasiuk
Whether you’re back at the desk for one shift a week, or your full roster has been reinstated, or you just want to revisit the Hoddle Grid after a long absence, these are the places to suss out for sustenance. Leave last night’s leftovers at home and support the industry on your next lunch break – what better way is there to break up your day?
ACMI, Federation Square, Melbourne, open daily 8.30am-late, heroacmi.com.au
The city has been working overtime to return to its old self. Many of our favourite pitstops have survived the restrictions rollercoaster and are open and eager for business, but there’s also a spate of new venues that have arrived on the CBD landscape. From a three-dish hawker cafe to a polished sandwich and wine bar, these recently opened lunch spots will ease your transition back to city life.
King William’s Brigadier sandwich with roast chicken, crispy chicken skin, stuffing, zucchini slaw and gravy. Photo: Supplied
Attention power lunchers: the Australian Centre for the Moving Image has reopened after a $40 million revamp with a new flagship restaurant from top chef – and Good Food fave – Karen Martini. The all-day menu is as transporting as a European holiday, with red pepper gildas and Greek bagels, chilli crab cavatelli and blue eye cod, and desserts (hello dark chocolate tart with minted caramel cream) from the equally legendary Philippa Sibley.
Who would have thought that while we were either not allowed or were too afraid to venture to the city, all these fantastic lunch places would have sprung to life?
Like the screen legends painted on the wall, Hero has star quality.
Binomio means ‘pair’ in Spanish, which is fitting considering this Spanish restaurant is divided into two sections: a chilled out tapas bar and a fine-dining restaurant replete with white linen tablecloths, gleaming wine glasses and good service. If you’re looking for a private room, book into the upscale dining room in the back. Whatever you do, be sure to end your meal with the churros.
Lino Sauro, owner and chef of Gattopardo, comes from a family of Sicilian farmers, and he brings this southern Italian heritage and love for fresh, sustainable food to the menu at Gattopardo. The focus here is on seafood with signature dishes like the Classic Sicilian Sardine Rolls stuffed with raisins and pine nuts and served on toast and the Gattopardo Signature Seafood Stew packed with octopus, calamari, and prawns. Not feeling the fish? They’ve also great house made pastas and grilled meats.
23 Boon Tat Street