PLAYMAKER
The Playmaker
Let's play
PLAYMAKER
  • It's Thursday
    What day is it?
  • Now
    What time is it?
  • Anywhere in Melbourne
    Where are you?
  • What do you feel like?
    What do you feel like?
  • And what else?
    And what else?
  • LET'S PLAY
16° & PARTLY CLOUDY ON THURSDAY 27 JUNE IN MELBOURNE
FOOD & DRINK

Melbourne's Best Hearty Sunday Roasts

Warm up on a wintry weekend with juicy roast meats and plenty of gravy.
By Libby Curran and Tom Clift
May 07, 2019
  shares

Melbourne's Best Hearty Sunday Roasts

Warm up on a wintry weekend with juicy roast meats and plenty of gravy.
By Libby Curran and Tom Clift
May 07, 2019
  shares

MELBOURNE'S BEST HEARTY SUNDAY ROASTS

Warm up on a wintry weekend with juicy roast meats and plenty of gravy.

Winter is about to return to Melbourne in full force, the couch is looking more tempting than ever and the only reason we're going to leave the house is for some proper, warm-your-cockles comfort food. On Sundays, that means a long, lazy lunch, filled with roasted meat and hearty sides — the kind of feed that would make your grandma proud. But who really wants to go to all that effort? Ditch the dishes, leave the cooking to the experts and check out our 11 favourite warming Sunday roasts.

  • 11

    Gorge yourself on suckling pig at a Nordic feast that would sate Thor himself. This Viking-themed carvery and cocktail bar is one of our favourites, and its take on the Sunday roast is no exception. This two-course set menu begins with entrees like rabbit and chicken terrine, and dill and aquavit salmon gravlax, before making way for the main attraction: eight-hour slow roasted suckling pig with crispy crackling. It also comes with killer sides such as cabbage and brussels sprout slaw and salted caramel kipfler potatoes. And the staff will even let you pick your own custom-made knife.

    READ MORE BOOK A TABLE
  • 10

    The team at Fancy Hank’s has a new winter menu, and what could be more wintery than a warming Sunday roast? Launching on Sunday, May 12 — and held on every second Sunday of the munch — this lunchtime feast features the likes of slow-cooked lamb shoulder with spiced molasses and anchovy glaze, sour pickles, winter greens, and potatoes with cumin and mint – although expect the exact details to change depending on how chefs Mike Patrick and Daniel Inzunza are feeling that day. It costs $45 per person. The bar also stocks a variety of drinks specials, including rotating beers by local brewer Fixation. Diners who feel extra fancy can also add a dozen oysters to the mix, served with horseradish, cocktail sauce and lemon.

    READ MORE BOOK A TABLE
  • 9

    As expected, the Sunday roast situation at Scott Pickett’s Estelle Bistro is a far cry from the humble meat-and-veg your nanna used to dish up to you as a kid, though every bit as homely and generous. Come winter, the acclaimed chef’s seasonal Sunday lunches offer the ultimate in produce-driven comfort food, with a hearty roast often the star of the show. Best of all, the kitchen’s weekly changing three-course menu — along with a glass of wine, beer or a cocktail — will set you back just $50. This season’s rotating interpretations feature the likes of smoked brisket with pickles and chicken breast with potato lyonnaise.

    Image: Gareth Sobey.

    READ MORE BOOK A TABLE
  • 8

    As the name suggests, this North Fitzroy wine bar has all the makings of a true neighbourhood gem, and its warm, cosy, cheery energy proves the ideal setting for a lazy weekend lunch. Especially if you opt for the kitchen’s legendary Sunday roast menu, which rotates with the seasons, built around each week’s top produce haul. This one clocks in at just $40, for an entree, a main — perhaps the roast beef with celeriac, yorkshire pudding and mustard jus — and a home-style dessert to finish. The wine list offers plenty more treats of its own, so you’ll want to leave room for a glass or two.

    READ MORE BOOK A TABLE
  • 7

    If you’re keen to match a pub meal with a crafty brew or three, South Melbourne’s Palace Hotel deserves a firm fixture in your weekend lunchtime rotation. An impressive craft beer selection and a menu packed with pub classics are this gem’s star attractions, and the Sunday roast proves the quintessential winter weekend warm-up. Head in from noon each week, nab a spot by the open fire and tuck into the day’s good old-fashioned roast plate, loaded with sides and drizzled with lush house-made gravy. Throw in a few pats for resident pooch Billy and you’ve got yourself a seriously good winter situation.

    READ MORE
  • 6

    It’s best known for its contemporary Euro-leaning tasting menus, but Rathdowne Street’s Epocha also plates up a pretty mean Sunday roast. Within this cosy, converted terrace house, winter’s made all the more bearable when tucking into an elegant assembly of roasted meats and seasonal veggies, matched with a glass of interesting red. From 12-3pm on Sundays, $50 will get you an indulgent, family-style roast lunch spread to share, with the star protein changing weekly. The ideal destination when group-friendly Sunday celebrations are on the cards.

    READ MORE BOOK A TABLE
  • 5

    St Kilda’s Village Belle is winning over locals with a whole swag of great weekly specials, though, come Sunday lunch, it’s all about that traditional, mum-style roast. It’ll set you back a mere $25, for the likes of Flinders Island salt grass lamb, or roasted Hazeldene free-range chicken, with an assortment of matched sides crafted using produce sourced from the St Kilda Community Garden. It’s all best enjoyed against the cosy backdrop of the old-meets-new public bar, where there’s footy on the big screens and live tunes to round out the weekend.

    READ MORE
  • 4

    For a generous home-style roast that’s well worth leaving the couch and heading east for, you’ve got to tip your hat to the Beehive Hotel. The heritage Hawthorn pub is dishing up a downright delightful Sunday feed, featuring tender roast meat — usually a classic pork or lamb number — sided with crispy roasted potatoes, greens and a little jar of house gravy. The best part? Clocking in at $24, this is one lunchtime situation that’s affordable enough to hit up on the regular.

    READ MORE
  • 3

    Sure, roast dinners are mostly a carnivorous affair, but vegetarians and vegans don’t have to miss out. Proudly touted as Melbourne’s first vegan Sunday roast, it comes with all the trimmings including a heap of roast veggies and a tasty meat-gravy. It’s also 100 percent gluten-free, so your bases are well and truly covered. If you do prefer your Sunday roast meat-filled — or half your group does — the  Golden Gate Hotel has that, too.

    READ MORE BOOK A TABLE
  • 2

    One of the oldest pubs in Melbourne, the Grace Darling Hotel is a Collingwood institution — and you could say the same thing about its famous roast. Available from noon every Sunday, this hearty affair features a rotating lineup of prime cuts along with all your regular favourites, served in a sturdy cast iron pot. Not bad for $26. It also has vegetarian and vegan options (you are on Smith Street, after all) along with a very healthy selection of beers on tap. 

    READ MORE BOOK A TABLE
  • 1

    Long considered one of Melbourne’s go-to steak destinations, The Station Hotel sure knows how to make a good piece of meat shine. And that also means the kitchen’s got the goods when a proper Sunday roast is on the cards. Hit this gorgeous heritage pub from 12pm each week and enjoy a plateful of roasted goodness, with all the must-have trimmings and sides — for just $29. There’s a new wintry menu up for grabs each week, and a solid lineup of Aussie wines and craft beers to match. If you’d like to splash a little more cash, round up at least three friends and order the pub’s suckling pig special on the first Sunday of each month for $55 — which includes unlimited roast sides.

    READ MORE BOOK A TABLE

Top image: Golden Gate Hotel.

  •   shares
      shares
  • VIEW COMMENTS
Tap and select Add to Home Screen to access Concrete Playground easily next time. x