The Best Spots for a Boozy Bottomless Brunch in Melbourne
Swap your muesli for a mimosa, your coffee pot for endless flutes of champagne, and ruin all regular brunches forever more.
Way up near the top of that list of things we've missed during lockdown is the humble bottomless brunch. A lively weekend feast with plenty of good mates, brunch eats, free-flowing drinks and no washing up — that's a situation that's been off the menu for longer than we'd care to count this year. But now, as venues across Melbourne once again throw open their doors to dine-in customers, the bottomless brunch has made its long-awaited return. Albeit, with a few restrictions in play. Get set for scrambled eggs teamed with unlimited prosecco, or maybe a yum cha session matched with some boozy bubble tea. Here are eight Melbourne venues serving bottomless brunch to cure all your post-iso cravings.
Melbourne restaurants, bars and cafes currently have capacity limits in place, so booking brunch in advance is a good idea. For more information about the status of COVID-19 and the current restrictions, head over to the Department of Health and Human Services website.
LULU WHITE, SOUTH YARRA
This South Yarra cafe wasted zero time bringing back its long-running bottomless brunch — the popular deal is not only back in action, but available seven days a week. With a few tasty updates in place, mind you. Now clocking in at $85 a head, this feast will see you tuck into a parade of modern brunch-style canapés — think, brioche prawn rolls, fried chicken and waffles, and barbecued corn croquettes — matched to two hours of free-flowing booze. We're talking mimosas, rosé sangria, espresso martinis and a rotating 'cocktail of the month'. You can book this one for groups of up to six per table, and the whole group needs to be partaking in the brunch action.
BODEGA UNDERGROUND, CBD
Bodega Underground's famed Mexican-inspired bottomless brunch has again made its long-awaited return, now taking over the CBD taqueria every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with seatings at 11.30am, 1.30pm and 3.30pm. Book your crew in for a brunchtime fiesta for $69 and you'll enjoy a lively five-course spread featuring favourites like house-made brisket tacos, chicken chilaquiles, and chilli and lime-salted wings. Even dessert is taken care of: classic churros paired with lashings of coconut dulce de leche. And to drink, there's 90 minutes of bottomless Mexican-themed sips, including Bodega's go-to Mexi-mimosas.
EVIE'S BAR & DINER, FITZROY
Not even lockdown 2.0 could suppress the sparkly disco vibes of Evie's for too long. Nor, for that matter, its bottomless brunch, which has been reborn and is now yours to enjoy between 10am and 3pm every Saturday and Sunday. Book in for one of these 90-minute brunch parties and you'll find yourself enjoying your choice of bold brunch dish; perhaps the fried chicken and waffles, or french toast teamed with bacon and loads of maple syrup. There are vegan and gluten free options aplenty, too, while the booze offering runs to unlimited serves of mimosas, bloody marys and sparkling wine. And you'll part with just $49 for both food and drinks.
ZERO MODE, BOX HILL
The masters of envelope-pushing, innovative fare at Box Hill's Zero Mode are back. And they're serving up a very impressive bottomless brunch situation to match. This one's on offer from 11am to 2pm each day, priced at $49 a head. For that, you'll score your choice of two crafty side dishes (chicken karaage or king salmon sashimi, for example) or one main plate — maybe chilli scrambled eggs with twice-cooked salmon and crispy leek, or the fried chicken and waffles matched with Sriracha maple bacon. Also included in your feast is 90 minutes of free-flowing cocktails, beer and wine. Just be sure to save room in there for one of Zero Mode's indulgent cream cakes.
FARGO & CO, RICHMOND
Fargo & Co's bottomless brunch is a long-held weekend ritual that's made its much-anticipated comeback just in time for the balmy days of summer. The Richmond venue's dishing up a new edition of its legendary boozy brunch feasts, so you'd best round up the crew. These two-hour sittings run Saturdays and Sundays from 11am, clocking in at $65 a head. Brunch plate options run to the likes of a bacon and egg burger with hash brown nuggets, a Kewpie-laced lobster and prawn roll, and the North Cali tostada with Tasmanian salmon or roasted eggplant. And to match, you can look forward to a couple of hours of unlimited beers, prosecco and mimosas.
SI SENORITA, FITZROY
Si Senorita's Mexican take on the classic bottomless brunch is the weekend fiesta your iso-weary self has been craving. On offer from noon every Saturday and Sunday, one of these 90-minute sessions will set you back just $50 for a bellyful of eats and drinks. Expect a parade of corn chips teamed with house-made salsas, as well as a variety of cheesy quesadillas, stuffed with the likes of sautéed mushrooms or grilled chicken. All of this comes paired with unlimited sangria, mimosas and zingy micheladas, of course, plus bottomless jugs of the weekly-changing feature cocktail.
JAMU DINING, RICHMOND
For a bottomless brunch feast that blends classic Asian flavours with a modern Aussie twist, lock in a visit to Richmond's Jamu Dining. Its free-flowing spread is on offer every Saturday and Sunday, with two-hour sittings kicking off at 11.30am, 1.30pm and 3.30pm both days. Or, you might prefer the newly added 3–5pm Friday sitting. For $69, you'll sit down to unlimited serves of crispy chicken karaage, plump dumplings and bao, teamed with a roster of bottomless sips that includes tap beer, Pimm's, prosecco, mimosas and rosé. And if you fancy infusing your brunch with a few summery vibes, Aperol and strawberry spritz varieties are also up for grabs.
DILLY DALY, SOUTH YARRA
In the bright, lofty South Yarra space that's home to Dilly Daly, bottomless brunch is earning itself quite the following. This dining situation is available every day of the week, with 90-minute sittings kicking off at 9am, 11am and 1pm. Part with $63 and you'll get your choice of brunch plate — perhaps the crispy bacon and egg crumpets, or a serve of choc chip mocha hotcakes teamed with coffee cream and biscuit crumb. You'll also score bottomless tea and batch brew coffee, as well as your choice of boozy additions, including beer, cider, wine and cocktails. Or, opt for non-alcoholic matches, like a Heineken zero-percent and a virgin mojito.
Published on November 11, 2020 by Libby Curran