Nowadays when I catch up with my girlfriends in Melbourne, the first requirement I have of a lunch venue is whether or not it’s child-friendly. My friend Beth never goes past avocado on toast, and the Boatbuilders Yard are certainly not stingy with their servings! Having missed my opportunity to grab a McDonald’s hash brown at the airport as I had to run to my gate to make the flight, I settled for a side order of potato and parsnip latkes to fulfil my need for fried potatoes.
My friend Katy showed up a little bit later with her newborn Selena and ordered this beautiful plated Summer Bruschetta with wonderfully coloured heirloom tomatoes scattered around the plate. We finished off our meal with a few desserts from their dessert cabinet…and in actual fact, we actually got two serves, as the waiter accidentally brought out the desserts twice!
I'm Amanda - an Australian overindulgent food lover, imperfect home cook, and food blogger currently travelling around Europe until April 2016. As the days get longer and the sun gets hotter there's no better way to cool off, unwind and spend time with friends than with an ice cold beer at a local beer garden. Pop into a leafy city courtyard, enjoy a brew and a BBQ overlooking the Yarra River, or while away the afternoon on a lush green lawn with crisp beers, fresh local seafood and breathtaking bayside views. Relax on the terrace amidst the stunning scenery of the Ovens River and choose from six mountain-crafted beers along with seasonal varieties. Stop for a pint at this once-dreary country pub, now boasting a wide range of craft beers, lush green gardens, and friendly atmosphere to match.

Walk down from Princes Bridge and join the merry throng along the banks of the Yarra River.
Choose from a list of local and imported craft beers and complement your ales with simple brasserie meals designed to be shared with friends.
Set amid the tree-lined streets of North Carlton, this reinvigorated classic has been keeping the locals refreshed since its opening way back in 1883. Located close to the CBD in South Wharf, Melbourne's vibrant hospitality, and convention precinct, this space is ideal for corporate or private events and has the convenience of affordable parking and easy accessibility to public transport. We're professional and thorough, but offer something a bit different for clients with an emphasis on creating a relaxed and fun environment. With one toddler and one infant now a part of our regular catch-ups (I can’t believe my friends are having babies!), room to maneuver a pram in-between tables is as important a requirement as good food.
Luckily for me and my waistline though, these were healthy hotcakes made of ricotta, goji berries and buckwheat. It became even more beautiful when she sliced into the perfectly poached egg, and the yolk came oozing out over the bruschetta! Prices are reasonable, and service is friendly and generous with an extra serve of dessert! From city hideaways and historic pubs to riverside, lakeside and bayside beer gardens, there are plenty of options to keep you refreshed all year long.

Our delicious food and thoughtfully developed drink packages are designed to make the planning of your event as easy as possible. With a side order of mushrooms for a bit of protein ($3.50 for a serve), this meets all the requirements of a healthy, herbed, hearty breakfast to start the day off right.
Topped with quark (similar to a cream cheese), blackberries and chia seeds, this was a virtuous breakfast dressed up as something a bit more sinful.
It does seem like a location that may possibly get a little rowdier later in the afternoon and night, so don’t take your kids along then.
Get the gang together and try out some of the favourites listed below or hit the road and put together your own list. While the buckwheat mix resulted in a hotcake texture that I wasn’t quite familiar or comfortable with, all the elements on the plate worked really well together.

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