It’s great to be back in Melbourne and funnily enough, also back in my old (work hood) of South Melbourne again too. Over the course of just under two years, not too much has changed in the city. But KooKoo is one of the new […]
I’ve had a mix of experiences with Etto across Melbourne, with the South Melbourne one being my usual go to due to proximity to my now former office. The menu is mostly pasta, wholly customisable, as well as other Italian treats and sides.
Good fitout, good service but the food needs a little tweaking over at Meatworks Co. It has the right meat qualities of a BBQ joint but not the aspect where you get full. We had a extra large group in for lunch and the staff did a great job co-ordinating all the meals. But serving sizes, so so small. A few of the guys had to get some extra snacks on the way back to the office to be full so that wasn’t as ideal. Meatworks lives up to the name and the meat options are all legit in terms of quality. The vegetarian options weren’t as satisfying for the crowd that ordered the chilli tofu option, but everything else got thumbs up from those who stuck to the recommendations.
Nestled away in a quieter part of South Melbourne, Meatworks was an easy choice of venue for our sizeable group and still offers one of the best seating options this side of town. The industrial, former garage space is light and airy for a quaint afternoon. South Melbourne of course, does already boast a high ratio of other eating establishments, many with great value lunch options. It’s fair but some of the lunch options felt too miniature. Above is the Meatworks Spring salad ($12) with rocket, tomato, onion and torn pork.
My dish was one of the lunch specials, which are priced at $12. This is a smoked pulled beef brisket pita wrap with house slaw, tomato, and chipotle mayo. Although the menu does specify a little side of fries the quantity here is quite laughable. Also, they’re really short fries. The pita wrap isn’t huge and with options like Ela-Re, the value ratio isn’t as good. The brisket is yum though.
Juan’s transitioning into a part-time vegetarian and went with one of the few meat-free options in the spicy silken tofu ($14.50). This came with smoked pumpkin, zucchini, roasted spiced peanuts, shallots, coriander and chilli sauce. It’s a pretty dish, with a lot of flavours and textures contrasting but he found it on the bland side with the dish not feeling substantial enough for a lunch main. At it’s core a few slices of garnished tofu isn’t enough for our bellies.
Quite a few of the crowd had the smoked torn pork burger ($15.50) with pork, dill pickles, melted Swiss cheese, chipotle, mayonnaise and house slaw in a milk bun. Not the cheapest burger around, but the meat was juicy, tender and highly delectable. So overall, we are fans of the meat at Meatworks, but with so much choice around it’s not quite as good in terms of bang for buck.
We were treated to a fine lunch with work partners over at O’Connell’s Hotel. The South Melbourne restaurant provides a surprisingly cosy setting with top notch serve and well prepared cuisine. From the outside it looks like your typical gastropub affair but inside the menu and […]
In spite of protest, I was summoned back to South Melbourne for a first-of-the-year lunch with the old ex-colleagues. Almost all of the team in the office, minus the social team, who weren’t that social. Paco Y Lola was our choice and we all had a […]
Got our group together for a lunch date over at Wok This Way. Cheap pricing and various asian cuisines are featured in the menus of this venue in South Melbourne. We ordered online for the ease and free bonus prawn crackers but ended up eating at the store due to immediacy of hungriness. All dishes were around the ten dollar mark and short of me, noone else was close to finishing their orders. No frills but great portions and the flavours across the dishes were nice too. The menu itself is huge and across so many styles. Not sure if everything is as equally good but we were more than content with our choices. In the food, and life.
We noticed a new store taking over the former About Yoghurt premises and just like that, Ilya Health bar came into our office lives. We popped in a few times before the end of the year, as I was hooked enough from the first visit. The range […]
Most of the office tended to give Meetbowl a miss, but I’m glad I checked out it with the food a nice change of pace from the usual. Offering authentic and possibly too authentic, Indonesian cuisine – it has a no frills feel with street […]
We hiked over to the Palace Hotel for a gigantic team group lunch. The staff did a great job of co-ordinating dishes across the twenty-plus sized squad. The quality of the fare was well, fair. The place has a great, buzzy vibe on our Friday afternoon and it’s clear to see it’s a favourite with the locals. Not necessarily worth heading in solely for the food, but definitely the atmosphere at The Palace Hotel is a good one to be in.