In a suburb that prides itself on exceptional pub fare, the Marquis of Lorne is a cut above the rest. While Sunday’s $20 roast is a changing affair, the menu mainstay of crisp roast chicken with potato mash in a rich lentil gravy is well worth ordering any day of the week. All that’s left is to nab yourself a seat by the fire.
411 George Street, Fitzroy
While at $50, The Estelle’s roast may be on the pricier end of the Sunday spectrum but oh, is it worth every cent. Not just any old roast, this is a stately three-course meal that comes complete with your choice of a glass of wine, beer or cocktail. Menu voyeurs will be happy to hear that each week’s dishes go up online in advance. Just don’t look on an empty stomach. You could have a French confit duck leg one week or a lamb shoulder with cauliflower couscous the next.
243-245 High Street, Northcote
For those who prefer their roast with a side of ocean views, The Exchange Hotel in Port Melbourne draws people from all over the city for their cult $20 Sunday special. On offer from midday until sold out (and believe us when we say it does), choose between three meats paired with the classic home-style sides of carrots, peas, parsnip and potato.
39 Bay Street, Port Melbourne
Proof that sometimes, West is best, Footscray’s Station Hotel has garnered a reputation for the finest beef in Melbourne. The $29 Sunday lunch is prime time to load up on roast steak with all the trimmings. And we mean, all of them, with moreish sides like cauliflower gratin and classic mash further sealing the deal.
59 Napier Street, Footscray
As its name might suggest, The Roast Kitchen does one thing. And it sure does it well. Offering a warming hit of nostalgia, this Kew eatery serves up chicken, pork, lamb, turkey and beef weekly, all dripping in lush red wine gravy. On Sundays, they lay out all the stops complete with Yorkshire pudding for $24.50. There’s even apple crumble, if you can make room for it.
259 High Street, Kew
Here’s proof that Sunday roast can indeed be an exotic affair. Lezzet Anatolian Kitchen’s specialty is a 24-hour slow-cooked lamb that’s so tender – you won’t quite know what to do with yourself. A local icon, this celebrated dish is best enjoyed as part of a $55 four-course meal. It’s meat and veg, but not like you know it.
77-81 Brighton Road, Elwood
With its polished dark wood interiors, kitsch Tropicana décor and humming ceiling fans, Fitzroy North’s Neighbourhood Wine has created its very own brand of laidback colonial chic. Beyond their celebrated drinks list, this upmarket local has become a favourite thanks to a winning $40 Sunday roast. Changing with the weather and best season produce available, this three-course Sunday special is not to be missed.
1 Reid Street, Fitzroy North
Why should carnivores have all the fun? Carlton’s premier vegetarian pub – the aptly named Green Man’s Arms – might not serve up a traditional Sunday roast, but it sure does deliver big on flavour. From slow-baked carrots to caramelised pumpkin, the inventive menu features all the components to build yourself the kind of hearty meal that won’t be forgotten anytime soon.
418 Lygon Street, Carlton