ANZAC Day is one of Australia's most important national occasions. It marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War.
Since the 1930s, Australian's have celebrated ANZAC Day with a country-wide public holiday and a variety of rituals including dawn vigils, marches, memorial services, reunions, and two-up games. While celebrated across the country, ANZAC Day means something different to each individual. For some, a breakfast or lunch with family or friends is their way of commemorating the day, saying thank you to their countrymen and showing enjoyment for all that they fought for.
Thinking of heading out for breakfast or lunch in Melbourne this ANZAC Day? Here are a few of our recommendations.
Bluestone is a fine representation of what modern Australia is – a multicultural nation that embraces all that come to its shores. The food is a mix of Asian, European, French, Italian, Korean, Mediterranean, Mexican, Spanish, and of course, Australian. Winning award after award for its unique Australian flavours, you'll find delights such as cured emu, beetroot carpaccio, chevre, macadamia and kangaroo. To make the most of this, be sure to opt for the 8-course degustation menu.
Established in 1853, the Golden Gate Hotel is an iconic South Melbourne pub with a great history. Recently renovated, it now combines a contemporary dining experience with the relaxed and friendly atmosphere of a traditional pub. ANZAC Day is always a lively celebration at the Golden Gate Hotel, and diners can enjoy some great ANZAC specials and cheap beer.
Located in the heart of the city and inside the QV precinct, Meat Fish Wine is a diner's gem. Using the best of local ingredients, its focus is to create dynamic, seasonally-driven food that's paired with some incredible Australian wines. The restaurant is constantly adding new wines to the menu, and currently there are more than 500 to choose from! Why not grab a group of ten or more and opt for their very tasty set menu?
The Crafty Squire is an iconic pub and brewery in the heart of the city. It offers a warm and friendly atmosphere, great pub food, and live sport on the big screen TVs. A celebration of some of our nation's loves, The Crafty Squire is a place you can truly feel Australian on ANZAC Day. It's also Melbourne's only working microbrewery in the CBD.
If you haven't guessed already, this Port Melbourne pub is the epitome of a good old Aussie "local" and here you'll find all the fun of the ANZAC celebrations. Boasting a menu packed with all your favourite pub classics and offering an authentic atmosphere, The Local is one of the best places to eat in Port Melbourne. And considering many enlistees started their ANZAC journey from Port Melbourne, we'd say it's quite fitting that you head there for lunch.
Another great place to dine in Port Melbourne is the award-winning Exchange Hotel. An epochal venue offering bar, restaurant and function facilities, The Exchange Hotel combines style with comfort to create a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. The menu features a good mix of Australian and international dishes, hearty pub classics, and an appetising selection of share platters.
Serving specialty coffee by St. Ali – Sensory Lab with gourmet fare, Caffe La Via is a Modern Australian cafe and restaurant that's very much loved by Melbourne's foodies. The large breakfast menu is a sight to be seen, and features tasty treats such as homemade buttermilk pancakes with Nutella strawberries, whisky infused maple, honey-brushed istra bacon, fresh mascarpone, vanilla Chantilly, strawberry gel and overnight dried raspberry powder. For those preferring a more savoury-style breakfast, 'The Works' breakfast is the ideal way to finish off the dawn service.