Wallet Friendly South Wharf Lunches

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With winter underway, how to keep out of the cold becomes top of mind for most people. Grab the beanies, gloves, scarves and thick socks, but don’t forget about inner warmth. The easiest way to get that is to find a hearty, cost-effective lunch in the Yarra River Precinct.

This month we turn our attention – and stomachs – to the heritage quarter of South Wharf, where a long row of eateries in the heritage maritime cargo sheds provides some very reasonably priced and delicious lunch-time fare.

Having a shopping spree in DFO South Wharf ? -  then why would you settle for a quick bite on a plastic plate in the food court when there is so much on offer in great dining spaces only a minute’s walk away, along the riverfront, for not much more money.

Rich Thai curries and spicy dishes are a good place to start. BangPop’s $19 lunch special Monday to Friday includes rice and the traditional Thai dishes on offer rotate every week.


Akachochin offers great options of traditional izakaya lunches for $20 every day which are very popular for people looking for a healthy and quick lunch.  https://www.akachochin.com.au/20-lunch-set

Hearty food is the theme at Meat Market, where the Monday to Friday lunches start from $14 and include a wine, beer or soft drink. On weekends Meat Market does a $24 share board as well – great for grazing.  Meat Market’s Sunday roast for only $39 includes a glass of 19 Crimes wine.   https://meatmarketsouthwharf.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Express_Menu_MM_Lunch_May19.pdf

Common Man does a classic workers lunch from 12 to 3pm. It’s $19 for pub style meals, which include a beer or wine. If you want to rug-up and greet the weather, then the Common Man Winter Fire Garden out front of the restaurant runs until the end of September, with some great snack-type meals to enjoy around the open outdoor fire places. 


If there is winter sun to be had on South Wharf, then one of the best locations to be enjoying lunch is at The Boatbuilders Yard. While they don’t have specific lunch specials, one of their favourite, low-cost munchies is the almost famous Haloumi Fries, with pomegranate labne and sesame dukkah for just $13 a plate. For something a little heartier for winter you can’t go past their classic chicken and chips, featuring a free range half chicken, chicken gravy, and lemon thyme salt for $26. Grab a riverside indoor seat and enjoy that winter sun streaming in through the windows.


There is something warming just being inside a classic pub for a winter lunch, and South Wharf’s General Assembly has heritage in spades. It can provide a box-baked Camembert Wheel with honey, thyme, walnut bread for $17. If your budget can stretch to $88 for two people, then let your hair down with a Grand South Wharf platter, which gloriously features salmon rillettes, smoked kingfish, freshly shucked oysters, tiger prawns, gochujang mussels, tarragon butter grilled Moreton Bay bug, cider battered snapper, with a Marie Rose sauce.


Parking is never a problem at South Wharf. The multi-storey carpark is only 100 metres from the riverfront and is open early till very late. Don’t forget to ask your restaurant for a 50% off parking voucher, so that what you save on parking you can devote to more delicious winter eating.