Switch up Saturday-night rush hour for Tuesdays and lunch dates and you can eat at Melbourne's best restaurants for jack-all

The Grand Richmond

Hit the bar on Wednesday, spear your half duck and guzzle your pinot like a medieval baron, knowing your wealth is secure. Richmond.

Esposito at Toofey's

An entrée and main of Maurice Esposito’s sustainable seafood is yours at lunchtime for $30. Jesus would be impressed. Carlton.

Attica

Chef Ben Shewry tests new dishes on a Tuesday. That’s a brain you want to be in, so volunteer as his guinea pig and save $30 on the usual five-course menu. Ripponlea.

Maha Bar and Grill

Kill mid-week work rage with a numbing food coma. A suitably laden mezze plate of dips’n’bits followed by lamb shoulder Maltese-style ought to do it. Melbourne.

The Press Club

Whether you love or hate George Calombaris’s shiny dome, you can’t knock his noggin for business sense. Two courses of Greek glory for $37 make lunch at Press a prime CBD option. Melbourne.

Café Di Stasio

A two-course lunch in the heart of St Kilda, including a glass of wine and coffee for less than the price of a single standard Di Stasio dish. Boom! St Kilda.

Mamasita

Bugger the queue. Rock up after 10.45pm for a taco party. You get fried tortillas, the compulsory corn, and a double serve of tacos and quesadillas for $22. El cheapo! Melbourne.

The Point

Your squid-ink risotto comes with an entrée or dessert, a glass of vino and the best view of the extra showoffy runners lapping Albert Park lake. Albert Park.

Sapore

Winter’s a bitch. Still, early week antipasti, hearty wagyu papardelle, tiramisu and a glass of vino for a mere $45 in deepest St Kilda is ace. St Kilda.

Cutler and Co

You’ll need a pal to come, but the custom Sunday menus of shared starters followed by a main and dessert is the cheapest (and least girth-damaging) way to do Cutler. Fitzroy.

 

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