Whether you're packing family or just a hangover, these are our picks for a fuss-free Sunday session...

The Commoner

Yep, they’re still the champions of the Sunday roast at Fitzroy’s cosy mod-Brit bistro. The team are friendly, your goat/beef/duck is wood fired in the courtyard oven so it’s always got that smoky edge, and they’re sticklers for produce (suppliers are regularly re-interviewed), so you’re guaranteed quality beast and some amazing local booze like super-dry Bress cider. Fitzroy.

Golden Dragon Palace

We define family-friendly as no-one getting in trouble for spilling the tea. Since it’s Sunday and you’ve got time, do the voyage to the outer ’burbs for serious yum cha action. Golden Dragon in Templestowe offers fast, delicious chaos, worth the trek for tasty open-faced pork siu mai with XO sauce – king of spicy dippers – and the softest mango pancakes in the city. Lower Templestowe.

St Katherine’s

They sway Middle Eastern and little Greek at this joint, so expect all the group- and family-friendly dishes that entails. You’ll get a hands-in four-course shared feast of say, dips, pickled eggplant, calamari, pulses and spit-roast chicken all liberally doused with chilli, parsley and citrus. Kew.

Middle Park Hotel

Chef Paul Wilson may love playing Mexican (see Acland Street Cantina) but he’s a Brit, and on Sundays, his dark and swarthy gastro-pub dishes up a meat-heavy serve of roasted beast backed up by treacle tart. Your $55 gets you a ticket to a party of crackling capped Tamworth pork with pimped out sides and bread and butter pudding. BYO cardiologist. Middle Park.

The Local Taphouse

Got a posse of ten? Outsource the Sunday legwork to the Local Taphouse. They’ll do you up a beef rib rack, or beer-can chicken with all the trimmings and let you serve yourselves. You’ll have access to the best craft beer menu in town and, if you book the downstairs room, the bocce pitch. St Kilda East.


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