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Time Out's tips for the perfect Friday work lunch

Dining with co-workers can be awful or awesome, and a lot of it has to do with picking the right venue. Where you go will depend on where you work but here are our tips to point you in the right direction.

The George: South Melbourne

The George crew don't even flinch if everyone asks to pay separately. Try and get the big table out the back and go the chicken burger. South Melbourne.

Gold Leaf Yum Cha

It's a quick, cheap, high-variety option where everyone can drink tea and get back to work. Pick an order-boss and go hard on a mix of dumplings, steamed broccoli and pork buns. Docklands.

Lucky Coq

The pizza is cheap as chips ($4!) and pretty decent. You can share, but we like to fold our cos lettuce and bacon-topped Caesar into a giant pizza taco. There's a rootftop courtyard for sun lovers and smokers. Windsor.


Fussy group? The Prahran, Queen Victoria and South Melbourne food markets are all open on Fridays, so tell everyone to get their own dim dims, boreks or paella and meet in a nearby park. Around Melbourne.

Misschu: Melbourne

No time to get out of the office? Get Misschu to bring a Vietnamese rice-paper roll party to you. Melbourne.

The Napier Hotel

They have a courtyard and serve everything from chicken parmas to deep-dish pies in double-plus-size with a good selection of craft beers on the side. Fitzroy.

Mrs Parma's

Winner of Time Out's parma challenge, this ski lodge-esque house of crumbed goods caters to vegetarians and carnivores alike, and is built for big groups. It's a pricier option (expect to pay $20 for your parma), but the little Victorian craft beer selection is killer. Melbourne.

Paco's Tacos

Team Movida turned a shipping container into a taco hut last year, which means you can claim the sunny terrace outside Movida Aqui for fish tacos, tunes and cervezas smack bang in the middle of the CBD. Melbourne.


They serve up fat burgers and cheesy quesadillas beneath the stripy umbrellas of what is possibly the city's prettiest courtyard. Melbourne.


The cardinal rules of the work pub lunch

Don't pick somewhere expensive – unless someone's got a company card and either has permission to use it, or is kamikaze quitting
Don't be exclusive. You want a courtyard for tabacco fans, and a menu that caters for vegos, lactose-fearers, and glutenorexics
Don't go somewhere with slow service – spreadsheet chit-chat runs out fast
Don't go to a titty bar
Do pay for your interns. You can use it against them when they complain about being under-appreciated
Do set the agenda – are you drinking? How much? Are you going back to work? When?
Do make sure there's good beer and cheep beer in case you get stuck in rounds
Do go to a schnitty bar – chicken breasts are the only battered mammaries you should share with your colleagues

Updated on 10 Dec 2014.

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