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 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.
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.
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.
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|