Melbourne

Charcoal Fish, Supernormal, Nomad, and More Offer Up Delicious Food at the Australian Open

Something for everyone.


The Australian Open is well and truly back, running from Monday 16 January right through until the Australian Open final on Sunday 29 January. As always, Melbourne is up and about as International tennis stars hit the city and fans can enjoy an uninterrupted tournament this year.

While plenty happens on court—albeit less with the withdrawal of Nick Kyrgios—there’s plenty that happens off court around Melbourne Park as well. Some of Australia’s best restaurants and bars will be setting up shop at the Australian Open in 2023, with the likes of Josh Niland’s Charcoal Fish and iconic Flinders Lane restaurant Supernormal headlining a list of 25 restaurants on-site.

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Venues can be found at Garden Square, Grand Slam Oval, John Cain Arena, the Western Courts, Rod Laver Arena Terraced, and The Glasshouse.

Here are the best food options at the 2023 Australian open.

  • Charcoal Fish | Josh Niland brings his famous fish and chips down from Sydney for this year’s Australian Open. Find Charcoal Fish at the Australian Open Beach Bar
  • Karkalla | Masterchef alumni Mindy Woods takes over the Western Courts with a thoughtful Indigenous food offering
  • Rocco’s Bologna Discoteca | Cult sandwiches from Rocco’s will hit Grand Slam Oval, do not miss this Italian food to go
  • Elsie’s | Indian food is on the menu at Elsie’s, find it at Grand Slam Oval
  • Canadian Club Racquet Club | Find the club on the AO Hilltop with great views across Melbourne
  • Supernormal | Pricey, but worth it with Supernormal serving up some absolute classics
  • Supernormal Terrace | A more casual option for Supernormal. Do yourself a favour and grab the famous lobster roll
  • Oasis Bakery | Halloumi pies, Lebanises fried chicken, and peach and raspberry soft serve can all be found at Melbourne’s cult bakery/supermarkets set up at the Australian Open.
  • Nomad | Mediterranean and Middle Eastern flavours abound at Nomad’s Aus Open restaurant which also has a rooftop bar
  • Stokehouse | Summery St Kilda icon has bookings from $320 and we guarantee you won’t leave hungry

Check out everything else happening at the Australian Open here.

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Melbourne

The Best Sandwiches To Chow Down On In Melbourne

More than just ham and cheese.

Some say sandwiches are really having their moment, but did they ever go out of style? 

A sandwich is one of the world’s most simple culinary pleasures. Whoever first decided that putting stuff between bread means a yum time is a gosh darn genius. Although sandwiches can seem simple to make, there are people out there that have been studying the art of the sandwich and it shows.

The difference between a good sandwich and a shit sandwich is huge. We don’t want you to suffer, so we’ve put a list together of our favourite sandwiches in Melbourne.

Here are the best sandwiches in Melbourne right now.

Hanoi Hannah’s Drip Drop Banh Mi 

Windsor

The Drip Drop Banh Mi is Hanoi Hannah’s new lunch sandwich that is messy in all the right ways. Think white bread roll with a crispy crust and soft centre, laced with pâtĂ© and lemongrass satay sauce and a nice juicy hunk of lemongrass chargrilled chicken.

Most importantly, a warm pho-inspired gravy is served on the side to dip, drizzle or drown the sandwich. This mouth-watering sandwich is available from today, July 8, at Hanoi Hannah’s Windsor and Elsternwick locations. It’s crunchy, it’s messy, it’s fragrant and an all round multisensory, hands-on journey. Roll your sleeves up and get to it.

Dine in or take it home.

Photo: @nicos.melbourne

Nico’s Sandwich Deli’s Cubano

Fitzroy

Get your hands around this combo: smoked pork belly, grandma ham, original salad creme, picks, American mustard and cheese. Recommended to be eaten with pickled chilli and hot sauce, this Cubano is downright juicy in the best way. Nico’s Sandwich Deli has a rotating menu that heroes classic flavour combinations with a little twist. You can’t really go wrong, especially if you pair your sandwich of choice with one of their Malted Caramel Shakes. It’s a whole lotta yes.

You can dine in or take away.

Photo: @stansdeli

Specials at Stan’s Deli

Malvern

Every weekend, Stan’s Sandwich Deli put up incredible sandwich specials and honestly, we can’t pick a favourite. One week you might be dazzled by a veal schnitzel bun with tomato and fennel slaw, and the next you’ll get a Jerusalem artichoke toastie with aged parmesan, horseradish mayo and Guindilla peppers. Located in the lush streets of Malvern, Stan’s has a real diner-on-an-American-highway feel to it, but slightly more aesthetically refined, refill filter coffee and all. 

Dine in or take away.

Photo: @kingwilliam_takeaway

King William’s Brigadier

Flinders Lane

This sando pulls rank on the Colonel. From a hole-in-the-wall sandwich deli in Melbourne CBD’s Flinders Lane, comes a soft white roll filled with roast free-range chicken, crispy chicken skin, traybake stuffing, zucchini slaw and their infamous secret gravy. It’s the chicken rolls of all chicken rolls. You’ve never had a chicken sandwich until you’ve had King William’s Brigadier. It’s the perfect combination of juicy chicken breast and crispy chicken skin. Should I keep going? I can.

Only available for pick-up.

Photo: @saulssandwiches

Saul’s Muffuletta

Carnegie

The Italian stallion of sandwiches. Saul’s Sandwiches do some bangin’ bites – pretty much every sandwich they do, they do right. But the Muffuletta is a fan favourite and it’s off the charts. Think stacks of mortadella, artichokes, provolone cheese, salami, pesto, spinach and chilli. It’s an antipasto board in a sandwich and it’s goddamn good. 

You can dine in or takeaway.

Photo: @palette_melbourne

Palette’s Candied Bacon & Cheese

North Melbourne

Palette in North Melbourne is inspired by Korean aesthetics and lifestyle, and they aim to bring different cultures together. Everything about this place is beautiful and delicious (especially the coffee), but we can’t get past their Candied Bacon & Cheese sando. Imagine: scrambled eggs with corn, candied bacon, sliced cheese and chilli jam in toasted brioche. Uhhh. Name a better breakfast sandwich, we’ll wait.

Available to dine in or takeaway.

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