Restaurants with Lunch in Australia

  • QT Kitchen

    QT Kitchen

    Melbourne foodies are flocking to modern Vietnamese restaurant QT Kitchen on Hig...

  • Cellar Door on First

    Cellar Door on First

    There's a new hot spot on the Mooloolaba food and wine scene with the openin...

  • Sangak Bread Bakery & Restaurant

    Sangak Bread Bakery & Rest...

    Step inside Sangak Bread Bakery & Restaurant in Guilford and embark on an au...

  • Twelve Stones

    Twelve Stones

    Alluring charm and historic appeal await guests at Twelve Stones on Ford Road in...

  • Pamela's Pantry

    Pamela's Pantry

    Catering for parties and events since 1978, loyal followers can now duck into Pa...

  • Choc-A-Block

    Choc-A-Block

    Blending Arabian, Asian and Australian fare with dessert decadence and shisha, C...

  • One Tree Hotel

    One Tree Hotel

    Bendigo locals wet their whistle and chow down on pub fare with flair at One Tre...

  • Terra Canberra

    Terra Canberra

    Canberra's latest produce-driven foodie destination, Terra on Marcus Clarke ...

  • Palette Diner

    Palette Diner

    Katoomba locals drop by Palette Diner on Bathurst Road, because sometimes they j...

  • The Glass Onion Society

    The Glass Onion Society

    Short to long, herbivore to carnivore – The Glass Onion Society on The Entrance ...

  • Old Green Bean

    Old Green Bean

    Finding popularity among Bendigo locals, pay a visit to Old Green Bean coffee sh...

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    Cultural Influences

    Restaurants in Australia are as diverse as they are plentiful. With a restaurant scene rich with cultural influences from Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, America and Polynesia, Australia has become a destination for restaurant buffs from around the world. While a blossoming food culture exists right throughout the country, Sydney and Melbourne are at the forefront Australia's fine dining scene. "Modern Australian" is the term used to describe our cuisine; a mix of east meets west, somewhat French, somewhat Italian, somewhat Asian. Our own unique style, but unclassifiable.

    Australian Cuisine

    There is no real discernable difference in cuisine from region to another, but influences such as italian and greek in Melbourne and asian in Darwin are noticeable. Australians love their seafood: Sydney rock oysters, Queensland sea scallops, rock lobsters and mud crabs, giant king prawns and Balmain bugs (the Balmain gug or Moreton Bay gug is a type of slipper lobster and is closely related to the rock lobsters. It is a popular crustacean commonly found in restaurants, fish markets and local fish shops), blue eye cod and Barramundi are all delicacies regularly found on menus throughout the country.

    Indigenous foods are also becoming widely recognized and available, enabling the creation of dishes such as: calamari seasoned with lemon myrtle, aniseed myrtle linguine tossed with South Australian scallops, native spinach fettuccine with crocodile, creamy bush tomato and macadamia sauce, kangaroo fillet crusted with mountain pepper, served with a pepper berry dressing and rosella flower salad. And of course there are witchetty grubs, a delicacy usually reserved for those who venture into the outback.

    Restaurant Opening Times & Reservations

    From relaxed water front cafes to internationally renowned award winning restaurants, whatever the style, Australia serves up an infinite range of culinary delights that will satisfy the most discerning palate. Every restaurant operates on their own opening & closing time but as a guide:

    • Breakfast: 7am - 10am
    • Lunch: 12noon - 2pm
    • Dinner: 6pm - 9.30pm

    Reservations are usually made by phone, fax or via the Internet. It is advisable to book award winning restaurants several days – in some instances weeks – in advance. The bill (check/cheque) includes service and tax. Tipping is optional but appreciated. If you are pleased with the service it is customary to add a tip of 5-10%.

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