It’s tennis season again, which means the Australian Open is just around the corner. Cue nail-biting moments, a lot of sunscreen and the world’s best players battling it out at Rod Laver Arena. Thankfully, some of Melbourne’s most recognisable eateries are coming together to feed the crowds once again this year.
Japanese-inspired Nobu is back for another round on Riverside Terrace, as is Neil Perry’s Rockpool, which will be plating up some of the best local produce for a three course, five-star fine dining experience. Beatbox Kitchen will be serving its beloved burgers and fries in the Food Truck Park at the AO Live Stage, while Penfolds Magill Estate will take up residence at swish function venue Glasshouse during the second week of the tournament, complete with executive chef Scott Huggins and his team.
Here are some other notable kitchens that’ll be popping up at the Open in January.
Lomah This Mediterranean-influenced restaurant (Lomah stands for “land of milk and honey”) is the creation of one of Australia’s youngest hatted chefs, Charlie Carrington, also of Atlas Dining. Carrington plans to serve up healthy, delicious, quick food for tennis fans. That means build-your-own pitas and salads, and the Mediterranean grazing tray for two with hummus, falafels, salads, pickles, nuts, charcuterie, cheeses and pita bread. Lomah will be located at the Grand Slam Oval (GSO) North.
400 Gradi Melbourne pizza don Johnny Di Francesco brings a game-set-match-winning swathe of classic Italian pizzas to the AO once again this year. Try a classic Margherita, a Romana or the AO ham and mushroom. The pies pair perfectly with an Aperol Spritz, which is why 400 Gradi is located next to Aperol at Garden Square.