Richmond – Worker’s Guide for food and coffee

[Updated in April 2018]

I eat more often in Richmond (and surrounds) than anywhere else which directly results from living and working in this glorious area.

The biggest revelation when I started working at my new job was not the midnight global calls, or five weeks of annual leave, but my work colleagues are all lovers of food! I have had more diversity and regularity of lunches out in Richmond than in the CBD where I worked for 5 years!

Here’s the script I was provided from day one. “We have our regulars that are tried and tested, we occasionally try new places, and we have some special places for team/occasion lunches.” I found that there were the regulars, and several others were “on rotation”, with many places put aside for regular team lunches, and some restaurants for bigger occasions. In any case, I was in heaven.

Being a Richmond local, and also a food lover, I was hoping to make my own mark on these rituals and from time to time I’ve been able to provide suggestions, or offer a confident “second that” for new places. We’ve tried and had success at Lumberjack, Reunion, Baby, Top Paddock, The Stables, Town House and a host of others. In addition, The Common gladly opened across the way from our building.

So, here’s an attempt of my personal top places (and my nominated dish) for a “normal” weekday lunch in Richmond that will average out at $15-$20 for lunch with a coffee. If you have these on rotation, the working day will be that little bit sweeter! There’s no particular order by the way.

Lumberjack – whatever looks good in the cabinet
Denis The Menace – one of the baguettes
Fonda – fish and pork taco
Baby Cafe & Pizzeria – pizza to share
Top Paddock – steak sandwich
Meatball and Wine Bar – pork balls, green sauce, polenta
Nhan Ngai – pork bahn mi (ask for pate and chilli)
The Common Cafe – salami panini
Heresy – takeaway salads like the Chick Queen are fantastic

And for some of the best coffees in town go for Top Paddock, Denis The Menace, Heresy, Cheeky Monkey and Inward Goods.

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