Where to enjoy a long lunch with waterfront views
It’s hard to think of a better way to wile away a weekend than a long lunch with friends - other than of course adding a beautiful waterside setting and a free bottle of wine into the mix.
Cucina Vivo, Gold Coast
The Gold Coast’s Cucina Vivo lets you indulge in just that. Settle in on the terrace overlooking the pool at The Star, catch up with friends and meander your way through your meal in the way Italians do so well – wine firmly in hand. Start by grazing on the chef’s antipasto selection before scattering hand-made pasta and wood-fired pizzas made fresh in front of you, down the table. The risotto frutti di mare made with local seafood and the braised duck gnocchi with artichoke and roasted squash pair perfectly with a crisp bottle of prosecco. And for the red drinkers, the combination of a thin crust pistachio pizza with truffle bechamel, mozzarella, mortadella, and basil, and a bottle of light but flavoursome pinot noir - free for Citi card holders - can’t be beaten.
Mister Walker, Perth
A long overdue catch up with friends calls for grazing and a steady stream of good quality wine, and the menu at Mister Walker on Mends Street Jetty in Perth is purpose-built for exactly that. Offering a vast selection of share plates and nibbles, as a Citi cardholder you can treat your friends to a free bottle of wine while you pick at lemon and chilli squid, grilled WA octopus tataki, or for the vegetarians, tempura asparagus. Catering to all tastes, Mister Walker offers ocean, meat and vegetarian platters to share and a sizeable list of quality but affordable wines. With the water as your backdrop and good company in tow, this is an easy place to settle in for the day.
The Merrywell, Melbourne
If you’re planning an interstate jaunt to visit family or friends it’s important to make every moment and every meal on the holiday count. For a waterside lunch spot in Melbourne, look no further than The Merrywell, where you can take in views of the Yarra from the terrace. Kick off lunch with smoky tequila guacamole, moorish Japanese fried chicken with sesame and yuzu kosho mayo, and charred octopus and chorizo skewers with spicy chimichurri to share. Pause for a digestive intermission to savor the bold flavour and zero cost of a bottle of pinot noir, which really calls for a black angus porterhouse or juicy double beef patty burger with all the classic toppings for main.
Ormeggio at the Spit, Sydney
Visiting Sydney, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to spectacular outlooks, but a free bottle of wine for Citi cardholders certainly makes for an easy decision. Boasting two chef’s hats in the Good Food Guide 2019 and views that deserve their own accolades, at Ormeggio at The Spit you will get lost in the moment staring out over Middle Harbour and Pearl Bay. Committed to showcasing quality Australian produce and wines, Ormeggio is a great spot to enjoy unique food and wine pairings such as kangaroo with chorizo mayonnaise and puffed amaranth, well paired with a medium-bodied red, or the spanner crab and macadamia tagliolini, deserving of a light yet buttery chardonnay.
While not necessarily waterside, other notable settings where you can enjoy a free bottle of wine include:
- The Balfour Kitchen, New Farm, QLD - enjoy a modern Vietnamese lunch on the veranda of this quintessential Queenslander or head to the rooftop to take in the views.
- Otto Ristorante, Brisbane, QLD - a vibrant and fun setting overlooking the Brisbane river, the simplicity of this Southern Italian menu certainly doesn’t sacrifice on flavour.
- Long Chim, Perth - the quirky courtyard sets the scene for a menu channeling Thai street food.
Looking to plan your next culinary adventure? Make sure to peruse the hundreds of partner restaurants across the country where you’re entitled as a Citi cardholder to a free bottle of wine.