22 Ridgeway Place (Lane off Little Collins St, between Exhibition and Spring)
Danielle and I had a quick lunch here a little while back, to catch up on work gossip and also tick Liaison off my wishlist (it had been sitting there for quite a while!). For a while we were a little concerned we wouldn’t find this place, but finally located the colourful stools down a lane at the side of the imposing brick wall that keeps the chauvinist men of the male-only Melbourne Club nicely walled away from the rest of us.
The lunch menu is short but sweet, a collection of what’s fresh and available. There is a salad or two, a soup in winter, and a bunch of sandwiches. The coffee is excellent, well at least it was when we were there (top lattes) but I’ve heard reports it can be inconsistent.
I got talked into the meatball wrap by the friendly staff, mainly because the chicken sandwich I was originally going to go for felt boring. It took a little while to arrive but when it did it was warmed and lightly toasted, and the flavour inside was scrumptious. Pecorino cheese and mayonnaise brought the savoury flavours and the lemon juice cut through the other ingredients providing some much needed tang.
Danielle had the tuna salad, which I had a mouthful of and decided was delicious also. Tuna salad is something I overdosed on last year when being a real scrooge and living off $1 cans of tuna, but I need to point out here: Liaison’s version is eleventy thousand times better than mine. And packed with protein.