Loose Change Lunch – Village Belle Hotel

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By Ravenous Renee

Always on the lookout for a decent lunchtime feed that’s going to satisfy my tummy as much as my wallet, I was happy when I recently discovered some great lunch time deals at St Kilda’s iconic Village Belle. A renown locals haunt in St Kilda; this bistro, bar and pub (with attached bottle shop) does a fantastic Monday to Friday lunchtime, bistro special (from 12pm to 4pm) that is worth stopping by for.

Of the six items on offer on the specials menu, all priced at $12 or less (bargain), I opted for the Chicken Wrap (chicken and avocado toasted wrap, $10), and I was more than happy with my choice. Out came a very decent serving of two portions of wrap, served with a generous side of golden-crispy (think Bird’s Eye like) chips, with some aioli on the side. Okay, so perhaps not the healthiest of options I’d planned for (considering there was no mention of roti bread, cheese, mayo or chips on the menu), all could be forgiven though when my wrap and chips tasted this damn good.

Gratefully amazed by the generous serving size and substance of the dish, there was definitely no squandering on the chicken or quality of ingredients inside. I was more that satisfied, if not a little full, after devouring most of what was given up to me. The lightly pan fried chicken tenderloins encased, were warm and succulently tender, and with the grated, half melted, cheddar cheese smouldering in with the creamy mayo and salad, it was a truly moorish delight. Add the chips and aioli, and well, let’s just be thankful it was Friday.

Other alluring items on the Village Belle’s lunch specials menu to try are: the BLT, Pulled Pork Roll, Chicken Focaccia, Fish and Chips, and Spaghetti Carbonara. And on the down-low, there are some great dinner deals worth sussing out too. Sshh… and if all that isn’t enough, your dining in A-grade, prime St Kilda location, directly facing all the action of Acland Street and Barkly Street combined. Can’t get much better than that – well actually, maybe you can… anyone for a drink?


Village Belle Hotel

202 Barkly Street, St Kilda

Ph: (03) 9534 2200


Opening Hours:

Monday to Wednesday 9am – 1am

Thursday to Saturday 9am – 3am

Sunday 10am-12am


Bistro Opening Hours:

Monday to Sunday 12pm – 9.30pm

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