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At the Coventry Street end of South Melbourne Market’s Food Hall, Proper & Son puts the spotlight on fresh produce that is literally at its doorstep.

Having already established himself with Black Rock’s Cafeteria, chef and owner Eugene Lavery wanted to open an eatery that truly made the most of what was on offer at the market.

Meals here are honest to the ingredients but inspired in their flavour combinations; whether it’s a sage, onion and cranberry chicken stuffing, or the combination of rosehip and mint in one of Lavery’s house-made sodas. The menu changes weekly based on seasonality, but you can always find slow-cooked meat, fresh salads, rolls and quality coffee from Toby’s Estate roasters.

While the interior is utilitarian with its high ceilings and recycled timbers, it serves to showcase the open-plan kitchen, where customers can watch their meals being made. Printed wallpaper featuring cows and chickens add some country charm. As does the use of greenery. The overall effect is of a communal and familiar space – a fitting reflection of the ethos of the market that this place calls its home.