There’s more to the Australian Open than hitting a ball back and forth over a net. For two weeks in January, some of Melbourne’s most popular eateries are setting up shop in the Grand Slam Oval precinct to feed the hungry masses during the tournament.

Here Broadsheet peruses the menus in the different zones to see what’s to eat between matches at the Australian Open 2022.

Hawker Bites
Take a stroll along Hawker Bites to find a delicious array of street food options. Gingerboy, a CBD venue that has been serving up Southeast Asian hawker-style eats to Melbourne diners since 2006, is doing a Chiang Mai hotdog with kimchi and tamarind relish ($18.50) during the tournament. From Lucy Liu, one of Melbourne’s most exciting laneway destinations, diners can order a Korean fried chicken bao with hot mustard slaw ($18.50). CBD newcomer Robata is offering chicken yakitori, while much-loved Thai eatery Longrain is serving up not-to-be-missed salt and pepper squid ($19.50).

City Italia
From Marameo, the successor to popular Italian diner Sarti, comes fusilli cacio e pepe ($21.50). Pepe’s Italian & Liquor is serving lasagne, pork and veal bolognaise with bechamel and fresh ricotta between layers of house made pasta ($23.50). And from Brunswick East pizzeria 400 Gradi there’s a classic Margherita ($22.50) and a Napoletana with San Marzano tomatoes, fior di latte, anchovies and kalamata olives ($24.50).

Europa Lane
Stalactites, a classic Greek restaurant on Lonsdale Street, is doing a chicken souvlaki with homemade tzatziki ($18), while Fitzroy sandwich deli Nico’s offers its chicken schnitzel sandwich ($18.50) with panko-crumbed chicken thigh, salad crème, lemon and basil, the truffle mushroom melt ($17.50) with portobello mushrooms, chipotle, black truffle, taleggio, koji chimichurri on toasted country loaf and the Cubano ($18.50) – smoked pork belly, grandma leg ham, emmental cheese, American mustard and pickles.

Dumpling Corner
Dumplings – always a crowd-pleaser – come courtesy of David’s, a well-regarded Prahran eatery serving up Shanghai classics – and South Yarra yum cha favourite Oriental Teahouse. Choose from ginger prawn ($15.90), roast duck ($16.80) and vegetarian ($15.90).

This article is produced by Broadsheet in partnership with Tennis Australia.