A Melbourne based writer who is a travel junkie, dedicated foodie and emerging photographer.
Published February 4th 2015
Make the time to visit Time Out
Time Out Fed Square has just undergone a facelift and is back, looking fresher and brighter than ever. With its central location, outlook over some of Melbourne's favourite landmarks, and its long opening hours, Time Out will have appeal for locals and tourists alike. Add to this that Time Out is open 365 days a year, and offers an extensive international menu, and it's a winning combination.
Time Out is ideally located in Fed Square. (Image credit: David Bignell)
A first time visitor, I have to admit to having a little difficulty finding Time Out. In fact, I walked straight past it, as I swept up the stairs towards ACMI. Time Out is actually at Flinders Street level, directly across from St Paul's Cathedral, to the left of the stairs that go into the middle of Fed Square from St Kilda Road (if you're approaching from the direction of the station). Its location means that it has sweeping views of Flinders Street Station and St Paul's Cathedral, making it an ideal place to take a visitor to Melbourne.
It's quite a large cafe, with an extensive amount of outdoor seating. From some of the outdoor tables, you have a good view of the big screen at Fed Square, so it would also be a perfect place to settle in and watch the upcoming Cricket World Cup.
View towards the big screen. (Image credit: David Bignell)
My pre-visit research showed that Time Out is open 7 days, from 8am to late. Breakfast is available every day until 3pm. Share platters are available after 11.30am. There are some more substantial meals available, as well as pizzas and burgers.
Prices seem reasonable overall. To give some examples, buttermilk pancakes are $15, eggs Benedict $17, and the 'Big Fed' (big breakfast) $21. For the shared platters, you could choose from Vietnamese pulled pork sliders (2) ($14), salt and pepper calamari ($14) or veggie spring rolls ($13).
Add to these the pizzas from $20, burgers from $19, and mains from $20 - $33, and you end up with a comprehensive food offering. There's a cake list as well - choose from lemon meringue, vanilla slice or carrot cake plus others - from $7.50.
The drinks list is equally impressive, boasting no fewer than six craft beers on tap ($6 per pot), plus a range of bottled beers, ciders, wines and cocktails.
When I arrived at Time Out, my partner Dave had already found himself a table outside, and had settled in over a glass of red wine. Around him were customers who were happily eating, drinking and chatting. There was a positive feel to the place. Our friendly waitress, Rayne, was quick to offer me a drink and bring a menu.
As mentioned before, it's an extensive menu, and, a little overwhelmed by choice, I asked Rayne for a recommendation. I took up her suggestion of the warm Thai chicken salad: Thai marinated chicken breast, cucumber, capsicum, peanuts, carrot, onion, bean sprouts, lettuce, coriander and mint tossed with chilli with a coconut and lime dressing, $24. The meals arrived in record time.
The chicken salad was a cracker of a dish! It looked beautiful, with a generous amount of chicken and fresh herbs. The flavours were well balanced, and I loved the hit of chilli. The chicken was perfectly cooked, it was tender and moist. I greatly enjoyed it.
The warm Thai chicken salad was a hit
Dave selected the Penang Chicken Curry: Thai chicken curry with spring onions, capsicum and coconut cream served with jasmine rice and roti bread, $23. I could see he savoured every mouthful, as there was not a skerrick of food left on the plate.
Penang chicken curry
We washed down our meals with a glass of Amaris Single Vineyard Shiraz ($10) (me) and a Heartland Cabernet Sauvignon ($9) (Dave).
Alas, after our delicious meals, we only had room for a coffee each ($4), and turned down the offer of dessert.
Time Out is centrally located with sweeping city views. (Image credit: Peter Tarasuik)
We greatly enjoyed our meal at Time Out. The service was friendly and efficient, our meals were excellent and the prices fair. Add to that a positive ambience and a great location, and it's a venue I'm happy to recommend.
If that wasn't already enough of a reason to visit Time Out, come and listen to DJ Ben Jammin' and DJ Lotus playing funk, soul and hip hop beats every Friday from 3pm to kick off your weekend.