Your three new favourite lunch spots

Lunchtime in the city can be a daunting hour. Luckily this week, new spots abound to cater for such eating anxiety.

John Yip in his new restaurant Peasant. Picture / Babiche Martens.

1. A new injection on Dominion Rd's epic Asian strip is John Yip's Vietnamese restaurant Peasant (above) at number 191.

Serving Vietnamese street food in an elegant bistro environment, chef Yip, who had been working in his uncle's Chinese restaurant in Sydney, has teamed up with head chef Willie Ngyuen, formerly of Teed St Larder and The Grove, and his brother Simon Yip in front of house.

Open for lunch and dinner serving Vietnamese favourites such as bahn mi, rice paper rolls, and delicious-sounding plates like stuffed squid, pork, chestnut, coriander, paprika oil. Are you drooling yet?

2. Greedy Guts (below), just opened at 44 Wellesley St West, and is owned by Sam Richardson and Lily Deng, previously of Dominion Rd's Cereal Killa cafe. Deng, a talented barista, is serving Atomic coffee.

The food menu is titled "For The Hungry", and consists of moreish salads such as smoked fish with quinoa, cress, potatoes and herbs, open sandwich options, and all-day breakfast dishes.

It's easy to foresee this cafe's future. No doubt the hungry will flock here to properly nourish themselves, without feeling the time restraint of a proper sit-down lunch.

Sam Richardson and Lily Deng in their new cafe Greedy Guts. Picture / Babiche Martens.

3. Further downtown, underneath our new favourite tapas bar The Black Hoof, is Misters Real Food, from newcomers Fraser Jamieson and Alex Brayne, formerly in marketing and production at Federation clothing respectively.

It's set to open this week at 12 Wyndham St for breakfast, lunch and smoothies, with a delicious-sounding gluten-free menu and their own house blend of coffee. 

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