An excellent wine list spans the globe, with delights such as Hugel Pinot Blanc from Alsace, France ($48) to great homegrown representations from the Eden, Tamar and King valleys. While the vino is reasonably priced, remember when you're handing over $4.50 for a pot of Carlton to turn to the river and just… breath.
Riverland's piece de resistance is their outdoor kitchen. Here grab a gourmet snag, ($8, organic no less), with a generous helping of sauerkraut. During footy season, indulge in a pie floater ($8.50).
On Friday nights, be prepared to fraternise with a significant proportion of the city's workers. On the weekends, the tourists are easily spotted thumbing through their guide books while taking in the Yarra River kayakers and the Arts Centre backdrop.
Rachel Cook, March 2010