Food & Culture

What food to eat at the Australian Open 2024

It's game, set, match and snack at this year's Australian Open, with a bevvy of talented chefs set to converge on Melbourne Park.

By Jordan Kretchmer
Dessert at Stokehouse's pop-up restaurant takes inspiration from the court.
Melburnians have high standards when it comes to dining, and that doesn't waver once they head to the Australian Open each year. Luckily the grand slam event surpasses these expectations year after year, and Australian Open 2024 is yet again set to serve ace eats.
Tom Sarafian will transform brunch into a must-do at Bar Atrium with a three-course meze spread, inspired by his most recent trip to Lebanon. Think fresh and pickled summer vegetables, labne, hummus, baba ghanoush, za'atar manakish, followed by a choice of fatteh; ful medames and fried eggs with awarma; followed by sweets to share. "It's the perfect opportunity to show how incredible these dishes are," says Sarafian.
Hummus by Tom Sarafian
He'll also look after the night menu, from which he's most excited to cook a basturma (Armenian cured spiced beef) toast dish. "It's definitely the closest to my heart. I grill seeded sourdough then liberally spread with fresh goat's curd, and season with tarragon, chives and dill, then top with marinated barbecued red bullhorn peppers and thinly sliced basturma," says Sarafian.
Rockpool Bar & Grill, Penfolds Restaurant and Stokehouse are all returning with bookable elevated dining experiences; Andrew McConnell's Morning Market will be slinging coffee and gourmet sandwiches again for more casual but well executed eats; while Nick & Nora's will offer cocktails and snacks.
Sandwiches by Morning Market
Making its Australian Open food program debut is the AO Courtside Bar – where punters can enjoy open-air-front-row seats, all while snacking on bar bites by Sydney chef Joel Bennetts from Bondi Beach's Fish Shop. Bennetts will fly down from Sydney for the tournament, where he's most excited to showcase his beloved prawn roll.
Other highlights include local chefs like Ross Magnaye from Serai, Jessi Singh from Daughter In Law and Scott Lord from Moonhouse who will head up food stations at Fusion Feast at the John Cain Arena.
Chefs Kantaro Okada (Hareruya Pantry), Scott Lord (Moonhouse), Jessi Singh (Daughter In Law), Ross Magnaye (Serai) and Diana Chan will be at Fusion Feast (left to right).
There will also be Lygon Street Italian taking some of Melbourne's most-loved Italian eateries and placing them in Garden Square; and First Nations business Uncle Charlie's will be crafting a native food and botanicals-flavoured popcorn. Come hungry, leave satiated and served.
The Australian Open runs from January 14-28, ausopen.com