The cheat's guide to an easy Easter weekend in Melbourne

Darren Purchese of Burch & Purchese is hosting an online Easter egg class via Providoor.
Darren Purchese of Burch & Purchese is hosting an online Easter egg class via Providoor. Photo: Supplied

If your version of an Easter hunt is less about chocolate eggs and more about tracking down ready-made feasts and the ultimate hot cross bun, here's your weekend agenda.

Looking for a fish feast on Friday? Brand new Cappo Sociale Italian restaurant in Fitzroy, whose menu has been crafted by Maurizio Esposito, is offering an oceanic feast including kingfish ceviche, grilled octopus and Moreton Bay bug spaghettini.

Beachside, Pontoon in St Kilda is running a 90-minute lunch special all Easter weekend (including Monday) featuring bottomless cocktails and a main of your choice (there is a shared seafood basket option).

Not into fish? Preston's Moon Dog World, the family favourite for its cavernous sound-absorbing size, is closed Friday and Monday but it is hosting big, easy porchetta roasts on Saturday and Sunday and will have the Easter bunny do a drop in between 11.30am and 1pm.

And if you don't lean into meats and seafood at all, Riso, the five-month-old vegetarian cafe that opened at Rose St Artists' Market last year, is holding the soft opening of its restaurant arm, Riso Diner, a collaboration between chef and sommelier team, Paolo Arlotta (Tipo 00, Vue du Monde, Herbivorous Nights) and Tim O'Donnell (L'Hotel Gitan, Private Dining Room, MoVida). The pair is offering all-vegetarian terrines, pastas, risottos and focaccias with wine from sustainability-focused producers and a focus on vermouth and amaros.

Mister Bianco in Kew has created a three-course Easter meal box for two, featuring arancini, house-made pasta, baked barramundi and hot cross bun tiramisu topped with a chocolate crumb. It's available for pick up or delivery on March 31 and April 1 for $89.

Rocket spaghettini with Moreton Bay bugs is featuring in Cappo Sociale's seafod feast.
Rocket spaghettini with Moreton Bay bugs is featuring in Cappo Sociale's seafod feast. Photo: Supplied

Still on the ultimate bun hunt? If you've ever wondered what a HXB by chef Guillaume Brahimi might look like, the fantasy can now become reality with his cinnamon-fragrant, brown sugar-glazed fruit buns which will be sold at Bistro Guillaume from April 2-4 (pre-order via 03 9292 5777).

Or if you hold that hot cross buns have a destiny beyond butter, get in line at Prahran Market cheese haven Maker and Monger on Saturday for one of 50 luxed-up buns: Baker Bleu's dark chocolate and sour cherry number filled with a whipped roquefort and cognac cream and freshly-harvested honeycomb. Consider arriving at 8.30am opening.

Providoor, the food delivery service where you finish cooking restaurant food at home and claim all the credit, is delivering feasts from the likes of Grossi Florentino and Supernormal, but it has also branched out into classes. On Saturday there is a decorated chocolate egg masterclass with sugar bandit Darren Purchese of Burch and Purchese. Kits include ingredients, specialist tools and the live (or downloadable) video. Orders close Wednesday. 

Finally, don't forget that Good Friday sees all bottle shops closed, so if you plan to entertain, plan ahead. Thankfully, many good booze delivery services kept going after lockdown. The Everleigh is offering a discount on their bottled spritz range so you can have an artillery of palomas on hand.