Warm up and explore Melbourne this winter with some after-work warmers before making the trek homeward bound.

Sandwiched between the edge of the city and the rippling water of the Yarra, the World Trade Centre Wharf offers plenty of great places to eat, drink and be merry.

Enjoy Happy Hour from 4pm-7pm weekdays at Byblos, the nationally-acclaimed, Lebanese restaurant that has moved from the warmer climate of Brisbane, bringing its balmy menu to the cold south. The Byblos Bar is serving Mulled Wine throughout winter, a great drink to warm the cockles of your heart.

Experience Happy Hour while sharing some Byblos Chicken Wings, pan-fried with garlic, lemon and coriander. Or order some Lakim Meshwi, char-grilled lamb fillets marinated simply in olive oil, salt and pepper. You might warm up so much, you will settle in for the night.

If you prefer some Japanese cheer, try Kobe Jone’s Riverside Teppanyaki, a favourite amongst city workers. Enjoy some sake or a beer while one of Kobe Jones’ experienced chefs lights up the barbecue fires and cooks up a storm. Enjoy the theatre of Japanese teppanyaki cooking while watching your selections take shape.

The menu is designed to share, so it’s perfect for that after-work drink with friends. Choose from rolls, tobanyaki, signature dishes, small plates, large plates, tempura, hot rocks, sushi and sashimi. You can graze your way through the menu while you mull over the day that was.

If some quick (or slow) Chinese-Malaysian will warm you up, head into Man Mo, a great way to entertain a crowd. Sit at a traditional round table and enjoy some Yum Cha Dim Sum with your favourite prawn dumplings, pork shumai and both chicken and vegetable dumplings. While you’re there, you might like to also share some chef selection entrees like the Shanghai crab meat dumplings or the lemongrass quail, or just go mad and order a banquet of your favourite Chinese items on the menu.

There is no excuse this winter to go home cold. Warm up with your friends – only a hop, skip and jump from your office block in the CBD – and head down to the World Trade Centre wharf-side fine food capital.

Head into WTC Wharf at 18-38 Sidley St, Melbourne.

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