Cook Up A Spicy Curry For Anti-Poverty Week!

Cook Up A Spicy Curry For Anti-Poverty Week!

Are you a curry lover? Do you like to get in the kitchen and cook up a storm? Are you passionate about ending the poverty cycle? Are you a foodie? Then get on board with other Aussies for The Great Australian Curry Fundraising Campaign. It's simple, fun and profound. Opportunity International Australia invites Aussies to cook up a curry this October or November, share it with family and friends and raise funds so families in developing countries can receive small loans to build businesses and break the crippling cycle of poverty.

Set up a fundraiser on the Opportunity International website and cook your spicy curry to raise money to break poverty!

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ASHBURTON MEATS TAKES OUT BEST RETAIL BUTCHER SHOP IN VICTORIA

ASHBURTON MEATS TAKES OUT BEST RETAIL BUTCHER SHOP IN VICTORIA

The Best Butcher in Victoria is in Melbourne’s Ashburton. Melbourne’s Ashburton Meats Butcher shop, in the south-eastern suburb of Ashburton, has been awarded the Victorian Retail Butcher Shop of the Year Award 2017 by The Australian Meat Industry Council (AMIC). The announcement was made at the AMIC Awards on Saturday, October 14, held in Melbourne at Aerial, South Wharf.

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Best Boutique Wineries in Victoria

Best Boutique Wineries in Victoria

Here are our favourite boutique wineries in Victoria. We enjoy a range of wineries but we especially enjoy the bespoke and boutique winery experience.

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Laneway Tour Highlight in Food & Beverage Trade Week

Laneway Tour Highlight in Food & Beverage Trade Week

How good are Melbourne's laneways? An attraction in themselves with a plethora of culinary delights and hidden gems. The World Loves Melbourne participated in a culinary tour of Melbourne's most well-known laneway restaurants as part of the Victorian Government's Food and Beverage Trade Week. Having been a part of last year's Laneway Tour this was an event not to be missed!

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Support Collateral Repair Project for Syrian Refugees

Support Collateral Repair Project for Syrian Refugees

Support for refugees is something most of us are passionate about. Christopher Krambias, Jey Jeyabala and Matthew Butera (all of refugee or migrant background) have organised a fund raising event at CH James cafe in Fairfield for the Collateral Repair Project (CRP), a grassroots organisation working out of Amman, Jordan to provide basic support to refugees. The event will be held on November 4th and ticket numbers are already strong. This is a great cause where the money goes to the grassroots need not to the administrators. It's a charity that Christopher and CH James have supported in the past -  and the event they held at CH James last year was a great success. We are encouraging everyone to get on board with this project.

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Chef Joe Grbac Opens Saxe

Chef Joe Grbac Opens Saxe

Chef Joe Grbac’s first solo-business venture, Saxe at 211 Queen Street, has opened with much anticipation. Grbac, who headed up The Press Club and was co-owner and executive chef of Collingwood’s Saint Crispin has been keen to get the doors open of his 70-seater and bring his menu of contemporary Australian dishes to the law and corporate precincts of the CBD. It's another exciting launch for 2017 by a heralded chef.

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Nostalgic Carpetbag Steak Recreated at Marriott Culinary and Beverage Workshop

Nostalgic Carpetbag Steak Recreated at Marriott Culinary and Beverage Workshop

Carpetbag steak, an iconic menu item of the 1950's to 90s in Australia, was recently revived at the Marriott Culinary and Beverage Workshop at De Bortoli Winery. Participating influencers were asked by Marriott chefs to nominate a childhood nostalgic dish and The World Loves Melbourne nominated Carpetbag steak! It was an unforgettable day of fun, nostalgia, premium producers, and fine food!

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Marriott Chefs Hit High Notes with Producers at Yarra Valley Event

Marriott Chefs Hit High Notes with Producers at Yarra Valley Event

Local producers working with top Marriott chefs and influencers was a match made in heaven, for a unique event in the Yarra Valley. The World Loves Melbourne was invited to a fabulous dinner and night at The Westin Melbourne, then on to the Marriott Hotels Culinary & Beverage Workshop at De Bortoli Winery in the Yarra Valley  - where we met Marriott chefs from around Australia, as well as some from overseas, and were able to see our childhood nostalgic dishes recreated!

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Biggie Smalls Launches in Chapel St Windsor

Biggie Smalls Launches in Chapel St Windsor

Acclaimed chef and restaurateur Shane Delia has launched his second Biggie Smalls Kbabs store at 36 Chapel Street, Windsor and The World Loves Melbourne was there at the launch.

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Jesse Gerner & Friends Launch Impressive Park St Restaurant

Jesse Gerner & Friends Launch Impressive Park St Restaurant

Park St may become your new best friend cafe and restaurant. The World Loves Melbourne was invited to experience this new venture from Melbourne foodie royalty, and we were super impressed!  After a refit that began in mid-August, the cafe formerly known as Green Park is now Park Street with a new look and (some) new owners. An all-day cafe remains, accommodating locals and families with breakfast and lunch menus. A change of focus in the evening brings a refreshed menu built around changing cicchetti and pastas.

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Four Points by Sheraton Best Brews Program

Four Points by Sheraton Best Brews Program

Melbourne loves both its quality hotels and its craft beers! Four Points by Sheraton, a fast-growing Marriott International hotel brand known for celebrating craft beer, is currently hosting a global tour discovering the world’s best craft beers through a series of Brew Off events. Four Points by Sheraton Melbourne Docklands, one of Marriott's newest hotels in Australia, was the third on the five-stop journey. Welcoming local media and beer lovers, The World Loves Melbourne hosted the event where guests were treated to the best of craft beer in Melbourne and insight into local craft beer by two of Melbourne's top brewers, Mountain Goat and Two Birds Brewing. Read more about the Brew Off here

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Best Hotcakes Dishes in Melbourne

Best Hotcakes Dishes in Melbourne

Best hotcakes in Melbourne? Dessert for breakfast? Melbourne is enjoying a wave of hotcakes, one of the most delicious and grammable dishes on the Melbourne brunch scene. Here are our 7 favourites:

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Four Points by Sheraton Docklands

Four Points by Sheraton Docklands "Brew Off" Showcases Amazing Local Craft Beer

On Wednesday 13 September, 2017, craft beer lovers were treated to a fabulous night of beer tasting, food and entertainment at the new Four Points by Sheraton Melbourne Docklands. Four Points by Sheraton, a booming Marriott International hotel brand known for its love of beer, is embarking upon a global tour discovering the world’s best brews. The journey kicked off at the new Four Points by Sheraton Manhattan Midtown West and The World Loves Melbourne was part of the most recent event at Four Points by Sheraton Melbourne Docklands.

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Andrew Hagger and Robyn Payne Launch Happy Hour Album at Jazz Lab

Andrew Hagger and Robyn Payne Launch Happy Hour Album at Jazz Lab

Andrew Hagger and Robyn Payne launched their new album Happy Hour at the fabulous jazz Club in Brunswick with exceptional jazz band Catsplay, and The World Loves Melbourne was there. Happy Hour will soon be released on iTunes and can be ordered online at hopeinthislife.com and Readings Carlton. At time of this article the album was No 1 on the Aria Jazz & Blues Albums Chart.

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Best Wine and Chocolate experiences in Melbourne

Best Wine and Chocolate experiences in Melbourne

Melbourne's best wine and chocolate experiences - is there any better combination than wine and chocolate. Of course we refer to red wine when it comes to chocolate. In our travels we have hugely appreciated some amazing wine and chocolate moments and we wanted to share them with you. Here are our best wine (red) and chocolate experiences in Melbourne:

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Tokosan Fun and Playful Japanese Restaurant in Prahran

Tokosan Fun and Playful Japanese Restaurant in Prahran

Tokosan is the new playful Japanese restaurant on the block. In a precinct of Prahran creatives Tokosan is the perfect destination for some cheeky fun and a sake or two, plus casual eats. Tokosan is obviously a reference to son of Toko - or inf act cheeky little sister to the more formal and serious Toko restaurant.

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A Taste Of Singapore Airlines Premium Economy Class

A Taste Of Singapore Airlines Premium Economy Class

Singapore Airlines is launching out with it's stunning Premium Economy offering on 3 of it's 4 flights out of Melbourne, and The World Loves Melbourne was invited to an exclusive media event to experience the service. It was a unique event with us joining Singapore airlines staff and executives on a plane and checking out the benefits of Premium economy including the superb food offerings.

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Celebrating 10th Anniversary of Nobu Restaurant at Crown

Celebrating 10th Anniversary of Nobu Restaurant at Crown

It was a privilege to step into the contemporary, stylish surroundings of Nobu - one of Melbourne’s best restaurants - to celebrate the 10th anniversary of this icon. It was a joy to experience the creative flavours showcased by head chef Sean Tan and his talented team and to imbibe Veuve Clicquot during the salubrious evening.

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Rustica Canteen in Hawthorn A Compelling Brunch Destination

Rustica Canteen in Hawthorn A Compelling Brunch Destination

Rustica Sourdough which began in Brunswick several years ago has been expanding, as one of the most successful bakery cafes in Melbourne. We have followed their journey since the start and from day one they have resonated with quality bakery offerings. The World Loves Melbourne was part of an UberEATS event where we met more of the UberEATS family. Obviously UberEATS is on the rise and the preferred delivery service for many people in Melbourne.

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The House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Culture First Look

The House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Culture First Look

At the launch of the Dior spectacular Melbourne was referred to as the fashion capital of Australia. Following a series of high profile fashion exhibitions in Melbourne we are now reaching peak fashion - celebrating the seventieth anniversary of the House of Dior, one of the world’s most prestigious couture houses. The World Loves Melbourne attended the National Gallery of Victoria launch of The House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Couture. The exhibition goes from 27 August to 7 November (admission fees apply).

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Dinner at The Modern Eatery in Richmond

Dinner at The Modern Eatery in Richmond

Melbourne's new contemporary house of Aburi sushi, The Modern Eatery,  is now open in Richmond, located on Swan Street, Richmond, after huge success with two venues in Perth. The World Loves Melbourne was invited along to sample the fare.

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Smith St. Trader Compelling Cafe/Bar in Collingwood

Smith St. Trader Compelling Cafe/Bar in Collingwood

Smith St. Trader is a compelling cafe and bar on eclectic Smith St Collingwood, full of soul and savvy, with Richard Hands a Melbourne gem and one of its best bar tender/mixologists. The World Loves Melbourne was invited to sample some of the menu one lunchtime, including an indulgent cocktail for which we don't apologise for.

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Epic Farmer, Brewer and Publican Lunch at The Lincoln for Pep Events

Epic Farmer, Brewer and Publican Lunch at The Lincoln for Pep Events

Epic is an apt description for this Pep Alliance Event hosted by Hilary McNevin at The Lincoln Hotel with publican Iain Ling and Tasmanian farmer and brewer Ashley Huntington. Ashley Huntington is a talented and passionate Tasmanian farmer who looks somewhat like Jon English but has the punk attitude of the Sex Pistols. He stands up for farmers and the industry, encouraging us all to support local farmers - and rightly so!

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Best Raclette Cheese Places in Melbourne

Best Raclette Cheese Places in Melbourne

How good is Raclette! The first time we encountered the magical world of Raclette we fell in love. We gathered around the Raclette "machine" where a wheel of premium cheese was blistering and bubbling under the heat in awe. Then with a scrape of a knife the theatre and aroma of raclette drew us in with wonder. Not to mention the taste of the oozy cheese - often paired with pickles, mushrooms or cornichons. Scraping the cheese into a small bowl, you are set for a session of bliss, especially if you pair it with say a dry white wine or a pinot noir. The joy of France and Switzerland is to be enjoyed here in Melbourne. 

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Food

Top 5 Indonesian Restaurants in Melbourne

Here are our top 5 Indonesian restaurants in Melbourne.

Yuni's Kitchen - 251 High St Northcote

Yuni's Kitchen is a wonderful Indonesian restaurant in the grounds of a church on High St in Northcote. Come here for authentic Indonesian cusine. The ambience is compelling with a high timber panelled ceiling, stain glassed windows and charming heritage of the buiding. Dishes are reasonably priced. Classics are here such as the Satay, Beef Rendang, Lumpia (veg rolls), and the Nasi Goreng are impressive. 

The World Loves Melbourne loves the red door and red themes of the cafe, as well as the attractive bbq area adjoining.

Yuni's Kitchen serves Nasi Goreng in the tradition that we're used to from several trips to Indonesia. We use Nasi Goreng as a barometer for any Indonesian restaurant and Yuni's Kitchen produces one of the best. Outstanding. We recommend the Nasi Goreng with Chicken, with spoonfuls of their homemade sambal sauce (not overpowering).

Yuni's Kitchen is a charming restaurant with friendly staff.

 


 Bali Bagus 85 Franklin St CBD

Hidden away on Franklin St is this little gem. Bali Bagus provides sublime Indonesian food, friendly service and a modern and relaxed atmosphere. Having been to Indonesia a few times, I’ve always loved authentic Indonesian food. This is how I remember it in Indonesia. (Image credit photo above Bali Bagus Facebook).

Bali Bagus exudes character with treated concrete floor, artwork on the walls, and the striking red rendered wall (with more artwork). And a quirky water feature...

 

The World Loves Melbourne ordered the Iga Konro Bakar which consisted of ribs with peanut sauce and a pile of rice (and the egg in addition for an extra $1.20).

This dish was fantastic, full of flavour, meat tender (and some fat left on it thankfully) and the peanut sauce was quality. The meal also came with a bowl of thin beef soup, which I also appreciated.

I love the relaxed and friendly ambience of Bali Bagus. It’s a great place for office workers to unwind – again thanks for the water feature.

Like the other restaurants featured in this article, Bali Bagus provides excellent Indonesian food at value prices.


 Kedai Satay 186 King Street CBD

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A sensation on King Street, Kedai Satay is a place to relax from the fast lane, with cheerful service and great quality cuisine. The lamb ribs with peanut sauce is a cracker dish. At Kedai Satay the lamb is cooked to perfection and the peanut sauce surprisingly is a great accompaniment. The satays here are magnificent - for example the chicken satays with steamed rice. And the tropical chicken is also a worthy dish. You won't leave hungry - the portions are massive. The vibe here is enjoyable with traditional Indonesian art on the walls. (Image credit above from Kedai Facebook)

 


 Nelayan 265 Swanston St CBD

Come here for great Indonesian food that is tasty, authentic and fast. Nelayan is a cheerful restaurant on Swanston St in a belt which does Indonesian food well. Competition is strong and Nelayan is one of the best value options around! Nelayan is set up like a canteen – which is great for office workers and students. Just order your choices – 2 or 3 (always 3 for me) and select from the bain maries. Then grab your cutlery on your way to a table.

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Having been to Indonesia several times and a big fan of Indonesian food, I find Nelayan serves up some favourites with distinction. Many of the choices revolve around chicken which is fine. Highlights here are the Fried chicken, the Curried chicken, and the Beef Rendang (which has the right amount of sauce, heat and the meat is tender). All with rice. And don’t forget the chilli.

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I’ve been to Nelayan several times and each time I notice a good crowd of Indonesians. Again, there is an authenticity here of flavours. The restaurant is mid sized and you can relax here as the bustle of Swanston traffic passes by.

 


 5. Es Teler 77 Emporium

Es Teler is a good honest Indonesian eatery in Emporium Melbourne, with many Indonesians enjoying the fare. Popular with students and city workers looking for a cheap eat. The décor is modest if not bright, but the food is terrific. Having been to Indonesia I love Indonesian food. We love all the Rice Lover dishes such as Chicken Fried Rice, Seafood Fried Rice and a favourite Salted Fish Fried Rice.

Check out the Oxtail Soup Set Meal, as well as the Fried Duck sets for a unique tasty meal. Es Teler also specialises in noodle dishes including Egg Noodle with beefballs and the Seafood Fried Noodles.

 
Es Teler is a good cheap eat option for the budget conscious.

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