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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Stunning New Dishes at CH James Cafe in Fairfield

Stunning New Dishes at CH James Cafe in Fairfield

CH James has released several exciting new dishes on their menu and The World Loves Melbourne joined with other leading bloggers in Melbourne to experience the newbie dishes for brunch.

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Best Melbourne Cafes

Best Melbourne Cafes

 

Best cafes in Melbourne is a mix of new and emerging cafes together with icons that are well established cafes.  We celebrate Melbourne's best cafes in the search for perfection. Melbourne is best known for it's thriving cafe scene, often to be found in laneways. We are constantly eating out at Melbourne's top cafes and consider the standard to be high.

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CHE - Melbourne's New Next Level Chicken Shop

CHE - Melbourne's New Next Level Chicken Shop

CHE taps into the Australian chicken shop dream and The World Loves Melbourne was invited to sample some of the menu at the launch. We love the name - sounds like the name of a revolutionary (and it is a revolution) - but CHE stands for Chicken/ Heledos/ Empanadas as well as "mate" in Spanish (clever). CHE has a modern fit out and is in the heart of Fitzroy on the corner of Johnston St and Brunswick St (look for the neon letters in the windows at night).

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Bontempo Restaurant A Pizza Revelation on Brunswick Street

Bontempo Restaurant A Pizza Revelation on Brunswick Street

Bontempo is a fabulous option for a catch up to imbibe the best of pizza (one of the best pizza restaurants in Melbourne) in a modern hospitable environment and - wait for it - reasonable drink prices. The World Loves Melbourne was invited along to experience some of the menu.

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The Big Sick Movie Review - Hilarious and Heartwarming

The Big Sick Movie Review - Hilarious and Heartwarming

The Big Sick is a must-see hilarious and heartwarming movie, releasing in cinemas on August 3 2017. See the trailer. The World Loves Melbourne was invited to a preview of the film at the Gold Class cinemas at The Jam Factory on Chapel St South Yarra. Seeing the film together in Gold Class as a couple was perfect and the film is so relatable to modern relationships.

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Trunktown Restaurant - A great Melbourne Dining Experience

Trunktown Restaurant - A great Melbourne Dining Experience

Trunktown has been a favourite of ours for several years and is a venue we consider to be quintessentially Melbourne in terms of architecture and expression. The Diner section has been the place for some favourite events and moments but the restaurant offers a delightful casual dining experience that borders on fine dining. We were invited to the restaurant to sample the new menu, which provides both a Middle Eastern selection and an Italian selection, reflective of the owners.

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The Influence of Spain in Peruvian Cuisine Event at Pastuso Restaurant

The Influence of Spain in Peruvian Cuisine Event at Pastuso Restaurant

Pastuso Restaurant was the perfect venue for a cracking event featuring two of Melbourne's best chefs, Alejandro Saravia and Jesse Gerner, and an extraordinary insight into Peruvian cuisine. The event was part of the Pep Alliance series of events hosted by iconic foodie, author and identity Hilary McNevin. The theme of Spain v Peru was brilliant and topical in celebrating Peruvian Independence Day, and it explored the relationship between Spanish and Peruvian cooking. Our table raised a glass or two of Pisco sour to Peru on this great occasion!

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St Moritz Restaurant and Bar Hits the Mark in St Kilda

St Moritz Restaurant and Bar Hits the Mark in St Kilda

St Moritz is a stunning new addition to Acland Street as a top notch bar and casual restaurant for your next catch up. It's a new addition but pays tribute to yesteryear with a neon replication of the dancing dirl from the St Moritz Ice Rink that used to exist at the location from 1929 to 1981. The venue is modern but also incorporates St Kilda grunge with exposed brick and quirky artwork. 

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Frank's A Crowd Pleaser Cafe in Cheltenham

Frank's A Crowd Pleaser Cafe in Cheltenham

Frank's is one of the best cafes in Melbourne and The World Loves Melbourne was invited to sample dishes from the ever evolving menu. The cafe is called Franks partly because it offers frank and authentic honest food. It seeks to give the punters what they want, and we think it successfully does that. No pretension, just fine food in a chic modern environment, with owner Harry Butler at the helm.

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The House of Wine and Food Restaurant Making A Mark in Port Melbourne

The House of Wine and Food Restaurant Making A Mark in Port Melbourne

The House of Wine and Food is a distinctive foodie destination in Melbourne. How many restaurants can actually claim that? Often there can be a sameness about Melbourne dining experiences - many cafe menus are mirrors of each other and even restaurants serving up similar dishes. But for the discerning diner, The House of Wine and Food is a unique and exciting dining experience in Melbourne bringing French, Italian and Mediterranean classics and compelling bar and dining spaces.

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Kathmandu's 30th Anniversary Celebration

Kathmandu's 30th Anniversary Celebration

Kathmandu the legendary lifestyle and adventure brand recently celebrated its 30th anniversary. The World Loves Melbourne was invited to the celebration at stylish Smart Artz Gallery. 

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Pontoon A Casual Restaurant Hit in Stokehouse Precinct

Pontoon A Casual Restaurant Hit in Stokehouse Precinct

The Stokehouse Precinct launched sexy casual diner Pontoon and The World Loves Melbourne was invited to sample the savvy menu at this modern restaurant with stunning sea views.

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Join the Ice Skating Fun at Eastland

Join the Ice Skating Fun at Eastland

Attention all shoppers, Ice Skating is back in Ringwood with the launch of an Ice Skating rink in the Town Square at Eastland, running through until the end of August. The World Loves Melbourne was invited to a family event where we became one of the first to experience the ice skating fun at Eastland (our local).

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Raclette and Other New Dishes a Smash Hit at Merricks Creek Winery

Raclette and Other New Dishes a Smash Hit at Merricks Creek Winery

Raclette is one of the joys of life, and Merricks Creek have created a smash hit with their new Grilled Raclette cheese with potatoes and a side of cornichons. Customers are driving up from Melbourne for this raclette, as well as the other standout dishes and new release 2016 Pinot Noir at Merricks Creek Winery.

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Wilson & Market Restaurant A Labour of Love for Paul Wilson

Wilson & Market Restaurant A Labour of Love for Paul Wilson

Wilson & Market is an impressive 50-seater lifestyle cafe and 200-pax brasserie and bar, with stunning seasonal, delicious, ethical dishes by Paul Wilson and showstopper bathrooms designed by Kate Challis Interiors. The World Loves Melbourne was invited to a media launch to imbibe the produce driven high quality dishes of the Brasserie. This is one of those "go to" places where you know you're in a foodie haven, specifically in the fine hands of iconic chef Paul Wilson. 

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IDES $65 Sample Table Available Every Thursday Till End of Winter

IDES $65 Sample Table Available Every Thursday Till End of Winter

A sample table at IDES? Yes please! The World Loves Melbourne believes every Melbourne foodie should visit IDES. For us there's a sense of electricity and excitement both behind the creativity and the execution of the dining experience.

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Book for the Winter Season of Pep Alliance

Book for the Winter Season of Pep Alliance

Looking for gourmet distinctive foodie events? Pep Events presents the Pep Alliance with culinary icon Hilary McNevin as host. A superb winter season is open now for bookings. We think exceptional quality and value.

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CH James Cafe Sustainability Embraces Fairfield Community Garden

CH James Cafe Sustainability Embraces Fairfield Community Garden

CH James is setting the pace when it comes to cafe sustainability, storing up its weekly coffee grinds and food scraps for the last 2 years, and giving them to the fabulous Fairfield Community Garden. The World Loves Melbourne caught up with Kat from CH James and Ken and Annette from the Fairfield Community Garden to see how it all works, and go on a tour of the garden.

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Cannibal Creek Vineyard  a Gippsland Triumph

Cannibal Creek Vineyard a Gippsland Triumph

Cannibal Creek Vineyard (recently featured in Broadsheet) is just an hour East of Melbourne on the fringes of Gippsland and is one of those quiet achievers, in an area (Gippsland) that is on the fringe of emerging "big time" as a food and wine region. The World Loves Melbourne was invited on a famil to experience Cannibal Creek Vineyard and imbibe the delights of Gippsland.

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Stonebarn Truffles The Best We've Had and A Restaurant Hit

Stonebarn Truffles The Best We've Had and A Restaurant Hit

Stonebarn - remember the name. The World Loves Melbourne was invited to be part of a media event with Stonebarn Truffles, showcasing the excellence of the produce, at Sarti restaurant. Exceptional French Black Perigord truffles from Manjimup Western Australia.

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Taste of the Barossa Dinner with Secret Foodies

Taste of the Barossa Dinner with Secret Foodies

Celebrating paddock to plate produce and fine South Australian wine, our Taste of the Barossa event was held at Craft & Co in Collingwood. As an inner city foodie haven Craft & Co. was the ideal place to indulge in the standout South Australian wine-making region.

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TWLM attends Australian Bacon Week Launch at Quay Restaurant

TWLM attends Australian Bacon Week Launch at Quay Restaurant

Australian Bacon Week is one of the most popular events on the calendar, and being a prime consumer of Australian bacon ourselves, The World Loves Melbourne was delighted to celebrate the launch and presentations event at Quay restaurant in Sydney. Everyone has their favourite way to enjoy the magical meat, from savoury to sweet, breakfast to dessert, and Victoria’s best Aussie bacon has just been revealed.

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Australia’s Young Gun of Wine Awards

Australia’s Young Gun of Wine Awards

Australia’s wine industry came together to celebrate the top young Australian winemakers, and the future of the industry looks bright.  Young Gun of Wine, the premier wine show for new trailblazing winemakers in Australia, recently announced the winners of its coveted 2017 awards.

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Travel, Top 10

Top 10 Reasons to Visit Melbourne

(Home page photo courtesy of Oli Sansom)

The Top 10 Reasons to visit Melbourne are - 

1. World's Most Liveable City

Melbourne has been voted the world's most liveable city out of 140 cities measured worldwide. Come and see why. Melbourne is an attractive city and brims with great facilities and infrastructure. Living conditions are sublime in this city of just over 4 million people. There's a low population density for a large city and several high profile infrastructure projects in action. The liveability measure looks at 5 main categories - stability, health care, culture, environment, education and infrastructure - and Melbourne comes up trumps. You might visit Melbourne and want to live here! (Photo courtesy of Oli Samson)

2. Global Gourmet City

Melbourne is a stunning food destination. Melbourne boasts restaurant Attica in the San Pellegrino top 100 but it's the quality and breadth of cuisine that impresses. Nearly every type of food is represented in Melbourne with quality restaurants.  From the French influences of Vue De Monde to the world acclaim of Attica, to the Middle Eastern brilliance of Maha, to colourful eateries in Chinatown, and the variety of fine dining along Flinders Lane.

While Melbourne has it's share of fine dining most of the top restaurants are casual and accessible with stunning food at reasonable prices. There is a strong culture in Melbourne of eating out. In Melbourne just about everyone is a food blogger and there are more food bloggers in Melbourne on say Urbanspoon than any other city. Juggernaut TV series Masterchef has just moved to Melbourne from Sydney... Visit Melbourne for unforgettable food adventures.

3. Global Shopping City

Melbourne boasts many high end shopping precincts as well as factory outlets for the bargain hunter. Chadstone is a massive shopping emporium in the suburbs with many of the world's top brands. The city is also a great place for shopping featuring Bourke Street Mall with its iconic buildings and brands such as David Jones, Myer and Spanish brand Zara. Melbourne Central is accessible as a major railway station in the heart of the city but has over 300 shops. Chapel Street is another iconic strip with great boutique shopping and great cafes and restaurants. Along with boutiques there is the popular Op shop stores where you can score some great retro items at bargain prices. Collins Street is an iconic Melbourne street with international brand name stores as well as The Block Arcade - an iconic arcade with boutique shops in one of Melbourne's most impressive heritage arcades. Visit Melbourne for accessible and attractive shopping precincts and availability of world leading brands.

4. Global Sporting City 

Melbourne is known for its world class sporting facilities and a sporting mad population. Few cities in the world can match Melbourne's status when it comes to major sporting events. It's amazing to spend a week at The Australian Open to enjoy the matches but also the entertainment and facilities around the stadium. There's a real fastival atmosphere.

Or come to the iconic MCG which is walking distance from the city for a game of Australian Rules Football. You might be in a crowd of 100,000 excited spectators as we were at the AFL Grand Final. Catch a game at AAMI Park which is a state of the art premium rectangualr sports and entertainment stadium housing 30,000 spectators. Rod Laver Arena with a retractable roof is home of the iconic Australian Open tennis each January and houses 15,000 in a state of the art stadium. Hisense Arena also has a retractable roof and holds 10,500 spectators, a premier stadium for basketball and netball. Visit Melbourne for its sporting facilities and sporting passion.

5. Laneway and Precinct City

 

Melbourne has an amazing number of eclectic laneways full of great restaurants, cafes (including hole in the wall cafes) and art. Visit the laneways of the CBD as being a major characteristic of the city. The CBD itself is an impressive precinct rich in arts, bar, cafes, shopping and boasts iconic buildings and attractive parks.

It's a thrill of discovery when you visit Melbourne laneways.

Check out the famous street art in Hosier Lane. Visit Flinders Lane for a line up of great restaurants. Go to Rankins Lane and Somerset Place for great cafes, or the hub of Degraves Street and Centre Place. Section 8 in Tattersalls Lane is one of Melbourne's many quirky bars. Visit Melbourne for memorable encounters in mysterious laneways.

6. Global Arts City

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Melbourne has an incredible arts precinct and is a great city for exhibitions, festivals, displays, museums, galleries and live performances. 

Visit St Kilda Road on the edge of the CBD for the arts precinct. Check out a performance at the iconic Arts Centre which is also the home of the Australian Ballet. Visit NGV International for world class art and check out the Victorian College of the Arts. Keep walking south to the Melbourne Recital Centre and Melbourne Theatre Company, along with the innovative Malthouse Thatre and Australian Centre for Contemporary Art. Check out the many theatres around Melbourne including Princess Theatre and Regent Theatre. The Melbourne Museum is a world class museum with ever changing displays. Visit Melbourne for its spectacular Arts culture and facilities. 

7. Global Fashion City

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Melbourne is a fashion capital with two major fashion shows each year as well as the availability of major international brands and great local designers. The L'Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival is Australia's premium consumer driven fashion event offering a series of events that celebrate fashion. The Melbourne Spring Fashion Week is a poular fashion festival in the first week of spring each year. It should also be said that the dress standard in Melbourne is high. People dress well, particularly in the CBD, compared to some other cities. Visit Melbourne for a fashion fix.

8. Multicultural City

Melbourne is one of the most multicultural cities in the world with significant populations of over 150 of the world's nations represented. Our community includes people from Somalia, South Korea, New Zealand, Malaysia, Indonesia, China, the United Kingdom, Vietnam, Italy, India, Greece, Japan and more. Melbourne has the third largest Greek speaking population in the world. The Chinese flocked to Melbourne in the 1850's when gold was discovered and Chinatown around Little Bourke Street is a bustling popular precinct. Many Italians came to Melbourne from the 1920s to the 1950s and Lygon Street is famous for it's Italian eateries (also some great Italian eateries in the CBD). There's also a strong Vietnamese community and it is highly recommended to visit Victoria Street for some pho soup.

Melbourne is also a great student city with 55% of students living in the city being international students. Visit this city for the eclectic community that is multicultural Melbourne.

9. Global Hotel City

Great hotels abound in Melbourne. The top 20 are all impressive. Visitors appreciate staying in luxurious hotels in the CBD with easy access to attractions, shopping and restaurants. There are some great luxury hotels such as the iconic The Langham, the vibrancy of Crown Towers, The Westin, The Park Hyatt Hotel Melbourne, The Sofitel Hotel Melbourne and the boutique The Lindrum. Visit Melbourne for quality accomodation close to attractions and facilities. 

10. Easy Travel City

Melbourne is an easy place to travel between destinations. The road system is excellent  and there are an abundance of trams, trains and buses. In fact you can get to most things in the CBD by walking.

Not far outside Melbourne is the incredible Great Ocean Road, Philip Island, Mornington Peninsula, as well as Yarra Valley Wineries, Gippsland and the Snow Country. An abundance of riches.

Visit Melbourne for easy of travel to so many experiences within the CBD as well as in nearby surrounds.

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