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Starlight Five Chefs Dinner in Melbourne

Starlight Five Chefs Dinner in Melbourne

Starlight Foundation is an extraordinary organisation bringing hope and joy to countless children facing tough circumstances. The World Loves Melbourne was invited to join with the team from Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre for an epic night featuring 5 leading Melbourne chefs.

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Shanklin Cafe Impresses in Hawthorn

Shanklin Cafe Impresses in Hawthorn

Shanklin Cafe is an impressive destination for those who love extra finesse with their brunch and a stylish vibe. Grab a park and walk into a converted 19th century terrace property with a charming frontage featuring large tables for groups. Inside discover a  industrial look, with awesome vibe and classy fit out.

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Melbourne Italian Wine and Food Festival

Melbourne Italian Wine and Food Festival

The Melbourne Italian Wine & Food Festival is back in 2018 for it’s third consecutive year! Melbourne’s top Italian chefs are turning out in force to make it a day to remember, with much-loved locals Joe Vargetto (Mister Bianco + Massi Restaurant), Francesco Rota (Trattoria Emilia), James Kummrow (Fatto), Dusty Treweek (Bottega), Jesse MacFadden (Massi Restaurant), Johnny di Francesco (400 Gradi) and Luca Ciano leading the charge.

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Epic Finding Fire Dinner with Lennox Hastie

Epic Finding Fire Dinner with Lennox Hastie

Finding Fire Dinner with Sydney chef Lennox Hastie was an epic event with many culinary highlights and a masterful recovery from drama. From his acclaimed restaurant in the backstreets of Sydney's Surry Hills,  Firedoor chef Lennox Hastie headed to South Yarra to bring a firestorm.

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Standout Dining Experience at Dans Le Noir

Standout Dining Experience at Dans Le Noir

Dans Le Noir is a unique and compelling dining experience that has taken the world by storm, and now available in Melbourne at The Como Melbourne each Thursday to Saturday from 6:30pm. The World Loves Melbourne was invited to a dinner session and we found the experience to be highly rewarding and slightly confronting.

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Healthy Style Brunch Dishes Delight at CH James

Healthy Style Brunch Dishes Delight at CH James

Healthy dishes are a hit at CH James cafe in Fairfield. We've noticed that on Melbourne cafe menus there are many more options for healthier style brunch dishes reflecting the demand by customers. Gone are the days of the huge fry up. CH James offers the equivalent of the big breakfast but it's not a greasy fry up. For those health conscious customers CH James is the place to be.

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Ines Wine Bar A Euro Hit in Windsor

Ines Wine Bar A Euro Hit in Windsor

Ines Wine Bar has announced itself on Chapel St Windsor with an epic launch, and is a delightful acquisition for the Windsor precinct. A chic bar with Italian influences is just what the area needs.

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New Dishes A Hit at CH James

New Dishes A Hit at CH James

New dishes at CH James are top notch, restaurant quality food in a cafe we believe. When looking at different cafes it's often the little touches that sets them apart. CH James doesn't compromise on premium ingredients and each dish gives the customer more than what they might expect. 

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Visit the pop up party this Saturday at Highpoint’s IN: TRANSIT precinct

Visit the pop up party this Saturday at Highpoint’s IN: TRANSIT precinct

Visit Highpoint Shopping Centre in Maribyrnong this Saturday for a free massive pop up party extravaganza! Highpoint will be offering awesome freebies celebrating the launch of 3 hot new stores located in IN:TRANSIT - The Jerk, Legacy Barbers & Essential Pieces and The Sneaker Laundry. Get along and join the festivities (Highpoint level 3 outside Degani) from 11-4pm!

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BentSpoke Beer at the European for Good Beer Week

BentSpoke Beer at the European for Good Beer Week

An epic event for Good Beer Week was the degustation featuring BentSpoke Brewing Co (from Canberra) and The European restaurant! Held at a quintessentially Melbourne location, the private Team Room at iconic The European restaurant in Spring St Melbourne, this was a night to remember! BentSpoke Brewing,  one of Australia's highly awarded craft brewers, was a perfect match for a Melbourne food and wine dining institution. Comments were made about "if these walls could speak they would mainly tell wine stories" but now "we are bringing the beer stories". And so they did!

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Good Food Month Announces 2018 Program

Good Food Month Announces 2018 Program

Good Food Month presented by Citi returns to Melbourne in June with ten incredible featured events including an inspiring master-class, chef collaborations and flavour-packed parties. This year, the talent-filled, good-times-packed programme draws on the inspiration that fuels this great city, inviting food-lovers to re-imagine Melbourne’s buzzing dining scene over 30 delectable days. Tickets are on sale now from  www.goodfoodmonth.com.

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Best Day Trips from Melbourne

Best Day Trips from Melbourne

We have unlocked the best day trips from Melbourne. Melbourne offers an embarrassment of riches in terms of arts and culture, food, music and lifestyle. But also it boasts a fine array of destinations not far from the CBD. Here are some of the best:

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Best desserts in Melbourne

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Desserts often don't get the kudos they deserve and we have highlighted some of our favourite desserts in Melbourne (obviously menus change) - 

1. Huxtable - Dark Chocolate Delice

2. Gazi - Acropolis Now

3. Itali.Co - Nutella Pizza

4. Cecconi's - White Chocolate Cheesecake and Citrus Bavarois

5. Epocha - Desserts from the trolley

6. Nieuw Amsterdam - Chocolate Delice

7. Burch & Purchese - anything

8. Om Nom - Mont Blanc

9. Saint Crispin - Parfait

10. Om Nom - Mango Alfonso

1. Huxtable - Dark Chocolate Delice

Huxtable entralls with its cleverness in taking humble ingredients of sea, land and earth and presenting them in compelling modern fusion ways. We've visited Huxtable since its inception and can say that it powers on as a restaurant of flair and maturity. Daniel Wilson is still weaving his magic and has a busy calendar these days running something of a culinary empire, notably with several Huxtaburger joints. When I looked out the window across to Smith St Huxtaburger I noticed they'd added another dining space - where have I been? But its all part of Daniel Wilson's burgeoning growth. 

Huxtable also hits the mark with its desserts. The dark chocolate delice, peanut butter, crisp brownie, raspberry was a combination of all the things I covet in a dessert. And oh so pretty.

 


 

2. Gazi - Acropolis Now

 George Colambaris has this place pumping as the ultimate Greek Taverna. Having dined at Gazi several times, I've also missed out occasionally due to not booking. Known for its souvas, Gazi also produces the goods when it comes to Greek desserts. Gazi serves up this amazing Acropolis Now Strawberry Mousse, coffee and mastic. In fact Blood orange mousse, chocolate, blood orange gel is spectacular in presentation and even better in taste. A show stopper.


 

3. Itali.Co - Nutella Pizza

Itali.Co is an Italian oasis in Barkly St and is the place to be for all the cool kids and their Nonnas. Itali.Co has been the driving force of Manager Lino Maglione (master pizza maker) and the cuisine here shows flair and brings a modern twist to Italian classics. Popular on Melbourne dessert menus is the Nutella pizza and Itali.Co serve up a great version. So pretty, so deceptively rich...

 


 

4. Cecconi's - White Chocolate Cheesecake and the Citrus Bavarois

Cecconi's in Flinders Lane is a Melbourne darling for its rustic Italian cusine based on family tried recipes from legendary Maria Bortolotto. Cecconi's serves up fine Italian desserts including a knockout Tiramisu. 

 

Cecconi's also thrills with intricate desserts including the stunning WHITE CHOCOLATE CHEESCAKE, BROWNIE, NOCELLO GELATO and the CITRUS BAVAROIS, PISTACHIOCANTUCCI, MANDARIN SORBETTO. Both a triumph. Italian and citrus go hand in hand, and the Sorbetto was a favourite. 


 

5. Epocha - Desserts from the trolley

Epocha is simply one of Melbourne's best dining experiences, featuring a formidable team, stellar European cuisine and a killer ambience at this terrace property. Nestled in Rathdowne Street close to the city and opposite Carlton Gardens, Epocha exudes charm and elegance, if not an air of sophistication. Desserts at Epocha are served table side from the trolley. Basil panna cotta with rasberry jelly was totally unexpected - but worked so well - surely one of the best desserts in Melbourne.

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6. Nieuw Amserdam - Chocolate delice

Dessert maintains the high standard of cuisine generally at this chic establishment on Hardware St, with this Nieuw Amsterdam Chocolate Delice with banana and tonka bean ice cream. A plethora of technique, and combination of flavours impresses. The affordability of these dishes is also to be mentioned. The latest version of the Chocolate Delice is served with honeycomb.

 


 

7. Burch & Purchese - anything

Darren Purchese is a genius, and his desserts are always spectacular, with science meeting sweetness. This French themed dessert was the perfect combination in terms of highlighting the best of French fashion and food at a recent event. The World Loves Mdelbourne has attended several events where Darren Purchese has created dessert and it has always been jaw-dropping. 

Darren Purchese is one of the most respected pastry chefs in Australia, opening his sweet studio in Melbourne back in 2011 and has since written a book and appeared on Masterchef Australia. 


8. Om Nom at The Adelphi - Mont Blanc

Om Nom as part of The Adelphi in Flinders Lane has gathered a reputation for inventiveness and flair, with a regularly changing themed menu and killer desserts. Mont Blanc dessert is a clever dish - wouldn't mind this at my office desk. Meringue, dark chocolate, chestnut, vanilla, blackberry, feuilletine. Like all of Christy Tania's desserts it tells a story, and the elements textures are amazing.

  


 

9. Saint Crispin - Parfait

Saint Crispin has been achieving amazing things with Head Chef Joe Grbac and his team. At a recent dinner he produced the perfect pairing of Parfait of hazelnuts, caramelised pear, crispy phyllo pastry, almond gel with Grey Goose La Poire.. The parfait was a work of art with complex layers and a hit of pear. Cutting edge and inventive restaurant with a spectacular set menu...


 

10. Om Nom at The Adelphi - Mango Alfonso

Om Nom is a serious dessert haven in Melbourne where The World Loves Melbourne imbibed a dessert degustation from Christy Tania, Head Chef. Featured on Masterchef the Mango Alfonso is a chart topper with Choux pastry, shiso, coconut, kalamansi, lemongrass ginger and caramelised white chocolate. I love the 22 carat gold on top. The technique in this is crazy, with a host of different elements. And it all comes together in a cacophony of flavour and texture.

 

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