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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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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Food, Top 10

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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