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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Visit Greater Melbourne’s Asian mecca Springvale

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The World Loves Melbourne was honoured to be invited on a media tour of Springvale with celebrity chef and media identity Elizabeth Chong.

It was if all the nations of the world were together in Springvale, with such a rich cultural diversity, and of course stunning diverse cuisines. Quite simply there are amazing shops here that deliver produce you can't get anywhere else. And it's top notch!

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Springvale is a vibrant and multicultural city located just 23 km south-east of Melbourne’s CBD, is a significant destination for lovers of Asian cuisine, with over one third of it’s 300 businesses being restaurants, cafes, and fresh food and grocery stores.

Fifty of those are restaurants and cafes, which serve up thousands of diverse dishes seven days per week with origins in Vietnam, Cambodia, Uyghur, Thailand, and China. 

City of Greater Dandenong Mayor Cr Sean O’Reilly said the area’s diverse population and exceptional Asian food offering typifies multicultural Australia. “In 1970, the Commonwealth Government opened the Enterprise Migrant Hostel in Springvale to cater for the short-term housing needs of the flood of migrants, many from South East Asia, who arrived in the area during the 1970s and 1980s. “Their culture and traditions are poignantly reflected in the cuisine and culture of Springvale today,” Mayor O’Reilly said.

Springvale’s 20,200 permanent residents and visitors from around Victoria regularly flock to the labyrinth of arcades, laneways and shopping precincts dotted along Springvale Road and the lesser known but more diverse Buckingham Avenue.

Central Springvale highlights include My Cambodia restaurant on Buckingham Avenue, where mother and son duo Karl Lim and Say Keav Liv have been serving up traditional Cambodian cuisine since 2010. Our tour imbibed this unique restaurant for what called only be called a "feast"!

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Chef Say Keav Liv has an amazing story. Pictured here with Elizabeth Chong she spoke of how the family came to Australia in 1983 as refugees from Cambodia where Say cooked for hundreds of fellow prisoners in a Khmer Rouge-run prison camp. She had grown up in the food-loving Cambodian province of Battambang, steeped in Thai, Vietnamese and Cambodian cuisine. My Cambodia serves traditional Cambodian food, with a touch of influence from neighbouring countries including Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, and China. Nestled on Springvale’s Buckingham Avenue, the small but buzzing restaurant has a large menu of over 100 dishes include lemongrass and chicken soup, crab fried rice, larb chicken, their signature beef cubes, and the traditional bitter sadal salad.

Since arriving in Australia Say has spent her time in the kitchen from early morning serving breakfast to late at night virtually every day! What a legend! 

In Springvale Central Shopping Centre, stock up your freezer with Yum Cha items, noodles, and seafood at Frozen Smart... The World Loves Melbourne hasn't seen so much variety in a store; what isn't here?

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Or buy glazed Peking duck and pork, cut to order at Golden Lake Cake and Roast. So good!

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Other specialities from Golden Lake include spicy pork and chicken sheets (Asian jerky), sweet pork floss (dried and shredded with a cotton candy texture), and pan-fried anchovies with peanuts. 

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If you like Vietnamese banh mi stuffed with Asian herbs, salad and meats visit Bun Bun Bakery on Springvale Road – a must try is the pork meatball filling, unique to Bun Bun. The World Loves Melbourne felt this was some of the best banh mi we've ever had, with top class filling, crispy baguette and something special going on with the Vietnamese butter. 

Traditional Vietnamese bread rolls generously filled with a mix of salad (sliced carrot and cucumber), Asian style herbs (coriander and spring onion) and a choice of sliced crispy roast pork, lemon grass sliced chicken, or pork meatballs - unique to Bun Bun. Add BBQ sauce, mayo and fresh chilli to your liking. The service is fast and the food is fresh.

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After eating your fill, head to Milan Tea House on Buckingham Avenue and experience an authentic tea ceremony with owner Wendy Wong. Using a variety of leaves - often decades old - Wendy will explain traditional brewing methods and highlight the health benefits of tea. Milan Tea House specialises in different types of high quality teas from Asia, some decades old.

The Tea House provides a peaceful and relaxing place for people to hold a traditional Chinese tea ceremony, hosted by owner Mrs Wendy Wong which includes learning about the origins of tea and the traditional techniques of brewing and pouring it, or simply enjoying it. Wendy explained the health benefits of tea. The World Loves Melbourne learned that Jasmine Tea was a tea developed for reading poetry in the garden to your lover! Our time at Milan Tea House felt so chilled, it was like time stopped. We could do with more of this!

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Springvale also boasts a range of other speciality shops and businesses including Quang Minh Chinese Medicine; this store has successfully been treating customers for over 10 years, practising the old way of medicine. The doctor in the store is a registered Chinese Medical Practitioner, offering an initial consultation and then based on your ailment, will mix up appropriate dried herbs and spices. You can also purchase pre-packaged herbs acupuncture and cupping services are also available. We were fascinated as the doctor went to a selection of draws to source medicines for various ailments. 

We also stopped by at Tommy’s Hairdresser which has daily queues out the door, and the famous jewellers – many of which sell rings with just the band and claw setting, so customers can bring their own precious stone to set. Springvale is also home to the annual Lunar New Year Festival. Over 70,000 people are expected to flock to Buckingham Avenue to celebrate Springvale’s diverse Asian culture, and experience key attractions including a hawker food market, rides, firecrackers, and traditional Chinese Lion Dancers on Sunday 7 February 2016.

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Springvale hosts year-round guided walking tours which explore specialty shops, alternative medicinal practices, cultural traditions, and the history of the area. The Sensational Springvale Cultural Tour is a great introduction to all that Springvale has to offer. To book, or enquire about a private group tour for eight or more people, visit the City of Greater Dandenong www.greaterdandenong.com/tours

The name ‘Springvale’ is said to be derived from the permanent natural springs in the area, which provided water supplies for stock and travellers en route between Melbourne and Dandenong.

Thanks to Greater City of Dandenong, Elizabeth Chong and Kate & Co for the tour! Springvale is a must visit for Melbourne foodies.

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