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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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Food

New Menu at Altair Restaurant Features Indigenous Ingredients

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Altair Restaurant, famous for it's innovative use of native ingredients, has just launched it's compelling new menu. The menu at Altair is always evolving, but you can bet it will feature fine dining options with outstanding tastes and textures, and clever use of indigenous ingredients.

Altair has produced it's finest menu yet. The clever use of native ingredients brings clean flavours, innovation and a point of difference. Fine dining is about big flavours and Altair delivers; with customers looking for dishes where the flavours explode on the taste buds. And Altair also brings the fine dining aspiration for excellent presentation on the plate.

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Recently Altair rated 14.5 in the Good Food Guide making it the highest rated restaurant in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne. It also rates highly against all restaurants in the nearby Yarra Valley (with only one rated higher).

Head Chef Kelvin Shaw is an acclaimed chef who likes to offer diners progressive cuisine that pushes the envelope while creating memorable dining experiences...

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The New Menu features imaginative dishes with an emphasis on local produce, as well as the clever use of native ingredients...

Stunning entrees include - 

  • Rose tofu, soy, coriander, prickly ash, chilli & edamame (GF)
  • Cured blue cod, saffron tapioca, tomato sorbet & almond gazpacho (GF) 
  • Seared scallops, oyster cream, bamboo & sea succulents (GF)

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The World Loves Melbourne believes this dish to be the finest Scallops style dish we've ever eaten. The large scallops are cooked perfectly, and the finesse is in the use of sea succulents bringing the crunch to the creamy dish. The "ice plant" looks like it's name, while delicate sea blight and samphire also combine to give the dish a salty hit and texture triumph. The wakame seaweed brings a subtley sweet flavour and we enjoyed the oyster cream hit. A triumph was the tasty warm rich bamboo consume poured over the dish. The balance and diversity of the dish is amazing. We believe a short trip to Warrandyte is warranted just for this entree dish.

  • Roast quail 'nasi lemak', vegetable pickle, curry, quail egg, peanut & ikan bilis (GF)
  • Venison carpaccio, raspberry, liquorice, wild bush olives, anchovy bavarois (GF)

Main courses feature innovative dishes - 

  • Shiitake & porcini tortellino, smoked Warrigal Greens, parmesan consommé, slow poached egg
  • Seared marlin, coffee cured marlin belly, sesame, pickled seaweed, fermented pepper & finger lime (GF)

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The Seared marlin is another cracking dish, honouring the main ingredient of marlin. Lightly seared the marlin is top notch, and a dish many diners may not have tried. Fish crackling on top of the dish is a nice touch. The cubes of marlin belly cured in coffee are a highlight of the dish for the texture of the belly and the coffee nuance.

The fried sesame is a surprise, combining wonderfully with the marlin for crunch. The advent of desert limes is a touch of brilliance bringing a rewarding zest, along with the pickled seaweed. 

Again, Kelvin's genius is in bringing a native ingredient, desert limes, to the dish for extra depth, rather than using ordinary limes.

  • Grilled barramundi, galangal, spring onion & garlic, smoked eel & kohlrabi, pork crackle, green tea (GF)
  • Roast chicken, lemon, tarragon, barbeque peas & chicken crackle (GF)

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The roast chicken dish was a revelation. The World Loves Melbourne feels that chicken dishes at most restaurants can be boring, if not predictable. The only flavour intensity is often in the skin! 

Kelvin has packed the flavour into the chicken in his cooking process for a rich chicken experience. The addition of lemon and tarragon is superb, and the BBQ peas and chicken crumble compelling for crunch. The chicken crackle adds even more crunch to this stunning dish. We think of it as the perfect dish in the Christmas season.

Again, this is one of the best chicken dishes we've ever eaten.

  • Grilled lamb loin, sweet & sour neck, miso, Davidson plum, ash, white radish & native river mint (GF)
  • Black Angus rump cap, fried tongue, tendon crisp, roast bone marrow, horseradish, pomegranate, native pepperberry jus (GF)

Dessert does not slow down with imagination and flair - 

  • Expressions of dark chocolate with Bergamot orange & yuzu, rice sorbet
  • Altair Christmas pudding, iced brandy cream, gooseberry, currants, petit apple
  • Blackcurrant, ginger, honey & myrrh trifle

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This deconstructed trifle has been a huge hit and stays on the menu by popular demand. As you can see the presentation is spectacular; and the dish is a texture and flavour cacophony.

  • Strawberry gum panna cotta, pistachio, rosemary, black olive sorbet (GF)

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Again, this dish had a surprise element for The World Loves Melbourne. The strawberry flavour is sourced from a leaf something like a eucalyptus for the strawberry gum panna cotta. It's a sophisticated dessert with a savoury lean; not a sugar hit at all.

Pistachios and meringue complement the creamy panna cotta for another texture triumph. The inclusion of black olive sorbet is interesting and totally works for this savoury style dessert.

And the Cheese selections are notable...

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Altair is also participating in Good Food Month with a stunning Indigenous Dinner on November 10. Bookings can be made on (03) 9844 5548.

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