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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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. And it's one of the best steak and meat restaurants in Melbourne (let alone seafood).

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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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Food

Top Picks for Good Food Month from The World Loves Melbourne

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Here are our top picks for Good Food Month from The World Loves Melbourne...

1. Indigenous Dinner @ Altair Restaurant, Warrandyte

Best fine dining value for money at Good Food Month! Head chef Kelvin Shaw presents a stunning seven-course dining experience showcasing indigenous ingredients from our sunburnt land paired with local produce. The value is amazing; a 7 course degustation for only $70! Altair's Indigenous Dinner is to be held on November 10 from 7pm to 11.30pm - plenty of time for the culinary journey to evolve. (Book your table for this outstanding degustation.) Recent events at Altair have been sold out (including an epic Crab Dinner) so get in quick.

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Altair Restaurant recently received 14.5 rating from The Age Good Food Guide making it the highest rated restaurant in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne and no 2 when compared to nearby Yarra Valley restaurants. Comments in the Good Food Guide included Head Chef Kelvin Shaw's "flavour combinations are playful and forward thinking." The Good Food Guide also described Altair as a "haven of culinary ambition." A playful comment was that it is worth "leaving zone one" for!

Apart from innovative dining from the ever evolving menu Altair is well known for it's stunning events attracting rave reviews.

Kelvin (Head Chef) and Michelle (Manager, Front of House) Shaw are a crack team, who exude innovation and hospitality. Altair has built up a large following of locals and regulars from across Melbourne. The dining experience is such that there is a lot of repeat customers, passionate about the food, ambience and service. Kelvin is also famous for his brilliant use of native ingredients - from berries to saltbush, Warrigal greens and native river mint, to the use of bush tomatoes. 

The food at Altair is top notch; this is fine dining in the eastern suburbs. They destroy the myth that you have to travel into the city of Melbourne for fine dining. Think loads of technique and innovative dishes such as the Goat and charred vegetable pie, or the Carpaccio entrees...

 

The Corned lamb, carrot, quinoa, celeriac, lavender jus is a perennial favourite.

New dishes on the menu include Green olive & white bean tortellini, eucalypt & pine needle. Or check out the Black Angus rump cap, fried tongue, tendon crisp, roast bone marrow, horseradish, pomegranate, native pepperberry jus, or indeed the Seared marlin, coffee cured marlin belly, sesame, pickled seaweed, fermented pepper & finger lime for example.

Altair Restaurant recently received an excellent review from leading Melbourne bloggers Gastrology, who wrote they "left spellbound - from the amazingly tender lamb to the enticing smoked eel. Each course was well thought out, complex, delightfully balanced and impeccably executed."

 

Date: Sunday, 10 November

Location: 152 Yarra St Warrandyte

Price: $70 for 7 courses

Booking: (03) 9844 5548

 


 

2. Marque @ Pei

Mark Best brings 'Marque' to Melbourne for one night only
Experience a modernist degustation of flavours, ingredients and textures that has seen Marque develop a reputation as having one of Australia's most innovative and interesting menus. Mark will be joined by special guests, Matt Germanchis, Victor Liong (Head Chef at Lee Ho Fook and Marque Alumnus) and Ainslie Lubbock.


Monday 16 November
6:00pm7:30pm or 9:00pm bookings
$165/person 


Mark Best started out as an electrician in the gold mines of Western Australia before picking up the knives at age 25. Following time in some of the best restaurants in the world such as l’Arpege in Paris and Le Manoir aux Quatre Saisons, Best returned to Sydney in 1999 to open Marque. Since its inception, Marque has received numerous accolades, including three inclusions on San Pellegrino’s 50 Best Restaurants in the World list.
Marque @ Pei is part of The Melbourne Food & Wine Festival's Good Food Month in November.

Call 03 9654 8545 to reserve your table


 

3. Sally Boy w Gingerboy and Saigon Sally

A must-do for all Asian street-food enthusiasts, Sally Boy will be a heated flavour battle between the CBD's iconic Gingerboy and Windsor favourite, Saigon Sally. Meeting under the same roof for the first time, the two restaurants will present signature cocktails and their best dishes over four courses. Saigon Sally Executive Chef, Adrian Li will put his years of practice up against Gingerboy’s main man, Leigh Power. Guests will have a chance to meet each chef and will be then able to decide for themselves which of the two is Melbourne’s king of street food.

Date: Thursday, 19 November

Location: Saigon Sally, 2 Duke Street, Windsor

Price: $95

Booking: (03) 9533 2342


  

4. Jacques Reymond @ L'Hotel Gitan

GITAN Join hospitality legend Jacques Reymond for a five-course feast at their one-year-old gastro French pub, L'Hotel Gitan, for this year’s Good Food Month. On two separate Saturdays throughout November, experience the exquisite cuisine of one of the world’s most lauded chefs, and meet him face-to-face. Jacques will prepare five courses showcasing his traditional French style at $105 a head, with an additional $95 for matched wines.

Date: Saturday 7 and Saturday 21 November 2015

Location: 32 Commercial Road, Prahran

Price: $105 a head with optional wine match at $95 a head Bookings: (03) 9999 0990

  


 

5. BBQ @ The Bistro

The long-awaited arrival of spring signifies the beginning of barbeque season and to celebrate, Northcote dining gem Estelle Bistro has organised a series of sizzling Friday lunches. For just $40, diners will enjoy two courses and a beer or glass of wine, with a different cut of meat roasted on a spit in the courtyard each week. A sample menu includes an entrée of spring vegetable salad and smoked lamb brisket, followed by barbecue Flinders Island Lamb rump, smoked pommé puree and asparagus.

Dates: Fridays in November

Time: Bookings from 12pm

Location: 243 High Street, Northcote

Price: $40 Bookings: (03) 9489 4609

 


 

5. Italian Food Feud @ A25

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Italian restaurateur Remo Nicolini of A25 and lauded chef Joseph Vargetto of Mister Bianco will battle it out at A25 Pizzeria in South Yarra, umpired by the great Scott – Raymond Capaldi. The Italian Food Feud will see the chefs go head to head in a pizza vs. pasta battle, with a four-course feast to decide which Italian specialty reigns. The $99 ticket price is inclusive of matched beverages as well as the feast.

Date: Wednesday, 25 November

Location: A25 Pizzeria, 720 Chapel Street, South Yarra

Price: $99

Bookings: (03) 9826 2233

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