Red Spice QV is a perennial favourite of ours and we visited recently by invitation to sample the new Spring menu. For many including myself I often crave for Asian flavours when in the Melbourne CBD. Red Spice QV delivers the best of Asia consistently right in the heart of the Melbourne CBD. What strikes us is the quality of the food, its freshness, and also big Asian flavours across the dishes. We think the Express menu is perfect for say city workers who have time constraints and want something extra above the norm, and at a reasonable price.
Bistro Morgan is now serving it's stunning world class gourmet doughnuts in Chadstone Shopping Centre. The brainchild of 17 year old Morgan Hipworth, Bistro Morgan is sweeping all before it. With a popular store in Windsor, the Chadstone store is an exciting development for doughnut lovers. The World Loves Melbourne attended the new store launch and enjoyed a fabulous array of amazing doughnuts.
Curry lover? The 2017 MasterChef champ Diana Chan went head-to-head with MasterChef guest judge, Ian Curley, recently in an Opportunity International Australia curry cook-off at Canvas House in South Melbourne. And Australians have now been given the opportunity and challenge to support this cause and cook curry at home (hold your own event) to end poverty! A popular fundraiser last year, this year is even bigger.
Ceylon Blends is a Melbourne business that imports fine teas from choice plantations in Sri Lanka and we believe this is the best tea supplied in Melbourne. The World loves Melbourne was invited to sample the teas by the owner Nilanka Nanayakkara (this is not a sponsored post). We concluded Ceylon Blends teas are super premium and affordable with stunning aromas, flavour, authenticity and freshness. Being coffee freaks we've actually shifted some of our allegiance to tea - because it's that good!
Burnley Brewing is making waves in what has become a beer lovers precinct in Richmond. Great craft beer plus top notch food menu to match, a top German brewer Michael Stanzel, excellent service and a sensational vibe make Burnley Brewing a highly rewarding destination.
Lamaros Hotel in South Melbourne has undergone change in recent times and it's for the better. We previously visited when it was a bodega, with mixed success, but the trajectory is upward since Geoff Lindsay and Paul Dimmattina took over the iconic South Melbourne pub in 2017.
Pembroke Bar and Kitchen is a top notch foodie haven and a revelation in Surrey Hills. The World Loves Melbourne was invited along to experience Pembroke and its menu and we were highly impressed. The story for us is the advent of top quality foodie destinations in the burbs. In other words you don't have to travel into the city for a first class foodie experience of inner city quality!
It’s time to dine with the new kid in the neighbourhood and let Garçon Paris Steakhouse show why they’ve taken over the reins of Entrecôte to create one effortlessly cool atmosphere that celebrates food, fashion and France in the ‘80s. Garçon is a meeting place for regular and spontaneous gatherings and celebrations. The World Loves Melbourne (David and Mario) were invited along to experience the new direction!
The Australian Grand Prix Corporation (AGPC) has officially unveiled Atlantic Group, food&desire and GEMA Group as hospitality partners for the Formula 1® Australian Grand Prix 2019. The World Loves Melbourne was invited along to the launch event at Carousel at Albert Park Lake. The event was inspirational, creative and a taste of what is to come.
Cyprus halloumi cheese is the best and The World Loves Melbourne was invited to experience this first class halloumi with a series of standout dishes. The Panagrotikos Farmers Union of Cyprus invited their importers, important media & influencers and cheese buyers to join them for a sit-down dinner at Epocha in Carlton, owned by Restaurateur Angie Giannakodakis.
Coombe Estate is a must visit destination in the Yarra Valley as you can step into the life and times of legend Dame Nellie Melba. The World Loves Melbourne was invited for some wine tasting and a top notch lunch in the Clock Tower Restaurant under the auspices of impressive chef Neil Cunningham.
Curry - we love it! And we've discovered the amazing ingredient of Keen's Chilli Blend available from the supermarket. Check out our “Kick Butt Lamb Korma Curry” with Keen’s Chilli Blend at the following link. Recipes feature from influencers around the world. Delicious and loads of fun!
David's Restaurant in Prahran is a Melbourne institution for modern Chinese cuisine and offers top notch Yum Cha on weekends. The World Loves Melbourne was invited to visit David's for a meal but also to help celebrate their 20th birthday. In this super competitive foodie environment David's should be congratulated for 20 epic years of service and contribution to the Melbourne culinary scene. I've visited several times over the years and have always enjoyed my visits to David's Restaurant.
RACV Cape Schanck Resort on the Mornington Peninsula is a first class experience! The World Loves Melbourne was invited to spend a couple of days at the newly re-launched RACV Cape Schanck Resort (around $160 million development), located at the southern tip of the Mornington Peninsula. The location is rare and raw with views over Port Philip Bay or the Bass Strait. And yet it's not that far from Melbourne - just over an hour! We were highly impressed with the whole experience - a shining light on the Peninsula and world class!
Hell of the North is a highly impressive French style bistro and bar tucked away in Fitzroy (just off Brunswick Street in Greeves Street). The World Loves Melbourne was invited (met up with journalist Paul) along to experience the menu and connect with Mark the owner. Sometimes you get a feel for a place early on and within seconds of arriving I could tell this place is a joyous foodie haven.
Tiramisu is a celebrated Italian dessert that is popular all around the world, and extremely popular in Melbourne. The best Tiramisu is a trifle style dessert with sweet and creamy mascarpone, coffee-dipped sponge cookies, and a dusting of rich chocolate, preferably chilled. Here are some of our favourite renditions of Tiramisu in Melbourne -
Lunch at Frank Camorra's home? The invite was compelling. An insight into cooking with top chefs and the use of the Electrolux steam oven was an exciting event. A convivial lunch in the home was irresistible. The World Loves Melbourne was transported in a limo to Frank Camorra's (MoVida, MoVida Next Door, MoVida Acqui, Pacos Tacos and a Spanish bodega) house for an unforgettable afternoon with chefs and influencers.