Stovetop Cafe is one of the best cafes in Melbourne and its move to a new premises next door from the original was a masterstroke (about 18 months ago). The World Loves Melbourne was invited along to experience Stovetop and its compelling menu and coffee.
Passage Thru Malaysia is an awarded restaurant in Greensborough that specialises in Malaysian style tapas as well as traditional Malaysian dishes. The World Loves Melbourne was invited along to experience the best of Malaysian cooking, with Jerena and her family at the helm. We were super impressed by the quality and array of dishes, but also the heart and soul that goes into the Passage Thru Malaysia experience. It's a true local hero.
An exclusive tasting with Ed Carr, House of Arras Chief Winemaker held at iconic Matteo's restaurant, was a memorable afternoon. Ed told us the aim of House of Arras is to make the best sparkling in Australia and House of Arras has achieved the acclaim of best sparkling wine at the 2020 Halliday Wine Companion awards with House of Arras EJ Carr Late Disgorged 2004 sparkling.
Levantine Hill Dinner en Rouge was a stunning event, celebrating the release of the Levantine Hill Estate 2016 range of red wines at a private room in the fabulous Waterfront restaurant in Southbank. The World Loves Melbourne was invited along to experience the new releases, which included Estate Pinot Noir, Syrah, and Cabernet Sauvignon. The wines were released only after gracefully ageing, so the 2016 release has been much anticipated.
Some of the best Italian food in Melbourne is being served by Domenico De Marco (Dom) is at Giro D'Italia restaurant and we were invited to the exciting launch of Giro D'Italia Upstairs featuring Roman food with "La Dolce Vita Romana".
Mitchelton is celebrating 50 years since the first vine plantings at Nagambie winery, Mitchelton Estate, by Melbourne entrepreneur Ross Shelmerdine and wine industry icon, Colin Preece in 1969. This August, Mitchelton is celebrating 50 years since the first vine plantings. In celebration of the milestone all diners eating dinner at The Muse from Monday 19th August - Sunday 25th August will receive a complimentary glass of Mitchelton NV Cuvée on arrival.
Melbourne’s newest Japanese izakaya restaurant, Bincho Boss, hosted a dedicated tuna and yuzu lunch on a fine winter's Saturday and The World Loves Melbourne was invited along. This was about 6 courses that celebrated the best of Blue Fin tuna complemented perfectly by the citrus joy of bottomless Yuzu cocktails. After recently experiencing the dinner menu at Bincho Boss we feel that everything they do is top notch and exceptional.
Mr RYU is making waves with its high quality and affordable Japanese cuisine in Balaclava. The World Loves Melbourne was invited along to experience an "omasake" selection of dishes including the lunch set box Teishoku. Mr RYU is located in a busy strip of Carlisle Street in Balaclava, a well known foodie precinct. We feel Mr RYU stands out with a touch of class and deserved to be in our Best Japanese Restaurants in Melbourne 2019.
Shu restaurant is one of the best vegan restaurants in Melbourne and is a hub of innovation and eclectic style, as well as joyous dining. We were invited to experience the degustation (choose vegan or meat and fish) and were highly impressed.
Robert Burns Hotel is a local favourite pub in Collingwood, that is returning to its true pub roots. The World Loves Melbourne ws invited along to experience the new Rober Burns Hotel expression, both in terms of menu and vibe. We engaged with new owner Gerry Nass who has an impressive history in hospitality and we loved the new offerings and tone of Robert Burns Hotel. as soon as you walk into the pub you see the front section buzzing, something that used to be missing.
Starward Whisky is a stunning local whisky producer who has collaborated with exciting Farmer's Daughters concept that brings the best of East Gippsland for a series of events not to be missed. The World Loves Melbourne was invited along for a preview and we were super impressed.
American BBQ from TGI FRIDAYS in the exceptional new Chadstone restaurant is hitting the spot. The World Loves Melbourne was invited along for the experience, which began as part of the July 4th celebrations but is thankfully extended until August 4th.
Bankvale Run Restaurant at Marnong Estate is a revelation so close the city of Melbourne and to Tullamarine airport. You won't believe the quality, size and scale of this major offering so accessible to Melburnians and also tourists. The culinary experience in Bankvale Run restaurant under the leadership of top Executive chef Adam Upton is top notch and marries well with the striking sweeping elevated views. You can see for mile and miles out to the Macedon Ranges. The World Loves Melbourne was invited for lunch at Bankvale Restaurant on a perfect Friday winter's day. We were highly impressed if not blown away. What a gem for Victoria and so close to the city!
East End Wine Bar in Camberwell is taking all before it like a Maxy Gawn ruck performance on the MCG. Packed on a Wednesday night in the heart of winter is a great indication of the popularity of this wine bar, and The World Loves Melbourne was invited along to experience the buzz. Walk in to a fashionable bar with dim lighting and attractive spaces, featuring artwork, a long bar and dark floors. Graze away with friends, dates, family and work colleagues with cheese and meat plates, pizzas and wine (always a winning combination), executed with flair.
Pure South Kitchen and Stella Artois are collaborating for top notch feasting this winter with a stunning Christmas in July dining experience. World class Tasmanian produce shines through in the savvy Christmas style dishes and is matched with Stella Artois beer. The World Loves Melbourne was invited along to Pure South Kitchen in Southbank for this fun Melbourne winter dining offering.
Bincho Boss in Little Bourke Street (next to Hardware Lane) is a stunning new izakaya Japanese restaurant in the heart of Melbourne. The World Loves Melbourne was invited along to experience signature dishes from the vibrant menu, bringing the Japanese feast! Bincho Boss is perfect for a night out or for a quick lunch in escaping the office.
Lavana Wholefoods is a plant-based meal delivery and catering service in Melbourne, with exciting meals that are healthy and delicious. The World Loves Melbourne was invited to experience Lavana Wholefoods new vegan menu. We've experienced several meal delivery services in the past and some of them have frankly been boring. Lavana Wholefoods, started by ex-corporate Jess hits the high notes with interesting and delicious meals that had our family singing its praises. In fact there was a rush for the fridge to sample the diverse nutritious and delicious dishes.
Haldi Indian restaurant in trendy Puckle Street in Moonee Ponds is serving up some of the best Indian food in Melbourne. Creamy spicy fragrant curries are made from scratch. Sauces are authentic and diverse, and are not mixed together from one dish to another (like many Indian restaurants). In fact each dish is created from scratch in its own pan. Thus the dishes are vibrant, fresh and authentic. Our experience at Haldi Indian restaurant was sensory and joyous, with big flavours and first class presentation of dishes. Haldi is several steps up from "a good honest local Indian restaurant" and shows a touch of class while still being excellent value.
Maker and Monger have launched a world class cheese shop in the heart of Prahran Market, exciting cheese lovers across Melbourne. The World Loves Melbourne was invited to the Maker and Monger launch event, where each guest was allocated 1kg of cheese and no one wanted to leave.
Fowles Wine in the Strathbogie Ranges, only 1 1/2 hours from Melbourne, is one of the best winery visits in Victoria and Australia. It is something of a game changer when it comes to winery experiences. Recently The World Loves Melbourne was invited to experience lunch and a tour of Fowles Wine, connecting with Chief Executive Matt Fowles (his business card says simply "Vigneron, Hunter, Farmer"). One of the most popular winery visits in Victoria, Fowles has been awarded the RACV Tourism Winery of the Year three times. With a recent upgrade and further planned innovations, the best is yet to come!
Steer Dining Room is one of the gem premium dining experiences of Melbourne. Everytime we've visted we've been richly rewarded. The World Loves Melbourne was invited along to experience a degustation featuring the non steak selections of the menu. This was a dinner showcasing the finesse and versatility of Steer Dining Room and its penchant to add a little spice. For when the icy winds blow through the alleyways of our soul, the fragrant spices, like an open flame, bring respite and take us back to the warmth and happiness of days-gone-by...
David's in Prahran is an iconic restaurant in Melbourne (not many can boast a successful 20 year journey) and we were invited along to experience the new menu featuring 30 new Shanghai inspired dishes.
Magimix invited The World Loves Melbourne to a fabulous private Magimix Cook Expert event with Jessie Alice from Leftover Lovers. This was a standout event showing the prowess of the Magimix in relation to home cooking but also world foood trends and sustainability.