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Delicious Thali Lunches at Red Pepper

Red Pepper Indian Restaurant located at the top end of leafy Bourke St is delighting Melbourne diners with its Thali lunches, inspired by owner/chef Jagjeet Kaur. Tired of the same old lunch options? City worker? Looking for a lunch destination for an office celebration? Family or friends catch up in the CBD? Love Indian food?

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Beyond the Vines: The Local Way to Connect with Victorian Wines

Wine Victoria (peak body representing the Victorian wine industry) has launched Victoria’s first online wine directory, Behind the Vines, the definitive guide to buying Victorian wines. Specifically, Behind the Vines is dedicated to helping consumers find their perfect local wine based on their taste preferences and shop directly from their chosen producer. The catchcry of "Why wouldn't you choose Victorian?" resonates, with the campaign emphasising the world class offering of Victorian wine.

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Little Hof; South Melbourne Market’s Newest Venue Serving Iconic German Street Food

We're excited to get our fill of Oktoberfest treats all year round at Melbourne’s newest German street food venue, Little Hof. We’re talking crackling pork knuckle on the rotisserie, sizzling German sausages on the BBQ and Bretzels fresh out of the oven, all while sipping on a cold Bavarian Bier. Situated in the heart of one of the city’s most important food markets, South Melbourne Market, Little Hof is set to put German food on the map by creating an authentic, European food experience.

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Make Passata Like A Real Nonna At Tipico’s Passata Masterclasses

After a smash debut during last year's tomato season, ‘Tipico’s ultimate Passata Making Masterclasses’ is set to return to Prahran Market for one day only Saturday, 27 February.  

Visit the team from Windsor’s favourite modern Italian restaurant as they host a series of free 30-minute masterclasses on the art of making passata in the Prahran Market display kitchen between 10:30 am-1:00pm. 

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Friction: A New Urban Oasis Arrives in Melbourne’s North

From the team behind The East Pantry and Parkstone comes a new cafe oasis in Melbourne’s north. Placed in the bustling Essendon Fields business and community precinct, Friction is a light-filled, modern eatery nailing the winning mix of top-notch customer service and quality cuisine, where local ingredients are at the forefront.

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ROSE ARE RED, VIOLETS ARE BLUE AND LUCAS IS STILL BRINGING VALENTINE’S DAY TO YOU

After a lockdown in Melbourne meant we couldn’t go out for Valentine’s Day, LUCAS RESTAURANTS (LUCAS) is rescheduling to this Sunday 21 February so you can still celebrate with the one you love. What a brilliant concept.
Welcoming back guests for special feasts for two at Chin Chin Melbourne, Kisumé, Baby Pizza and Hawker Hall with bookings now open for lunch and dinner. There’s complimentary Champagne at Chin Chin and Kisumé, special lip gloss gifts at Baby Pizza and the choice of fiery menus at Hawker Hall, giving you every reason to celebrate again and treat your special someone to the night out they deserve.

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Where to Dine for Valentine's Day in Melbourne

 Where to go for your Valentine's dinner in Melbourne?  Here are a few recommendations - 

Red Pepper Indian Restaurant

Is this the best value set menu Valentine's dinner in Melbourne? For only $49 per person you can enjoy some of the best Indian food in Melbourne at iconic Red Pepper restaurant in Bourke St. Affordable but not "cheap" with legendary chef/owner Jagjeet at the helm. We are hearing there will be 3 entrees, 2 mains, sides and dessert as part of the set menu. This is an iconic restaurant in Melbourne at the Paris end of Bourke St, a romantic location in itself. Red Pepper has been undergoing some renovations and the vibe is modern and captivating, perfect for your date night. How better to celebrate Valentie's Day with traditional Indian dishes with superb use of spices, for an authentic experience.

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MPD Steak Kitchen Launches in Caulfield

Dining options have been beefed up in Melbourne's southeast with the official launch of MPD Steak Kitchen CaulfieldHelmed by executive chef Chris Bonello, this sister venue to the Zagame Group’s MPD Berwick, which launched in 2016, this restaurant takes the bones of the original – quality service and produce in a stylish, relaxed environment – and turns up the heat. We were invited along and were highly impressed; a memorable night of steak high points, great service and superb ambience. Easy access parking nearby and worth a drive across the city. Locals are loving such a high quality premium steak restaurant in their midst.

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LAKESIDE AT CAROUSEL WELCOMES THE HOUSE OF PERONI AND THE 2021 AUSTRALIAN OPEN

The place to be this summer, Lakeside at Carousel will say hello to the House of Peroni – a pop-up on the Pelican Lawn – open daily from Friday 22 January for guests to enjoy aperitivo, ice-cold beers and will also bring with it the 2021 Australian Open with a big screen Melburnians to catch the world’s best tennis stars in action.

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Giro D'Italia Restaurant Superb Melbourne Dining on St Kilda Rd

Giro D'Italia is a popular Italian restaurant serving standout regional dishes, and has made waves since its relocation to St Kilda Rd just out of the Melbourne CBD. A point of difference is that Dom is not only owner and chef, but also hosts guests spending generous amounts of time on the floor. We have follwed the journey of Giro D'Italia from day one and it's an experience to visit, rather than just to grab some food and drink.

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Golden Lamb Chops Star in new Gaylord Indian Menu

Gaylord Indian Restaurant housed in the iconic Grand Hotel in Spencer St (cnr Flinders St) has launched a new menu with Golden Lamb Chops being a star dish, featuring tender lamb cutlets marinated in house spices and grilled in the tandoor. You can eat like a king, as historically this dish was served to kings in Central India. The Mughals would be proud.

A generous amount of edible gold leaf on the chops makes this a dish of distinction and amazing value. I can't also but help think of the restaurant being located in an iconic building in a city founded on the back of the gold rush. Apart from a nod to historical regional Indian cooking, could this also be a nod to the hotel's late 19th century Gold Rush Era heritage? Hopefully we will see a gold rush of sorts in 2021 as Melbourne recovers from a difficult 2020.

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Ya Jinda Thai a Shining Light in Doncaster East

Ya Jinda Thai the sister restaurant of ever popular Jinda Thai in Abbotsford is making waves in Melbourne's eastern suburbs with its top notch Thai offerings and excellent service. We have experienced Ya Jinda several times since it opened and it's never failed to deliver. We feel blessed to have such a fine Thai restaurant in our midst in this part of Melbourne, something we've been craving. Check out our Best Thai Restaurants in Melbourne.

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Summer Picnic Packs at Chargrill Charlie's

Chargrill Charlie's in Camberwell has launched their picnic packs for the perfect summer takeaway. The World Loves Melbourne was invited to experience a picnic pack and we chose the Charlie's Angels pack (others include Charlies Beach Pack and the Family and Peeps, Post Match, Feeding Frenzy and Footy Feast) with its large salad component.

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Ocean Beach Pavilion Launches in Sorrento with GINGERGIRL offering

A local oasis has descended on the shoreline of Sorrento, and inside, an atmospheric culinary experience like no other awaits. Ocean Beach Pavilion is Mornington Peninsula’s newest retreat – a casual, family-friendly restaurant and bar where shoes are optional, salty ocean air comes complimentary, and a fresh coastal-inspired menu featuring locally sourced produce is the main act. We at The World Loves Melbourne were invited along to experience the exciting new concept, and were impressed with the Hawker style street food as well as local wines and fine cocktails.

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Three Blue Ducks opens at URBNSURF this summer

Three Blue Ducks, the group of chefs and avid surfers who own and operate restaurants across Sydney, Brisbane and Byron Bay, have opened their Melbourne venue at Australia’s first surf park – URBNSURF Melbourne. The World Loves Melbourne attended a media launch event, and we were super impressed.

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Chris Lucas & Martin Benn to launch SOCIETY in late March 2021

Chris Lucas and Martin Benn have announced further developments in their creative partnership with the launch of SOCIETY, a landmark establishment of diverse dining and drinking experiences. Located at the prestigious and historic 80 Collins Street building in Melbourne, this long-awaited project is scheduled to open in late March 2021.

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RUMI hosts Summer Sunday Saracen Sessions for Philippines Relief

RUMI restaurant in Brunswick East is hosting stunning Summer Sunday Saracen Sessions to bring help to typhoon devastation in the Philippines and to bring good times to Melbourne. With strong typhoons kiling people and bringing massive devastation, there are many families who are homeless, hungry and in need of help. Part of the proceeds of these Saracen Sunday Session at RUMI are to help victims. We went along and experienced this extraordinary Melbourne initiative that excited the palate as well as the soul. It was good to be back enjoying the best of Melbourne on a "four seasons in one" Melbourne kind of weather day.

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The Healthy Cooks - Exciting new TV series

Exciting new food television series  The Healthy Cooks is an eight-part food television series airing for the first time this summer. With the support AIA Vitality, The Healthy Cooks shares recipes, tips and hacks around eating well and being well. It’s making a change for the better. With healthier food choices, exercise and great new recipes, it’s about being the best version of you.

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Musou Malaxiangguo stir fry dry pot restaurant launches in Melbourne CBD

Musou, a stir-fried, dry pot restaurant now joins the retinue of other EFC brands including Gotcha Fresh Bubble Tea, JiYu Thai Hot Pot and Da Long Yi. The World Loves Melbourne was invited along to experience this exciting culinary concept.

Musou celebrates the ancient culinary art of ‘chao’ or stir-frying. Originating in the Han dynasty, the humble stir fry has now become a technique of searing and charring food over high heat in little oil throughout kitchens around the world.

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SSIX presents EVERLEIGH-AFTER immersive experience

As the arts, dining and events industries rise again, a new collaboration will deliver an experience that evokes a new dimension. SSIXX is an ode to the past, present and future of our creative culinary culture. 

Four gastronomic courses. Paired cocktails and beverages. Bespoke scents. Seamlessly entwined with a feast of visual and auditory art. Enter SSIXX's multidimensional cube and yield to an experience like no other. 

The Everleigh, in collaboration with leading Australian chef Peter Gunn (Ides) are creating a combustion of culinary flavour, in flawless synergy with 360 degrees of immersive video artistry. 

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ICCI Melbourne "Settimana Della Cucina Italiana" 2020

ICCI Melbourne "Settimana Della Cucina Italiana" was a fabulous event this year and brought the best of Italian culture and taste with 148 participants from around the world enjoying a virtual Zoom event. This one of a kind virtual experience featured Italian Michelin Star Masterchef Carlo Cracco, celebrity chef Luca Ciano and a unique opera performance with Italian baritone Mattia Campetti and Australian Soprano Michelle Buscemi. It was a simply stunning night with many highlights. Moreover the evening featured - 

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