QT Melbourne has launched the Secret Garden Bar, a hidden gem 11 stories up tucked behind QT Melbourne Rooftop Bar. Set to be the hottest bar of the summer QT Secret Garden Bar is open to the public but you may have to enquire of staff as to accessibility and finer details. Only a limited number of people can enter at any time for this unique Melbourne bar experience. The World Loves Melbourne was invited along to the unveiling, a collaboration between QT Melbourne and Four Pillars Gin.
Elektra Dining Room has captured the attention of the Melbourne culinary world since its launch, largely due to the flair of Executive Chef Reuben Davis in the kitchen and an edgy modern dining approach. Elektra Dining Room, a relaxed and compelling oasis in the city, offers guests an approchable dining experience with European influences, whether a catch up with friends, family, office colleagues, pre-theatre or that romatic interlude. The World Loves Melbourne was invited along to experience dinner at Elektra.
Cheese lovers can rejoice with Prahran Market’s Say Cheese Festival, taking over the Market on Sunday 20th October. A day that showcases the very best of local, Australian and international cheeses throughout Prahran Market and Elizabeth Street, with new places to explore and graze this year. The World Loves Melbourne was invited along to the launch event.
The 2019 Stella Artois Caulfield Cup Carnival (October 12-19) is set to be another huge racing event (including Caulfield Guineas Day, Blue Sapphire Stakes day and Stella Artois Caulfield Cup Day). The World Loves Melbourne was invited to the Caulfield Racecourse Media Preview to check out the stunning offerings and the New York inspired theme. The excitement of New York is here in Melbourne from Uptown, Downtown, Midtown , Central Park, Brooklyn to The Hamptons.
Yagiz Turkish restaurant on Toorak Rd has celebrated two years in service at a stunning special dinner where Head Chef Murat Ovaz was joined by longtime friend and mentor Colin Fassnidge.
Pran Central has welcomed Route 45, a nostalgic American diner dishing up mouth-watering burgers, wings, ribs, hot dogs and shakes for those after a little more than a regular burger house. The World Loves Melbourne was invited along to check out this American diner experience.
Celebrating World Dumpling Day, the World Loves Melbourne was invited to wine and dine at a stunning event at Oriental Teahouse featuring a six-course degustation dinner with matching beverages. Being a dumpling aficionado, and with Oriental Teahouse having a reputation for standout dumplings, this was an event not to be missed.
Elektra Dining Room is an exciting new restaurant on the Melbourne dining scene and a new project by Reuben Davis on the original Press Club site. Elektra Dining Room, a beautiful, relaxed and alluring hideaway, allows guests to create the experience they want; a quick bite after work or before a show, a lingering dinner or a late-night assignation.
Italian food and culture is all the rage right now and Trunk has channelled its cacio e pepe with the advent of Pepe's Italian & Liquor. Now its "full throttle" Italian (in fact American Italian) and a more defined and refined concept that the previous Mediterranean offering (even though that was good this is better). The World Loves Melbourne was invited along to experience the new reimagined restaurant.
Piccolino is a wood fire pizzeria and pasta specialist in Fitzroy North, a restaurant that has hit the ground running since it renovated and re-opened recently. It's a fresh new look and the attraction of a new traditional woodfired pizza oven that is drawing locals and those from afar.
Bar Margaux is a top notch bar that also serves up a serious food offering, already achieving iconic status as one of the best bars in Melbourne. Bar Margaux is a New York influenced French brasserie and the latest venue from award-winning hospitality group Made in the Shade, has made waves since it opened in a basement on Melbourne’s Lonsdale Street.
The hospitality group, owned by Michael Madrusan and his wife Zara, operates some of Melbourne’s most groundbreaking and successful venues including Heartbreaker, Connie’s Pizza and The Everleigh.
Mr Lee's Food is a now famous restaurant in Ringwood East and one of the best Korean restaurants in Melbourne. Located in a humble strip of shops diagonally across from the Maroondah Hospital Mr Lee's Food has attracted diners from all over Melbourne with it's simple menu of only a handful of dishes. But when you do something well why not specialise. Hopefully I never visit Maroondah Hospital but if I do I'll be scheming of how I can get a rick Korean soup from Mr Lee's Food to my room.
Korean food excites and we have been searching for the best Korean restaurants in Melbourne. Here are some of our favourites.
Masizzim has landed in Australia with its reputation for delicious authentic Korean stew, opening at the stunning The Glen. The World Loves Melbourne was invited to experience the best of Korean cuisine and to be enlightened to what Korean food can be. Masizzim has a strong reputation overseas and we were keen to try something new and unique in Melbourne. The location of the restaurant is excellent with a touch of class in the restaurant district of The Glen.
We were invited to the stunning Cookes Food "What We're Made Of" event at Cookes Food HQ in St Kilda. Sophie Cookes is one of Melbourne's most talented chefs and heads up her own company specialising in bespoke high end food experiences for events, weddings and corporates. This was a night of celebration showcasing what the chefs can do and was a series of signature hit dishes.
JAMU Malaysian restaurant in Richmond excites with a fusion of Malaysian and Australian flavours and it's Winter menu is impressive. We were invited along to experience the new dishes on a weekday evening at this modern restaurant on Palmer Street Richmond. Located at the bottom of a fashionable apartment building JAMU is designed for shared dining and the word JAMU means "feasting" in Malaysian. We can relate to that!
Cru + (pronounced Cru Plus) is an edgy cafe in stunning The Glen Shopping Centre in Glen Waverley making waves with it's now famous Salted egg yolk croissants and DIY lunch bentos. The World Loves Melbourne was invited along to experience Cru + dishes for a Sunday brunch. This is a cafe with verve and vibrancy bringing a great example of a modern cafe to Melbourne.
Australian-owned The Wild Olive is debuting its award-winning Early Harvest Olive Oil, loaded with super nutrients and perfect for the health-conscious foodie. The World Loves Melbourne was invited along to a VIP dinner at Hellenic Museum in Melbourne to experience this stunning olive oil launch.
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".