Betty's Burgers & Concrete Co. came to Melbourne with a formidable reputation as one of the best burger houses in Australia. The World Loves melbourne was invited along to see if Betty's Burgers was the real deal and a serious burger contender. I'm a serious burger critic - looking for tons of variables such as whether the bun holds together, through to char on the patty and the excellence of the cheese. Would Betty's Burgers stack up?
Looking for excellent Greek food in Melbourne? Fancy a casual night out with friends and authentic Greek food? Wanting a warm and hospitable venue? Bahari ticks all the boxes. The World Loves Melboure was invited along to sample the new menu. Clearly a popular restaurant we dined at the earlier sitting on a Wednesday night - this place is popular!
One of the great Aussie pleasures (or anywhere) is to indulge in a wine tasting at a top notch cellar door. Merricks Creek Winery in the stunning Mornington Peninsula is only an hour from Melbourne and the perfect place to go for your wine tasting session. The World Loves Melbourne finds wine tasting to be one our most loved relaxing activities.
Get ready Melbourne! For the first time in Victoria the two-day Yarra Valley Wine & Food Festival will be set amongst the vines at the iconic Rochford Wines in Victoria’s premium wine district, the Yarra Valley, over the weekend of April 1 - 2, 2017. The World Loves Melbourne attended an exclusive media launch pre-Festival and visited some key players involved in the Festival. This is big!
Acclaimed chef David Thompson is in town with the launch of Long Chim at Crown, bringing Thai street food to another level. This is a much anticipated opening and The World Loves Melbourne was privileged to be at the launch. Frankly Thai is one of our favourite cuisines, especially when it's executed by the one of the world's top chefs.
Mature, modern Mexican is here! Holy Guacamole! Pardon the pun but the guacamole at Prahran’s newest Mexican hotspot, Queen of the South, is good. Seriously good. Melbourne has been hanging out for this level of Mexican cuisine; mature and refined dishes that are a refreshing reprise to mediocre tacos and dreary bean salads.
Lovers at Lulu! The World Loves Melbourne visited Lulu Cafe and Gallery recently in North Melbourne on a Saturday night and was taken by the number of apparent "lovers" there were enjoying themselves. It should come as no surprise because when the lights are dimmed and the dinner menu is served, there is a distinctive romantic ambience about Lulu Cafe and Gallery.
CH James is bringing the best of Spain with it's upcoming Spanish nights, held in the standout CH James Courtyard in Fairfield on both Friday Feb 10 and Friday Feb 17 from 6pm. The Spanish Night events promise to be fabulous following highly successful outdoor events in the past.
Best burgers in Melbourne, we have searched high and low for the best this city has to offer. The humble burger has risen in status to be a gourmet item of choice on menus across Melbourne. Culinary giants are making their own burger versions for customers.
Dinner by Heston Blumenthal in Australia, located on the third floor of Crown Towers Melbourne, celebrates a brand new dessert, VEGEMITE Ice Cream, inspired by the country’s love of the quintessentially Australian breakfast spread. The World Loves Melbourne was invited along to an exclusive preview of the exciting and stunning new dessert.
Corporates, couples and meat afficiados! Melbourne's dining heartland is now home to a fresh, Nordic inspired steakhouse - A Hereford Beefstouw in Duckboard Place. Nestled amidst cobblestones and street art, A Hereford Beefstouw offers a relaxed Nordic style menu that celebrates high quality steak in a Danish designed setting. The World Loves Melbourne was invited to the launch, and then also to an epic intimate evening with a few media and Owner Tim Burvill. To dine with Tim and get the heart and ethos of A Hereford Beefstouw was fabulous, and we got to sample an excellent range of the menu.
The World Loves Melbounre was privileged to experience the Lavazza Superbox at the Australian Open. Last year we said this was the best corporate box experiences ever, and this year was amazing. The location in the Rod Laver Arena combined with peerless hospitality, was sensational. To have the Lavazza family present in the Superbox was an honour. Having enjoyed Lavazza coffee consistently over many years, we can identify strongly with the brand.
The World Loves Melbourne was invited to spend a fabulous day at Portsea Polo with a stayover at RACV Cape Schanck. This was a day of style and flair, as well as top notch sport. The Portsea Polo is a sought after event with sold out tickets; an event that is much anticipated on the social calendar. The attendees is like a "who's who" of Melbourne and beyond. It's the best dressed social event of the year - summer casual with clean looks.
Time Out Bar awards are always much anticipated and The World Loves Melbourne enjoyed celebrating the best of the bar industry. More than 350 members of the bar industry and Time Out readers converged on the brand new Corner Hotel rooftop for party jam packed with drinks, snacks, games, tunes and a whole clutch of awards for the best and brightest of the city’s bars.
Stevie Wonder had the soul/funk going with his 70s hit Higher Ground, and Higher ground cafe in the Melbourne CBD also has plenty of soul. Like Stevie, Higher Ground Cafe has hit their groove with a winning combination of attractive food with finesse, excellent service and a large warehouse converted structure that is breathtaking. Yes this cafe, recently awarded best in Melbourne by Good Food is next level.
One of the highlights of the culinary calendar is the south Melbourne Night Markets! South Melbourne Market will again be transformed into a magical night market on balmy Thursday evenings throughout summer – and this year will be bigger and better than ever before. From twilight on Thursday January 5, Melbourne’s oldest Market will buzz with a cultural feast of hawker-style food vans, market stalls and free entertainment and music, every Thursday for eight weeks until February 23, 2017. (Image above: South Melbourne Night Market Facebook).
The World Loves Melbourne had some amazing foodie experiences in 2016 and here are our top 23 foodie experiences (not in order). We also enjoyed many top notch events and launches and several amazing corporate box experiences in both Melbourne and Sydney.
Tallboy and Moose is a new brewpub in Preston, quenching the thirst of Melbournians looking to tap into fresh beer direct from the brewhouse. The World Loves Melbourne was invited along to the launch party.