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.
Landmark Melbourne pub and live music institution The Corner in Swan St Richmond has recently reopened its rooftop following substantial renovations. The World Loves Melbourne was invited along to check it out.
Son in Law, a modern Thai restaurant in Collingwood has unveiled some impressive new dishes to add to its already excellent menu. The World Loves Melbourne was invited to Son in Law to check out the new additions, following a previous enjoyable visit.
Have you visited Tables On The Green at Greensborough Plaza yet? The World Loves Melbourne was invited to the new casual dining precinct on Level 3 which has some delicious new restaurants as well as a state of the art Hoyts upgrade with recliners in every cinema.
Cue Southbank’s latest resident, HOPSCOTCH. Found on the riverside promenade overlooking the city, Melbourne’s new Urban Beer Bar is more like your dream backyard, complete with 30 flavours of beer on tap. The World Loves Melbourne was invited along to the launch.
In honour of The Hotel Windsor’s spectacular heritage, the team is encouraging long-time advocates, foodies, and travellers alike to enjoy an exquisite celebratory afternoon tea in Melbourne’s most cherished hotel. The World Loves Melbourne was invited to an exclusive media experience of the exquisite high tea. Bubbles and High Tea is very much on our radar.
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.
There is something very alluring about using an elegant cup and saucer to enjoy a good cup of tea.
Michael Madrusan, co-author of A Spot At The Bar is a drinks and hospitality expert. He has single-handedly created one of Australia’s leading bar industry offerings. His company Made In The Shade encompasses The Everleigh cocktail bar, The Elk Room, Heartbreaker, The Everleigh Bottling Co. and Navy Strength Ice Co.
Decorations are being rolled out and holiday plans being made, but don’t forget the perfect centrepiece for your festive feast: a bone-in Aussie ham.
The World Loves Melbourne was flown to Sydney to Icebergs Restaurant for Australian Ham Week launch, celebrating the best 100% Australian ham and launching the Christmas ham season. Two Aussie icons; Australian Pork and Bondi Beach (with Icebergs Restaurant) Sydney.
Summer is here and the mood of Melbourne lifts. Here are some of our favourite summer pics...
CH James is a fabulous cafe for brunch, lunch and all day dining and coffee in Fairfield on the fringe of the city. The World Loves Melbourne caught up with leading Melbourne bloggers at CH James for a Saturday brunch. The place was pumping both inside and outside, including their superb courtyard setting. One of the best in Melbourne? If you're looking for vibe, top notch food and coffee, and excellent service, CH James is one of the best.
Best Mince Pies in Melbourne... Time to let out your belt a notch or two. We are looking for proper shortcrust pastry, quality fruit with real citrus hit of the peel, and overall satisfaction including look and design of the mince pies. We hate overcooked filling, overspiced mince pies and hard pastry.
The World Loves Melbourne (Randie) was invited to Bahari for a special fun participatory masterclass with talented chef Philip Vakos. I’ve always been a fan of Greek cuisine and I’m thankful that I don’t have to travel very far to eat authentic Greek dishes in Melbourne.
LULU Cafe and Gallery is a shining European style haven in North Melbourne for foodies and art lovers alike. This is surely one of the hidden gems of Melbourne. The World Loves Melbourne was invited to LULU Cafe and Gallery to sample the menu (including breakfast/lunch all day menu as well as the dinner menu) and was highly impressed.
There is something about indulging in High Tea that heightens your senses as it epitomizes sophistication. From Saturday 21st January 2017, High Tea at InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto will have a new home. (We can't wait). The World Loves Melbourne (Narani) was invited to the media launch.
The World Loves Melbourne was invited to the fabulous OMG Greek Week High Tea at Hotel Lindrum. As part of a celebration of Hellenic culture, cuisine and community Oh My Greek Week was celebrated during the week of the 21st to 26th November with several creative and fun events. If anyone knows how to have a good time it's the Greeks, with the sophistication and technique of extraordinary desserts.