du Nord is an exciting Scandinavian cocktail bar and resturant in the Melbourne CBD that delivers on fine nordic cuisine. The World Loves Melbourne was invited to a bloggers evening to sample the du Nord's new winter menu and cocktails.
Manu Feildel is a charasmatic French chef who is taking all before him on our TV screens and in bringing French style to our culinary landscape in Australia. The World Loves Melbourne enjoyed a vibrant session at Le Grand Cirque where Manu put on a masterclass in his role as Renault Ambassador and owner of Le Grand Cirque. Personally it was one of the most enjoyable evenings of the year.
Australian artisanal ice cream brand, Harry’s Ice Cream (who has two delicious 500ml ice creams flavours, Sticky Date Pudding and Passionfruit Pavlova, available in Woolworths across Australia), is celebrating International Ice Cream month in full force and has partnered with The World Loves Melbourne. Tough job, we know.
Melt is one of Melbourne's newer pizza venues taking the city by storm. The owners spent time being trained in Naples before embrking on their dream to make high quality Naples style pizza at affordable prices. the World Loves Melbourne journeyed to Melt with two hungry families eager to sample the pizza and to guage authenticity. Melt greatly impressed with its crispy pizza with quality ingredients and we discovered a consistently high quality across the 5 pizzas we ordered.
Some Melbourne restaurant launches are duplicates of a trend or riding on the back of the latest wave. Then there's the trendsetters. Kong is a Korean and Japanese fusion restaurant in Richmond that is a revelation rather than a replication. Melbourne food identity Chris Lucas has done it again, with head chef Benjamin Cooper working wonders. After the success of Chin Chin and more recently Baby Pizza, Lucas has captured the imagination with Kong. The World Loves Melbourne visited Kong for a family birthday and was blown away by the new offering.
Bistro Bakini is a modern Italian eatery run by a Greek, and pleases with its rustic and accessible cuisine. Sometimes its the owner or wait staff that can make or break a dining experience. At Bistro Bakini it was a case of the owner Stavros adding to the colour and pleasure of the evening. The World Loves Melbourne was invited to experience Bistro Bakini on St Kilda Rd on a blustery winter's night.
Saigon Sally in Windsor (cousin of Hannoi Hannah) was the bar of choice for a Glenmorangie cocktail masterclass with the one and only Mick Formosa, Glenmorangie Ambassador and bar enthusiast. The World Loves Melbourne was keen to attend this masterclass on a Sunday afternoon, with a particular interest in whisky cocktails. Put the "man" in Manhattan, I say...
New Shanghai has entered the Melbourne market and Emporium Melbourne with a huge impression, featuring high quality and affordable Chinese cuisine, upmarket ambience in a tea house vibe, and a packed house. The World Loves Melbourne was invited along to experience this dumpling sensation originally from Sydney. At New Shanghai you are transported to 1920s Shanghai and its hard to belive this quality lives inside a food/cafe court.
Chiara has opened in Docklands, the latest in the Walker Evans Baker group of restaurants, and a modern twist on Italian cuisine. The World Loves Melbourne was invited to the launch, a glamourous affair with Pete Evans present, as well as a plethora of Melbourne celebs and food identities. We gave Chiara the thumbs up in terms of rustic Italian cuisine done well and in a modern appealing setting. Surely a great place to for a business lunch, group dinner or a romantic night out.
Noodlies, a leading Sydney and Australian blogger has produced an insighful and valuable resource of Australian Food Blogger Rankings by Alexa score. You can check out Noodlies for his rankings and modus operandi, as well as Melbourne food identity Ed Charles' site Tomato (who has extended the rankings).
Rococo is a stylish Italian restaurant in St Kilda that delights with it's quality cuisine and extra little touches. There's a foodie culture here where much thought and flair goes into each course and the menu has broad appeal. I'd call it rustic cuisine with French and Italian influences. We were surprised by the size of the weeknight crowd here; Rococo is a popular haven for romantics, groups, families and single diners.
Here are our favourite Yarra Valley Wineries (no particular order) -
1. Oakridge Wines
2. Rochford Wines
3. Medhurst Wines
4. Madden's Rise
5. Punt Road Wines
6. Giant Steps/Innocent Bystander
7. De Bortoli Wines
8. Domaine Chandon
9. Yering Station
10. TarraWarra Estate
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