FOOD, TRAVEL & LIFESTYLE

Welcome To The World Loves Melbourne!

  • AUSTRALIA’S DAIRY BEST CROWNED AT THE 2017 AUSTRALIAN GRAND DAIRY AWARDS
  • Heston Blumenthal Launches New Vegemite Dessert
  • Lavazza Superbox at Australian Open
  • 23 Best Foodie Experiences 2016
  • Lulu Cafe and Gallery
  • Best Burgers in Melbourne
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  • The World Loves Melbourne was privileged to attend the night of nights of the Australian Dairy Industry at Greenfields in Albert Park. The esteemed Australian Grand Dairy Awards has announced its 2017 Champions, revealing the nation’s 20 finest dairy products out of a record 470 entries. As a foodie I'm excited by our dairy industry - which is world class. We've seen consumers become more savvy in recent times when it comes to dairy, and the standard of dairy across the board is sky high.

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  • 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. The team, led by Group Executive Chef Ashley Palmer-Watts have been exploring the origins of the Australian pantry staple, to create a dessert that amplifies the distinct flavour of the iconic spread. Over six months in development back in Bray, UK the favourite Australian spread, created in the early 1900’s, was deconstructed to uncover a unique blend of flavours.

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  • The World Loves Melbourne 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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. There seems to be a trend away from old school burgers to burgers that incorporate more gourmet and quality ingredients. The trend is away from the huge burger to something almost stylish and smaller - yet packs a punch.

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Crabapple Kitchen in the Groove

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Crabapple Kitchen is a stunning cafe on Glenferrie Road Hawthorn that makes a huge impression with its interesting dining spaces, array of gourmet services, friendly engagement and charm.  Check out our article Best Melbourne Eastern Suburbs Cafes and Eateries.

Greg Feck is the luminary behind this establishment and brings to the table fine dining and a love for travel. Experience Crabapple Kitchen and experience the world. Their Friday Night Flights are something to behold, focussing on cuisines of the nations.

The World Loves Melbourne visited one Saturday morning for our first brunch visit and are keen to return. Having imbibed literally hundreds of cafes in Melbourne we felt Crabapple Kitchen is a standout.

There's a sense of playfulness and vibrancy here - a place of colour, flair and creativity. Upon entering Crabapple Kitchen the sound system was playing Madonna "Into the Groove" - so apt. 

Get into the groove boy

You have to prove your love to me

I was getting into the groove at Crabapple Kitchen from the "get go" as its conviviality central. I want to bring my partner here, and indeed my mother in law... It's that kind of place.

I've always felt you can tell a foodie destination within seconds. Crabapple Kitchen displays nuances and finesse and a good deal of care in its menu. Walk in to a world of charm, where seating material reminds me of my childhood with blooms of floral against cream. The fitout brings the charm of yesteryear with a splash of modern, notably the exposed brick and naked bulbs (not totally naked with clear jars as coverings). 

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Crabapple Kitchen has some of the most engaging staff around. Some cafes struggle because staff are not certain or confident beyond a basic level of information. Ask them if they recommend a dish and staff at some cafes just reply, "Don't know, never tried that one." Here at Crabapple Kitchen that's certainly not the case with staff abreast of the menu and eager to make recommendations. Staff at Crabapple Kitchen are foodies (I know some people hate that word but not sure how else to put it). They know their stuff. 

Enjoying my little elongated old school table (charm again) I ordered some of Crabapple Kitchen's fine coffee. My latte was impressive and had the required strength for a Saturday morning. Check out the caramel hue on the latte below...

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Crabapple Kitchen has one of those menus you can choose from blindfolded throwing a dart. I could see I was going to spend 20 minutes in sweet indecision trying to choose, so I asked the waitress to help me with a recommendation. Having leaned towards the pancakes, I leaned back to embrace her recommendation of Sweet corn and chilli fritters w grilled Cyprian haloumi, avocado, tomato, cucumber, red onion and mint. Her expert advice was to order sides of a poached egg and a serving of chorizo. The wait staff told me the chorizo would set the dish off - and she wasn't wrong.

Crabapple Kitchen is such a revelation

Dining here is a sweet sensation

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Such a pretty dish from a team that understands nuances. Hail the mint to give extra zest! My impression was of a refreshing hearty breakfast imbibing fritters with kick and a bevvy of indulgences including the haloumi and chorizo.

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So pretty was this dish, I took this photo (above) to post on Instagram with filters.

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Crabapple is pumping baby on a weekend. When I sent a shout out on Twitter several people messaged me about their love for the Friday Night Flight Nights where Crabapple Kitchen somehow manages to create amazing themed dining experiences of various countries and regions. On the Friday following my visit you could experience the best of Portugal.

What is different here to your ordinary plain vanilla cafe/restaurant is these guys have several top chefs and a crack team in the kitchen. Not just executive chef but sous chef for goodness sake. I'm keen to return for lunch and dinner, with my eye already on the Free range chicken schnitzel and Judy's pork chops.

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Crabapple Kitchen floats my boat.

Going to get to know you in a special way

This doesn't happen to me everyday

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