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  • 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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Meat and Wine Company For A Meat Fiesta


Meat and Wine Co. is a hugely successful business with many locations for meat lovers to appreciate high quality meat cooked expertly, and a culture of fine service and semi sophisticated ambience. The brand builds loyalty with repeat visits from happy diners. For example, the Meat and Wine Co. in Southbank is well patronised in the evenings and you can observe the large boards full of meat being carried to tables by eager staff.


I journeyed to Meat and Wine Co. before a show at Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival, looking for either steak or ribs. I'd heard the pork ribs are exceptional and saw that many diners order this dish. But I was also keen for the steak and so upon asking the staff, was recommended the Rib Eye Steak Sandwich featuring  200g Pasture-fed rib-eye, char-grilled, iceberg lettuce, fresh tomato, sautéed mushrooms & white onion in a freshly baked roll with mayonnaise & barbeque sauce  $26, and side of chips.  I was also not wanting to make a mess on my shirt before a fashion week show, although they told me they can supply a bib.  Was this to be one of the great steak sanwiches/burgers of Melbourne? 


The place was packed so it took a good half hour for my burger to appear in its glistening finery. What struck me first up was the sheer size of the burger. This burger featured 200g of prime steak - making the burger great value on the quality of steak alone.


And the chips are golden and crunchy and all round of excellent quality. Full marks for the chips.


The only downside here was the amount of bread on this burger/sandwhich. For me it was too much bread. The trend these days is for lighter bread, as well as an element of sweetness, a la the brioche craze. This bread was heavy, slightly toasted, but just too much. Maybe the punters enjoy this style but I would have preferred something more subtle. So I prized the top layer from my burger and ate the burger like an open sandwich.

The steak was wonderful, as was the slaw and mushroom elements.

Monte is the premium line of beef exclusive to The Meat & Wine Co.
Monte Beef is sourced from only premium breeders of the highest quality MSA graded Angus cattle. Carefully reared and grazed on selected farms throughout Australia and monitored from the paddock to the plate using a process of stringent quality checks.
Monte premium cuts have a high marble score, tender texture and robust flavour. All meat is aged in a temperature controlled environment for a minimum of twenty-one days.
Monte cuts are grilled to the customers liking with their in-house basting and served with crunchy chips.


The fit out at Meat and Wine Co. is alluring with plenty of timber and up market decor. The mood becomes romantic at night with dim lighting, or should I say great use of downlights in the right places.

The menu is comprehensive with huge cuts of prime meat and ribs if it takes your fancy. As for ribs there's the choice of beef, pork or lamb ribs, or combinations thereof. If you don't want steak or ribs then chicken or calamari may take your fancy. 

It's all about choice. There's even a large array of sauce choices. And a plethora of sides, including Biltong, the South African strips of beef.

Staff are professional and engaging - with several staff attending to me during my visit.


Meat and Wine Co. serves up its meals on these wooden boards. Here are some ribs, looking sexy with the black grill markings across them and the shiny complexion of juicy goodness.

An express lunch for $15 is great value for the city worker.

Meat and Wine Co. was a satisfying experience for me, albeit I wasn't into the heavy bread on the burger. Next time I might be tempted with the ribs.

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