Here’s the big-city lunch you’ve been waiting for. And we mean big. We invite you to join a bespoke insider tour of the best 80 Collins has to eat and drink right now. Over a very relaxed afternoon, we’ll take in four flagship venues at Melbourne’s premier new shopping and restaurant destination, stopping at each to get to know them, and getting a taste of what they’re all about.
Hosted by Cam Smith of Triple R’s Eat It program, you’ll meet at Handpicked Cellar Door and begin your adventure with a pinot noir masterclass led by winemaker Peter Dillon, which will include the cellar’s first tasting of its wines from Oregon, which will have just landed in Australia. Platters of cheese and charcuterie will complement the good things in the glass.
We’ll then walk the 30 steps across the courtyard to Farmer’s Daughters, where we’ll be greeted by Alejandro Saravia’s pick of Gippsland’s seasonal best. Chef has been talking about the likes of Terramirra Park venison with preserved pine mushrooms and blueberries, about char-grilling sugarloaf cabbage to serve with seaweed butter, and about roasting beetroots and dressing them with onion vinaigrette and fresh ricotta. We’ll confirm the details closer to the day (that’s what seasonality is all about, right?), but rest assured it’ll be a flavour-forward occasion.
Something sweet? La Madonna takes the baton. Here the bar and restaurant at Next, Melbourne’s newest boutique hotel, presents a signature dessert, and will also demonstrate the magic of their barrel-aged Negronis with a decanting demonstration in intimate groups in the Barrel Room with spirits master Phil Smithers.
A mere hop, skip and a few steps takes us then to Nick & Nora’s for a speakeasy showstopper: Cardinale Sin. This signature cocktail brings together gin, lemongrass, lemon myrtle sorbet and sparkling wine like never before. We don’t want to ruin the surprise but the making of the drink is theatrical to say the least – a fitting tribute to its namesake, the Italian-born starlet Claudia Cardinale, and a fabulous way to close out an afternoon dedicated to the finer things in life. It’s lunch, illuminated.
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