Back in one of the world’s foodie capitals, Melbourne for the first time since February 2020 – 20 days pre our Covid jail sentence.
And three dinners with Melbourne residents and friends – Damien, Jamie, Kate & Duncan and co.
Matilda – Open fire, hot coals, modern Aussie food at the Royal Botanical Gardens. Good bar, good Aussie wines – Kangaroo tartare, oysters, dressed Fraser Island Spanner Crab, Murray Cod and amazing steaks.
Gimlet – Private room for eight of us at Gimlet in the 120 year old Cavendish House in Melbourne’s CBD. A nostalgia/retro heritage gem – great cocktail list, terrific atmosphere. Jam packed (on a Monday!), great service, another dose of great local produce.
Bar Lourinha – A tiny Portuguese tapas/wine bar on Little Collins Street. Casual, lively, no frills – great sardines and bacalao.
Cecconi’s – Classic Venetian inspired Italian.
A good time was had by all.
And Auckland awaits!!