Taste of Melbourne

Thursday, November 19, 2015 Sharon Halim 0 Comments

Taste of Melbourne started around 10 years a go with just one show in London, UK. Now it has grown in 22 different cities around the globe with world wide chef and foodies to enjoy. This year, Taste of Melbourne happens on 12-15th November with 6 sessions spread over the 4 days. The session last between 4-5 hours with over 50 restaurant dishes to enjoy. This is definitely the perfect foodie heaven.

Tickets are available to purchased at the door or online via ticketek ranging from $15.29-$139.65. I suggest to purchase the tickets prior the date because it's cheaper and sometimes on some sessions the tickets sold out. All tickets available to be collected at the venue or city box office collection. They have various type of tickets starting at general entry, family tickets, silver pass, gold pass and platinum pass. Platinum pass gives u the privilege of fast track entry, exclusive access to the Platinum lounge, complimentary open bar, a gift from Riede, mini glass tasting by Riedel, VIP Cloakroom, private bathrooms and 30 crowns. I did get the Platinum pass this year cause I went on my birthday but I went in pretty fast cause there was no line, the open bar was nice but you can't bring any of the drinks out so next year I rather invest more money on Crowns rather than the tickets.

Crowns is the currency of Taste of Melbourne. 1 Crown = $1. Crown card can be purchased, topped up and refund at the event. I suggest to start at 30-50 Crown.

Beside the restaurants stalls, there are also another attractions such as Riedel and Govino wine tasting, Asahi beer tasting, a taste of beef and lamb, flavours of India features Neha previous contestant of Masterchef Indian flavours ice cream. 

The one that I found interesting was Electrolux Taste Theatre where you can enjoy live cooking by Australia's leading chef. There are also numerous masterclass you can attend featuring well known chef such as George Colombaris, Chris Moran and more. 

The one that caught my eye once I enter Taste of Melbourne was Dimmi First Date Butterfly house, basically it's a small box full of butterfly. It was a fun experience and they also have a competition to win $500 Dimmi voucher by uploading the best picture of the stall to Instagram.

Beside that there are also various small stall of food and drinks, the first one that caught my eye is T2. They are handing various tester of their refreshing tea.

Scroll is the first cold plate ice creamery in Australia, using the cold plate to create thin layer of ice cream and roll it so it looks like scroll on the cup. They are opening their first store at Windsor at the end of the month.

Maggie beer giving out a free ice cream sticks to everyone, on my day it was vanilla and burnt fig. I get a chance to try both and this is the first time I tasted burnt fig ice cream. I was surprised by how nice it is.

Zest speciality coffee roaster in Melbourne and Sydney. They created an attractive woody stall and sell various coffee drinks.

Smooth also made an attractive stall with free marshmallow with chocolate fountain and some comfortable seats.

There are also numerous other stalls selling fresh juices, wines, cakes, snacks, cheese and many other mouth watering goodies.

The most important and exciting part of Taste of Melbourne is the restaurants dishes. On normal occasions, it could take months and much more money to get a taste of 14 well known restaurant. Each of the restaurant prepares 3 dishes plus one special dishes.

Gazi is a Greek restaurant by George Calombaris and located on the former location of Press Club. Out of the four options, I decided to order their Soft shell Crab Souvlakakia - mint, coriander, honey, mayo (12 Crown). The soft shell crab was extremely crispy and very well seasoned, the bread was warm and fluffy, mayo, honey, mint and coriander just worked really well with the crab. It was delicious. It made me want to visit Gazi as soon as possible.

Movida has been in around since 2003 and it has been a hit. I tried their Pinchitos Morunos - Flinders Island lamb marinated in moorish spices and cooked over charcoal (10 Crown). It was presented in an interesting way, straight from the grill with bread on top of the skewer. It was moist and tasty. The skewer can be return to the box in the table after you are done eating.

Pastuso was named after Paddington Bear, who originally from Lima and it was open by the same owners with the Argentinian restaurant San Telmo (Dave and Mickey Parker, Jason and Renee McConnell) partnered up with Restaurant Manager Ben Wood and Head Chef Alejandro Saravia. They are both located in the same stall at The Taste of Melbourne. I have tried San Telmo before so I decided to try Pastuso instead. Pastuso is a modern Peruvian grill, cevicheria and pisco bar opened in 2014.  Cerdo - Smoked pork neck, Peruvian roasted chillies, sweet potato puree and grilled leek (10 Crown). It was moist, super tender and very well cooked.

Royal Mail Hotel and Pei Modern is the Rotating restaurant, it means Royak Mail Hotel is on Thursday and Friday, Pei Modern is on Saturday and Sunday. I went on a saturday so I get Pei Modern which I'm glad cause I have tried Royal Mail Hotel before. Pei Modern is a pretty popular stall and everybody was drawn to their BBQ smell. I 'Prawns-on-the-barbie' with marie rose sauce (8 Crown)

Sake is a Modern Japanese restaurant and they are the only restaurant in Taste of Melbourne that provides visual display of their dishes. I honestly attracted to all of  the dishes. My favourite was the Ocean Trout Tataki - white soy, creme fraiche, smoked daikon (12 Crown). It was fresh, light and well prepared.

Steamed Prawn Shumai Dumplings - ponzu gel scallions (6 Crown).  It was very well cooked, moist and definitely not a regular shumai.

Soy Garlic Karage - 7 spice Japanese tartare sauce (10 Crown) was very popular that day and it was super crunchy and tasty. 

Toasted Raspberry Bomb - umeshu caramel, broken raspberries (10 Crown) is Sake special dishes. It was sweet but balanced with the broken raspberries.

South Africa Five Hundred menu is designed by Chef Higgs. I can resist their Boerewors on the fire topped with a butternut pumpkin chutney (6 Crown). It was unique and flavourful.

Supernormal is an Asian inspired restaurant and has been popular since it's opened. Their Prawn and Chicken Dumplings - with chilli & vinegar sauce (8 Crown) was lovely, full of flavourful. Their dumplings is well made and the chilli and vinegar balanced each other out perfectly.

Overall, it was an awesome experience. The food was amazing, the atmosphere was great, I learn a lot from the master classes and I get the chance to meet some well known Australian chef. All on my birthday, I will do it again in a heart beat. Don't miss it next year!


Taste of Melbourne
Albert Park