The Melbourne Experience: What’s on in Melbourne Cafes, Restaurants and Bars

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The Melbourne Experience has put together this list of events showcasing what’s on at your favourite cafes, restaurants and bars in and around Melbourne.  We’re talking Special Events, Cooking Classes, Special Degustations, Wine Tastings, Beer Tastings, Special Packages and so much more.

This list will be updated regularly with more new events every month, so please make sure you keep coming back and seeing what else is new.  Also, if you know of any events that should be added to this list, please feel free to email us at themelbourniancritic@gmail.com so that we can keep this list up to date for all our lovely readers out there.

Thank you and enjoy!

The Melbourne Experience 
(Also known as Melbourniancritic)


September Special – Bottomless Gnocchi at Mamma’s Boy Trattoria
Mamma’s Boy Trattoria in Brunswick is excited to introduce a new offer for this month. For the entire month of September, guests are invited to experience ‘Bottomless Gnocchi’.   For 2 hours, indulge and work your way through Mamma’s handmade and fluffy gnocchi pillows topped with 4 mouthwatering sauces.  Gnocchi fans are encouraged to bring their friends to enjoy this hearty experience and to try all the deliciously saucy gnocchi dishes for dinner between Tuesday to Saturday or for lunch on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.   The Mamma’s Boy regular menu is still available if guests would like to pair their gnocchi with a glass of Italian wine or freshly-filled cannoli.  At Mamma’s Boy Trattoria you can expect warm and friendly hospitality with food inspired by dishes that Italians grew up with back home. 

When: Available until 30 September 2019
Dinner Seating times: Tuesdays to Saturdays: 5.30pm and 7.30pm
Lunch Seating times: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays: 12pm and 1pm
Address: Mamma’s Boy Trattoria, 6/10 Tripovich Street, Brunswick, VIC 3056
How to get to Mamma’s Boy Trattoria: Map & Directions
Cost: $30pp includes 4 courses (set menu) with the option of additional $30pp for matched wines.
Bookings & Details: Call on 03 9048 4967 or Click here (Quote ‘Bottomless Gnocchi’ when booking)

HopsFest Beer Festival at The General Assembly (Week Four)
Week Four – Pirate Life Brewing – 16th September until 22nd September 2019
For those who like to craft their own, now’s the chance to gather home brewing tips for lager, IPA and pale ale from the unique Pirate Life.  For relaxed vibes, thirsty troopers can party with the brewers while sampling free tasters and soaking up live music with Boozy Bash Saturdays, 4pm – 7pm.

On Thursday 19th September you can meet the team from Pirate Life: Home brewing masterclass/Pirate Life tastings/Matched snacks. 
When: Thursday 19th September 2019 
Address: The General Assembly, 29 South Wharf Promenade, South Wharf, VIC 3006
How to get to The General Assembly: Map & Directions

Cost: $30.00 per person
Book online: Click here

Also, Bottomless Brew Sundays will continue with two hours of unlimited brewer beer on tap (includes two of their limited-edition beers) and perfectly tailored eats each week.  
When: Sunday (Two sessions: 12:00pm till 2:00pm then 2:30pm until 4:30pm)
Address: The General Assembly, 29 South Wharf Promenade, South Wharf, VIC 3006
How to get to The General Assembly: Map & Directions

Cost: $49.00 per person
Menu: Booze Food Menu
Book online: Click here


Infused High Tea Experience at Conservatory at Crown
For a limited time only experience the sensational flavours of an innovative menu of tea-infused sweet delights during Afternoon Tea at Conservatory.  The impressive and unique menu will hero your favourite tea flavours in a selection of delicate and delicious treats such as Rose Vanilla Tea and Raspberry Tart, Smoked Lapsang Souchong Tea Cigar and Blood Orange and Eucalyptus Tea Choux Bun.  
Start your afternoon with a complimentary selected tea-infused mocktail on arrival of your choice and select to upgrade to one of the beverage packages on offer.  In addition, an impressive cocktail list is on offer to add to your experience from Camellia Mojito, Berry Sensation Bellini and Vanilla Rose Cuvee.   

Every guest will take home a special goodie bag including two loose leaf tea samples to try at home.  Available until Sunday 29 September 2019 – Bookings are essential.

$75 per person for Afternoon Tea and flowing tea and coffee
$95 per person for Afternoon Tea and a flute of Piper-Heidsieck
$120 per person for Afternoon Tea and flowing Piper-Heidsieck

When: Saturday 21st September to Sunday 29th September 2019 (Weekends only)
Address: Conservatory at Crown, Level 1 Crown Towers, 8 Whiteman St, Southbank VIC 3006

To Book: call on (03) 9292 5777 or book online here


Maltese Independence Lunch at Maha Restaurant
Join Shane and his family as they celebrate the biggest day in history on the Maltese calendar.  Taking place on ​Saturday 21st September and Sunday 22nd September, enjoy a 6 course menu with matching beverages for $135.00 per person.  More details and the full menu will be released closer to the event date. Please also note for this special event, we are only able to cater for vegan, vegetarian and gluten free dietary requirements. 

When: Saturday 21st September 2019 and Sunday 22nd September 2019
Address: Maha Restaurant, 21 Bond Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000
How to get to Maha Restaurant: Map & Directions

Cost: $135.00 per person
Menu: Maltese Independence Lunch Menu
To Book: call on (03) 9629 5900 or visit: maharestaurant.com.au/bookings


Hawker 88 Night Market
The Hawker 88 Night Market brings the sights, sounds and tastes of Asia to Queen Vic Market this spring. Step under the Market’s iconic sheds and feast on authentic street food from Thailand to Japan, Vietnam to Korea, and Malaysia to Sri Lanka at more than 20 food stalls. Meet friends, shop for the weird and wonderful, and enjoy live music and cultural celebrations with a different theme each week.

Weekly Themes
25th September 2019: Malaysia Durian Festival
2nd October 2019: Korea & Japan Festival
9th October 2019: Bali & Boracay Island Night
16th October 2019: Diwali Bollywood Night
23rd October 2019: South East Asia Festival

When: Every Wednesday until Wednesday 23rd October 2019
Time: 5:00pm until 10:00pm
Address: Sheds K-L (Queen St to Peel St), Queen Victoria Market
Cost: Free entry and entertainment, with food and drinks available for purchase.


World Dumpling Day Degustation at Oriental Teahouse
For one night only, wine and dine with the humble dumpling, when Oriental Teahouse puts on a six-course degustation dinner for World Dumpling Day on Thursday 26th September 2019.  Oriental Teahouse’s very own dedicated dumpling aficionados have been working around the clock to perfect the menu which features 15 gourmet dumplings, each inspired by regions across the world.  

The degustation is priced at $65.00 per person and includes six-courses with 15 different dumplings, with creative combinations such as Laksa Dumpling with mushroom and prawn; Braised Duck Leg Dumpling topped with Sichuan tea smoked duck breast and long Jing tea soup, or Scallop and Prawn Dumpling with a traditional Cantonese XO sauce, before finishing with Mini Sweet Dumplings served with ice-cream, sweet liquors and espresso, inspired by an Italian adffogato.  No degustation is complete without a complementing beverage; for an additional $20 per person guests can upgrade to include wine matches such as a glass of La Prova ‘Zanzara’ Pinot Bianco 2017 with the Chilli Prawn Coriander Shu Mai, a refreshing lager with the Pan Fried Australian Barramundi Dumpling and the Kunizakari ‘Muroka’ Umeshu with the Lychee and Red Bean Dumpling with coconut shavings and palm sugar sauce.

When: Thurday 26th September 2019
Address: Oriental Teahouse – 455 Chapel St, South Yarra VIC 3141
How to get to Oriental Teahouse: Map & Directions

Cost: $65.00 per person (Food only), $85.00 per person (with matched drinks)
To Book: Click here


2019 Grand Final Day at The Woolshed Melbourne
Join the Woolshed Melbourne for the 2019 AFL Grand Final Day on Saturday 28th September 2019.  Choose from their 3 package options

Option One: The Super Box VIP Luncheon
Located in our Harbour View Room, complete with four plasma screens, full surround sound, waterside terrace and private bar with a special appearance by a VIP AFL player.
When: Saturday 28th September 2019 (12:30pm – 5:30pm)
Address: Woolshed Melbourne, Central Pier, Shed 9/161 Harbour Esplanade, Docklands, VIC 3008
How to get the Woolshed Melbourne: Map & Directions

Cost: $150.00 per person
Includes: 3 course lunch, Half time pies, sausage rolls and scones, Tap beers, sparkling, white & red wine
* Only 80 spaces available

Option Two: Mezzanine VIP
Birds eye view of the main bar, including two giant plasma screens with surround sound and full service dispense bar with a special appearance by a VIP AFL player.
When: Saturday 28th September 2019 (12:30pm – 5:30pm)
Address: Woolshed Melbourne, Central Pier, Shed 9/161 Harbour Esplanade, Docklands, VIC 3008
How to get the Woolshed Melbourne: Map & Directions

Cost: $125.00 per person
Includes: Canapes and Substantial Bowls, Half time pies, sausage rolls and scones, Heineken on tap, bottled beers, sparkling, white & red wines
* Only 50 spaces available

Option Three: General Admission
Book a table in the main bar to be immersed in the Grand Final Day buzz, food and drinks at bar prices.  Drink specials, best dressed prizes and drink sweepstakes throughout the day with Live music in the main bar after the game!  A $25 per person deposit is required (redeemable on the day for food and beverage).  Claim your table by 12.30pm – To book call the events office on 03 8623 9641.


Chardy Party – A Chardonnay Wine Tasting hosted by Hampton Wine Co & Carboot Wines
Chardonnay is the king of white wine and Hampton Wine Co together with Carboot Wines are planning a joyous celebration of all its guile and wiles.  Join them for a raspberry-blow at all those poor misguided pupils of the ABC (Anything But Chardonnay) school. Your ticket to our Chardy Party Wine Tasting gets you access to 20 plus Chardonnays over the course of two hours, accompanied by finger food. Bookings for this event are essential as tickets will not be available at the door.

When: Saturday 12th October 2019 (2:00pm – 4:00pm)
Address: Hampton Wine Co, 444 Hampton Street, Hampton, VIC 3188
How to get to Hampton Wine Co: Map & Directions
Cost: $35.00 per person
Get Tickets: Click here


Terracotta Warriors High Tea hosted by Sofitel Melbourne on Collins
Once brightly coloured, a platoon of clay warriors were concealed over 2200 years ago with China’s first emperor Qin to accompany him to eternal life.  ‘Unearth’ your love of culture and art, with an Asian infused high tea and restore the chocolate-crafted guardians back to life with Dulux® colour-matched fountains at Sofitel’s exclusive Terracotta Warriors & High Tea.  

Pastry Chef, David Hann has crafted an Asian high tea featuring chocolate & pineapple wontons, red bean bombes and matcha macarons. All the desserts will be accompanied by a hot buffet selection of Chinese favourites, including steamed pork buns, crispy prawn fried wontons, char siu sandwiches.  High tea gastronomes can also embrace their inner artist and choose from four flowing fountains with Dulux Mint Twist, Dulux Symphony Red, Dulux Midas Touch and Dulux China White edible chocolate paint to colour the warriors back to life.

When: Every Saturday & Sunday from now until 13th October 2019 (from 2:30pm until 4:30pm)
Cost: $99 per person (includes sparkling wine on arrival, unlimited supply of Asian inspired dessert and savouries ($35 per child)
Address: Sofitel on Collins, 25 Collins St, Melbourne, VIC 3000
How to get there: Map & Directions
To Book: Click here


RSRV Meat & Greet Wine Dinner hosted by Woolshed Melbourne
After hosting a very successful Pig & Pinot event, Woolshed Melbourne are bringing you a second Meat & Greet Dinner for 2019!  Meet Mumm Champagne Ambassador Emmanuel de Madre as he guides us through the food and wine journey whilst you indulge on a delicious five course dinner curated by Head Chef Jordan Monkhouse – matched perfectly with some of G.H. Mumm’s most exclusive champagne.

When: Thursday 17th October 2019 (7:00pm – 11:00pm)
Address: Woolshed Melbourne, Central Pier, Shed 9/161 Harbour Esplanade, Docklands, VIC 3008
How to get the Woolshed Melbourne: Map & Directions
Cost: $150.00 per person
Get Tickets: Click here


Mentor & Protégé Dinner at Bottega Restaurant
This special one-off four-course feast will showcase the talents of two great chefs The Mentor (Simon Arkless) & The Protégé (Dusty Treweek).  Head chef of Rutherglen’s Terrace Restaurant at All Saints Estate, Simon (The Mentor) will head to the CBD & Bourke Street’s Bottega Restaurant for a collaborative dinner on Friday 25th October 2019.

Simon is teaming up with Bottega’s Head Chef, Dusty (The Protégé & former apprentice to Simon) as they both cook up their best dishes, featuring premium produce from North East Victoria & the city alike, bringing you a fun & cohesive menu – course by course.  On the Mentor’s side of things, Simon will bring some of Rutherglen’s best produce to the city – the special four course feast will feature free range lamb & pork, grown on the grounds of All Saints Estate. As Dusty showcases his experience from some of Melbourne’s best Italian kitchens,both chefs will serve up delicious dishes that allow this spectacular produce to shine.  All Saints Estate winemaker, Nicholas Brown will match a collection of their wines to the menu & the Brown family sibling owners will be there to guide you through the hand-picked selections.

When: Friday 27th September 2019 (7:00pm – 10:30pm)
Address: Bottega Restaurant, 74 Bourke Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000
Cost: $120.00 per person (includes four delicious courses with matched wines)
Get Tickets Book online: www.bottega.com.au/events


Cooking Classes with Shane Delia of Maha Restaurant
In partnership with leading kitchen appliance retailer E&S, Cooking Classes with Shane Delia of Maha is an all-inclusive culinary experience, where you’ll be taught the secrets of the Maha kitchen and help you bring a little Maha magic into your own home.​  Held from 11:00am until 3:00pm on Saturday, 26th October 2019 and hosted in Maha Restaurant’s beautiful dining room, this intimate class includes: Canapés and Champagne on arrival, cooking demonstration by Shane Delia, 3 course lunch with matching wine, roaming desserts, tea and coffee, meet and greet with Shane Delia, along with a booklet of recipes to take home.

When: Saturday 26th October 2019 (11:00am – 3:00pm)
Address: Maha Restaurant, 21 Bond Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000
How to get to Maha Restaurant: Map & Directions
Cost: $250.00 per person
Get Tickets: Click here or call on 03 9629 5900


Art of the Boilermaker Mondays hosted by White Oaks Saloon & Dining
White Oaks Saloon & Dining in Prahran invite you to attend their weekly ‘Art of the Boilermaker’ Mondays From 7:00pm, for $50 per person you can explore 4 spectacular craft beers with four exceptional whiskies and discovering the Art of the Boilermaker.  These boilermaker matchings are available for the rest of the week for $20 each, or until sold out.  To book in for a Monday ‘Art of The Boilermaker’ evening,
email reservations@whiteoakssaloon.com.au

When: Every Monday from now until 30th Dec 2019 (Every Monday from 7:00pm until 8:30pm) 
Address: The White Oaks Saloon, 115-117 Greville St, Prahran VIC 3181
How to get there: Map & Directions
To Book: Email – reservations@whiteoakssaloon.com.au
Website: White Oaks Saloon


Tuesdays Bottomless Pizza at Pizza E Birra
On Tuesdays at Pizza E Birra in St Kilda you can enjoy 2 hours (max) of Bottomless Pizza for $25 or Bottomless Vegan Pizza  for $29. In addition for $20 you can accompany your decious pizza feast with Bottomless Tap Beer or Tap Wine too.  Any extra toppings, sides or drinks are to be charged separately. Everyone on the table must purchase the offer (one in, all in) and everyone must be seated to start the offer.  Please note that this offer is not available for take away and it is not available in conjunction with any other offer.  

When: Every Tuesday
Address: Pizza E Birra, 60 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda, VIC 3182
For Bookings: Call 03 9537 3465


Test Kitchen Tuesdays arrive at Tutto Bene
Tuesdays are the new hot dining day at Tutto Bene. Recently appointed Head Chef Nicolo Conenna (095 Group, Carmine’s Group) heralds in a fresh dining event for any foodie’s calendar: ‘Test Kitchen Tuesdays’.  Occupying the last Tuesday of each month, Tutto Bene’s Test Kitchen Tuesday will see diners treated to a degustation of delights, enjoying four courses for just $40.  The set menu will comprise of all new dishes each month, only available on the night.  Bookings are essential and can be made via the Tutto Bene website or by calling 03 9696 3334.

When: On the last Tuesday of each month
Address: Tutto Bene, Mid Level, Southgate Melbourne. M28/3 Southgate Ave, Southbank, VIC 3006
Cost: $40pp includes 4 courses (set menu) with the option of additional $30pp for matched wines.

For Bookings and more details: Click here


Test Kitchen Tuesdays arrive at Tutto Bene
Tuesdays are the new hot dining day at Tutto Bene. Recently appointed Head Chef Nicolo Conenna (095 Group, Carmine’s Group) heralds in a fresh dining event for any foodie’s calendar: ‘Test Kitchen Tuesdays’.  Occupying the last Tuesday of each month, Tutto Bene’s Test Kitchen Tuesday will see diners treated to a degustation of delights, enjoying four courses for just $40.  The set menu will comprise of all new dishes each month, only available on the night.  Bookings are essential and can be made via the Tutto Bene website or by calling 03 9696 3334.

When: On the last Tuesday of each month
Address: Tutto Bene, Mid Level, Southgate Melbourne. M28/3 Southgate Ave, Southbank, VIC 3006
Cost: $40pp includes 4 courses (set menu) with the option of additional $30pp for matched wines.

For Bookings and more details: Click here


Saturday Night Degustation at Syracuse Restaurant & Wine Bar
On Saturday nights at Syracuse Restaurant & Wine Bar you can indulge in a 7 course degustation menu for $77.00 per person. You can choose to pair it with beverages selected by their wine specialists to really treat yourself to an unforgettable experience.  This degustation is on available on Saturday nights by booking only.

When: Every Saturday night (from 6:00pm until 8:30pm)
Cost: $77.00 per person 
Address: Syracuse Restaurant & Wine Bar, 90 – 130 Swanston Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000
Menu:
Saturday Night Degustation Menu

For Bookings and more detailsClick here


Bottomless Sundays at Gingerboy Restaurant
Taking cues from the beloved bottomless lunches you’d find dotting every corner in L.A. and New York, each Sunday Gingerboy will be dishing out dumplings and topping up your tipple with your choice of bottomless sparkling, mimosas, Bia Hanoi, house cocktail or some of their mocktail varieties!  To keep you drinks company, Gingerboy have put together a special sunday menu – click on menu link below for details.  

This Bottomless package is limited to 2 hours per booking. please ensure you communicate all dietary requirements at time of booking.  Also a 10% surcharge applies on Sundays and Public Holidays.

When: Every Sunday (from 12:00pm until 2:30pm) 
Address: Gingerboy Restaurant, 27-29 Crossley Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000
Cost: $70 per person

For more Menu & more info: Menu for Bottomless Sundays at Gingerboy


Traditional Sunday Roast Special at Angus and Bon
Looking for somewhere to kick back and enjoy a delicious Sunday roast… well why not pop along to Angus and Bon and make the most of their Traditional Sunday Roast Experience.  For 12:00pm until 3:00pm every Sunday for $29 per person you can enjoy their Chef’s cut of the week with roast vegetables, mash, gravy, Yorkshire pudding and all of the trimmings. To make a reservation call 03 9533 9593

When: Every Sunday (from 12:00pm until 3:00pm) 
Address: Angus and Bon, 168 Greville St, Prahran, VIC 3181
Cost: $29 per person

For more info on Specials deals: Angus and Bon


Photo Credit: The Melbourne Experience, Mamma’s Boy Trattoria, St Ali, General Assembly, Conservatory Crown, Hawker 88 Night Market, Maha, Discovera