The Melbourne Cup is just around the corner and here at Good Food Gift Card, we’re pretty excited.
The Melbourne Cup is a truly spectacular Australian event and when organisers claim it’s “the race that stops the nation” they’re not kidding. No matter where you are in Australia, come the first Tuesday of November you’ll stop at 3pm to witness the world’s greatest thoroughbreds battle it out to cement their names in history.
The Melbourne Cup is one great event and, lucky for us, many of our Good Food Gift Card partners offer up something special to celebrate the day. Not sure how to celebrate it yet? Why not head to our nearest partner restaurant and enjoy the exhilarating atmosphere. Not only will you be met with a heart-stopping race, you’ll be assured of great food, great champagne and an electric ambience in which to celebrate the event.
The Atlantic, Southbank
The Atlantic is inspired by the famous New York meatpacking district and the hustle and bustle of the Chicago fish markets. Its uncompromising focus on excellence makes it an exciting place to be any day of the week, so you can only imagine the scene come Melbourne Cup. If heart-pumping action amidst unrivalled glamour is your idea of fun, you can’t go past The Atlantic.
This year the Atlantic will be offering a stylish ocean-to-plate experience designed exclusively by Executive Chef Donovan Cooke. You’ll be able to choose three courses from a full à la carte menu for $110 per person. You’ll also enjoy an outstanding wine list, live coverage of the races, giveaways and more. Racewear is optional, however bookings are essential.
Raffael’s Cafe Bar & Grill, Werribee
Raffael’s Cafe, Bar & Grill specialises in contemporary international cuisine. From hearty breakfasts to mouthwatering cakes, slices, lunch and dinner, Raffael’s offers something for every taste. For those of you wanting to taste the experience of an extended Melbourne Cup Day, Raffael’s is offering up a cocktail party that can’t be missed.
Raffael’s Cafe Cup Evening Cocktail Party features live music from X-factor runner-up Sally Chatfield, finger food, sparkling wine on arrival, and prizes – all for just $55 per person. Between 7:30pm and 12:30am you can spend your winnings on a range of fancy cocktails and drinks while enjoying excellent food on the charming Outdoor Alfresco Deck. Who doesn’t love a Melbourne Cup after party, right?
La Camera Southgate, Southbank
La Camera Italian Restaurant in Southgate offers a relaxing environment and authentic Italian food. Situated amongst the treetops on Southgate’s mid level, you can savour your meal and a view at La Camera with a choice of two balconies overlooking the Yarra River and iconic Flinders St Station. The restaurant is family owned and you will have a real sense of the love poured into La Camera, courtesy of the walls adorned with black and white photos.
Are you looking for somewhere to go before the races? La Camera is offering a Spring Carnival High Breakfast that includes assorted savouries and sweets with sparkling wine, tea/coffee, and juice for just $45 per person. Start your Melbourne Cup Day the way it should be started and enjoy a high breakfast before ferrying on over to the Cup.
Stockroom, Double Bay
Stockroom restaurant and grill delivers fresh, quality ingredients to the table each day. Executive Chef, Julien Pouteau, and his team use the robata grill to create homely dishes complemented by housemade preserves, breads and market-fresh sides. Located in the leafy bayside village of Double Bay and dripping in elegance, Stockroom is an ideal venue for those looking to celebrate in sophisticated style.
This Melbourne Cup, Stockroom are offering a Lady Luck Luncheon that includes an array of delicious dishes, including Cone Bay barramundi, slow-roasted Wagyu beef and aged cheddar potato gratin dauphinois. For $130 per person you’ll enjoy a glass of G.H.Mumm Champagne on arrival and the most sumptuous buffet you can imagine.
Riley St Garage, Woolloomooloo
Once a full service garage, Riley St Garage is now a full service restaurant and bar that exudes an atmosphere of spectacular industrial design. Award winning Chef, Regan Porteous, heads the kitchen, where he sends out oysters, share plates, sides and sweets. Behind the central bar you’ll find endless types of Canadian and Irish whiskey, craft beers and an original cocktail list featuring the classics with a twist.
This Melbourne Cup, diners at Riley St Garage can enjoy an eight course set menu for $175 per person, which includes a glass of Laurent Perrier Champagne. You will also enjoy sweeps and prizes, live coverage of the Cup, and a DJ until 5:30pm.
Any time you visit Room81 is a memorable experience, with locals and tourists flocking to enjoy their renowned degustation experience. The intriguing food journey features a range of mouthwatering morsels courtesy of Chef Sam Moore, and each bite is a flavour burst that sends you into foodie heaven.
This Melbourne Cup, Sam is presenting his Melbourne Cup Luncheon, which at $139 per person is excellent value. Tantalise your senses with a delectable four-course food experience and enjoy a three hour premium beverage package as well. This bespoke event will draw an uber chic crowd and will feature live entertainment, race sweepstakes, prizes for best dressed, and more. Room81 is the ultimate Melbourne Cup experience on the Gold Coast.
Noosa Waterfront Restaurant, Noosa
We all know that the glamorous crowd spend time in Noosa, so it’s no surprise that Noosa is this year serving up an ultra stylish Melbourne Cup event. The casual yet elegant Noosa Waterfront Restaurant overlooks parklands and tranquil waters and will this year be hosting a fantastic 3 course Melbourne Cup Lunch, a bargain at just $85. You’ll enjoy food from Chef Andrea Ravezzani, who recently took over ownership of the beautiful restaurant. Having owned and managed successful restaurants in Milan, and coming fresh from Noosa favourite, Locale, Andrea is sure to excite this Melbourne Cup. As well as good food, expect to enjoy a glass of champagne on arrival, big screens, live music, sweeps and prizes.
Cafe Bellavista, East Perth
Cafe Bellavista is a family-owned fully licensed restaurant and pizzeria that’s a favourite amongst the locals. Open for breakfast and dinner every day, as well as Sunday lunch, it offers casual à la carte dining and the friendliest staff you could meet. If you’re after a relaxed setting for your Melbourne Cup celebrations, you’ll love Cafe Bellavista and its two course lunch menu for just $37 per person. Not only will you be given a glass of wine or beer on arrival, you’ll enjoy live coverage of the Cup on three big screens, sweepstakes, and prizes for best dressed.
Celebrate in style
So there you have it – eight incredible Good Food Gift Card partners offering unmissable events on Tuesday November 1, the day the nation stops. All that’s left to do now is figure out what you’re wearing and who to celebrate with. And don’t forget your official yellow rose!