Melbourne’s dining scene is considered one of the strongest in the world with countless solid options across every cuisine you could think of. Last week, we looked at some of NSW’s great destinations offered as part of Citibank’s Dining Program. Here, we’ve pulled out a handful of notable restaurants that make up Victoria’s list. And just like our last list, if you’re a Citi customer your dining experience will be enriched with a free bottle of award winning wine when you pay with your Citi card.
Veludo – St Kilda
Recently refurbished St Kilda institution Veludo is bustling at breakfast, lunch and dinner offering hearty breakfasts until 3.30pm and a dinner menu ideal for sharing. Guests are invited to sit in the restaurant downstairs or take a more casual approach, dining in the bar upstairs – perfect if your party is more focused on cocktails than canapés! Veludo’s funky and fresh approach to dining is perfectly aligned with Partisan Tempranillo’s pure, unadulterated style that aims to create maximum regional and varietal expression in a bottle. Harnessing only the finest fruit from the foothills of Willunga (McLaren Vale), Partisan is awash with leap from the glass aromas of cherry, herbs, citrus peel and more dried spices than you can poke a stick at. Bright, fresh fruit tones are the name of the game in this utterly mouthwatering red – an un-oaked Spanish-style that places focus on fruit purity rather than wooded characteristics aptly suited to Veludo’s diverse menu and a real hit on Tapas night!
Nobu – Southbank
At 22 locations and counting, Nobu is anything but your regular chain. The foremost Japanese haunt in almost every city that it pops up in, Nobu Restaurant offers diners a veritable smorgasbord of innovation, flavour and utter gastronomical enjoyment coupled with superior service. The Southbank icon has been thriving since it popped up in the Crown Casino Complex and is a must visit for any Japanese food lover visiting Melbourne.
Whether your a fan of Kingfish Sashimi or Beef Tataki the array of light and tasty options will pair nicely with Last Horizon Pinot Noir’s soft, spicy palate and elegant toasty aromas. From the pristine, cool-climate Tamar Valley of Tasmania, Last Horizon offers an alluring scent of red cherries coupled with pristine red currant and game notes which act as the perfect counterpoint to the wine’s velvet-glove tannins. Wonderfully poised, this well presented red shows seamless integration of fruit, spice and oak and will effortlessly pair with Nobu’s lauded menu options.
Barkers Wine Bar & Bistro – Hawthorn
With the atmosphere of your local and the menu of a fine-dining restaurant (without the prices!) there is a whole lot to love about Hawthorn’s Barkers Wine and Bistro. Guests can choose from the carefully constructed bistro menu boasting refined pub classics and a great wood fired pizza offering perfect for a quick bite while relaxing in Barker’s plush lounge style surrounding.
While there, have a peek at Tightrope Walker Chardonnay – a wine that could well be the best value Chardonnay you’ll find. Exciting, ripe grapefruit flavours intermingle with hallmark stone fruit and cashew tones to produce a sumptuous, textural palate that leads forth to a bright, refreshing acid line. Copybook Yarra Chardonnay that is dominated by peach and nectarine, you’ll revel in orchard greens and a hint of creaminess from a prolonged 9 month lees contact. A wine with an impossibly high 6 Gold-medals, 2 trophies in show and a smart 94 Halliday points.