No heading to the Melbourne Cup? Then consider these fun options for celebrating the race that stops the nation!
For those looking for a sophisticated event away from the busy race track, Saké offers a tranquil Japanese setting with city views overlooking the Yarra River. Guests can enjoy a stunning five-course lunch and an afternoon full of racing entertainment. Watch a live screening of Australia’s most-watched horse race and wear your finest racing outfit as there are prizes for the best dressed on the day.
Saké guests will receive a glass of Veuve Clicquot on arrival before enjoying Executive Chef Wayne Brown’s five-course Omakase lunch designed just for the occasion. From blue swimmer crab to fragrant duck breast, the carefully curated Melbourne Cup menu pays homage to both the fresh spring produce available in Australia and modern Japanese cuisine.
Five-course Omakase menu, including glass of Veuve Clicquot: $95pp
Saké Restaurant & Bar – Hamer Hall – 100 St Kilda Road, Melbourne VIC 3004
Tel +61 (3) 86870775
Down the Yarra, Munich Brauhaus will celebrate Melbourne Cup with big biers, big food and an even bigger party. Guests can sit back and watch the race live on the big screen while enjoying Munich’s famous Bavarian food, ice cold steins and flowing bubbles in the 900-seat über venue. There will be sweepstakes and prizes for best dressed.
À la carte Bavarian menu, racing entertainment and exclusive biers Book here
Munich Brauhaus – 45 South Wharf Promenade, South Wharf, Melbourne, VIC 3006
PHONE: 1300 686 424
In Sydney, you can head to the following restaurants for special Melbourne Cup day celebrations
Otto’s La Tazza Melbourne Cup Day Lunch A La Dolce Vita
The race that stops the nation gets a dose of la dolce vita at Otto. Kick off with a glass of champagne and an assaggi on arrival amid the bustling Woolloomooloo wharf, followed by a three-course lunch. Choose each course from our selection of four signature modern Italian dishes, and enjoy relaxed fun with sweeps, plasma screens to watch the race live and an award for the best hat of the day. The lucky winner will head home with a hamper full of edible treats. $175 per person.
For Melbourne Cup bookings at Otto, please email [email protected] or call (02) 9368 7488
An elegant race day at Bennelong, Sydney Opera House
Take to Sydney’s most iconic waterside setting for an elegant, all-Australian Melbourne Cup affair. Guests will be treated to a glass of Charles Heidsieck Champagne on arrival, followed by a four-course lunch menu designed by head chef Peter Gilmore, harnessing the best of local produce. As the races play out live on plasma screens, Master of Wine Ned Goodwin will MC the sweeps, lucky door prizes and “fashions off the field” competition, set against panoramic views of Sydney harbour. $200 per person.
For Melbourne Cup bookings at Bennelong, please visit www.bennelong.com.au or call (02) 9240 8000