Crown Melbourne’s newly launched riverside restaurant and bar GING THAI is offering complimentary dining experiences to guests who present their
current passport bearing immigration stamps to Thailand – available from 24 to 27 October. As the fifth most popular destination for Australians travelling overseas (ABS 2017), there’s no denying Thailand holds a place in many Aussie’s hearts. To celebrate this and its recent launch, GING THAI will transport travellers back to Thailand to relive their most memorable dining experiences. The best bit? The more you have travelled to Thailand, the more you are rewarded! From Thursday 24 October until Sunday 27 October, guests who show they’ve travelled to Thailand once on their current passport will be treated to a serving of Spiced Chicken Wings; while those who have ventured twice will enjoy a free Chicken Pad Thai. More frequent travellers who have visited at least three times will tuck into a serving of Pork Satay Skewers alongside a traditional Green Chicken Curry. And better yet, those who have
ventured to Thailand ten times or more can indulge in the ultimate banquet – GING THAI’s Feed Me menu for two.

While the limited-time passport offering is available across lunch and dinner, guests who visit during the hours of 4pm-7pm on Friday 25 October can also enjoy a live DJ and $12 cocktails, $10 selected wines and $8 selected beers.

Available for four days only, bookings are highly recommended and can be made online or by phoning the restaurant on 03 9292 5777.



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Crowd favourite, Good Times Milk Bar has created a seasonal selection of tasty new dishes on the new Spring menu running from the middle of September through to the Summer months. The well-established Bentleigh cafe is no stranger to producing heavenly dishes with seasonal ingredients and this Spring menu certainly no exception. The warmer weather brings in a selection of dishes using fresh and light ingredients making dishes so tasty you won’t be able to resist. If the French Toast with callebaut white chocolate and espresso cream doesn’t have your sweet tooth tingling we are sure that the Seafood Linguine with a mixture of delicious seafood will do more than hit the spot!

New dishes include Bircher Muesli served with passionfruit coconut yogurt, seasonal fruit, oats, sultanas, goji berries, seeds & mandarins,  new Brekky Greens that feature broccolini, green beans, asparagus, kale, avocado, tomato, black rice, green hummus & add a poached egg, bacon or trout, GTMB Corn Fritterswith tomato kasundi, avocado-cream, candy radish, cucumber, mint, coriander, green apple, snow pea tendrils, sorrel, poached egg & add bacon,
chorizo or trout and the sure to be new cafe favourite, Seafood Linguine served with calamari, mussels, fresh fish, garlic, chilli, herbs, white wine butter, pangrattato and lemon.

Good Times Milk Bar continues to let the good times roll and is now also serving alcohol, perfect for a sunny Spring afternoon. The range of delicious cocktails, Spritz, wine and beer options are perfect to be paired back with any of the delicious new Spring menu dishes.

83 Tucker Road, Bentleigh Victoria 3204



A cheeky new Italian all-day dining venue, Marameo, has come out to play, brought to the city by the team behind CBD institution Il Bacaro and South Yarra’s Bar Carolina – recognised restaurateur Joe Mammone and partners Michael Badr and Marco Tenuta.

“We’re looking to do something different here. When I think about Marameo — a playful Italian hand gesture — I think about a cheeky young girl running around creating mischief. That’s what we’re trying to create, a space where it’s all about having a good time,” says Mammone.Esteemed hospitality design firm Chris Connell Design has transformed the space formerly housing Sarti to reflect Marameo’s playful character, with a bright palette of white marble, blonde timber, burnt orange leather and bottle green detailing.An extensive dedicated bar space will accommodate all intents and drinking purposes, from weekday express lunch drop-ins for $15 spaghetti cacio e pepe,  to pre- and post-theatre bites and catch-ups over salumi, formaggi and spritzes across the statement white Carrara marble bar.

For intimate dining, a banquette-lined 80-seat restaurant and two private dining spaces invite guests to settle into more substantial items from the menu by Head Chef Geoff Martin, including pasta made in-house daily and a considerable element from Marameo’s grill.

Delivering the Italian aperitivo, the north-west facing terrace encourages patrons to while away sunny afternoons well into the evening. Developed by Badr and Sommelier Tom Maiden (Jackalope), the drinks list offers a dedicated spritz section, a wide range of spirits,  a concise cocktail list of elevated classics and house signatures like the four-month barrel-aged negroni, as well as a 300-strong wine list.

Whether visiting for a good time, a long time or anything in between, Marameo will offer a fresh and vibrant experience at the iconic Melbourne laneway site; patrons need only to enter through the white door and let the fun begin.



The annual cherry season sees families, friends and fruit-lovers alike flock from near and afar to pick their own fresh cherries from Yarra Valley’s picturesque CherryHill Orchards. From 30 November to 12 January visitors can bask in the sunshine, taste as many of the sweetest cherries straight from the trees as they like, and even take some home to enjoy.

Cherry season is one of the few times this beautiful orchard opens its door to the public for a unique and memorable day out in the country – opening every day throughout the season, 9am – 5pm (excluding Christmas day) with live musicians performing on the weekends. Visitors receive a complimentary Cherish Spritzer on arrival and the friendly CherryHill team will be on hand to show visitors how and where to pick the ripest cherries and ensure they learn and have fun along the way.

The Orchard’s famous cherry ice-cream and delicious cherry drinks will be available for purchase, including the newly launched CherryHill Rosé Cider and the signature Cherish Spritzer.

Guests can relax and unwind among the rows of cherry trees by setting up their own picnic in the orchard or enjoy food from rotating food trucks on site, while children can enjoy free face painting and garden games for the whole family. The perfect place to catch-up or take a trip out of town, groups of ten or more can purchase a group ticket at a discounted price. All tickets prices are as follows:

Pick Your Own:
Family (2 adults and 2 children) – $35
Adult (14+) – $15
Child (4 – 13) – $6 or FREE on weekdays (excluding public holidays)
3 and below – Free

Take home ‘Pick Your Own’ cherries:
$12.00/kg – but all cherries eaten on site are included in the entry price.

Grab & Go Pick Your Own:
Adult (14+) Includes entry to the orchard, complimentary Cherish, a picking box to keep and 1.5KG of picked cherries (picked when entering the orchard) – $30

Child (4 – 13) Includes entry to the orchard and 500g of picked cherries (picked when entering the orchard) – $10

CherryHill Orchards – Pick Your Own
474 Queens Road
Wandin East
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