The menus read like a hip Melbourne restaurant. Produce is locally sourced and seasonal — Mallee Dorper lamb, Mornington Peninsula mushrooms — and everything from bread to ice cream is made inhouse. The bar stocks exclusively Victorian wines (plus Lanvin & Fils Champagne) and mixologists create infusions such as chickpea gin muddled with mustard seed and coriander to create the Mumbai, one of nine city-themed cocktails. Where does one find such cutting-edge cuisine and cocktails? Tullamarine, of all places, at Etihad’s 133-seater premium lounge, newly unveiled ahead of the Abu Dhabi-based airline’s launch on June 1 of direct A380 flights from Melbourne to Abu Dhabi. Particularly arresting is the glass feature wall printed with a magnified grain of sand. VIP guests of The Residence, Etihad’s three-room suite on the A380, have their own space, as do children, while segregated prayer rooms are equipped with ablutions area, gilded mihrab, prayer rugs and Koran. There’s a 26-seat dining area, but most first and business class guests are bound to gather at the bar for, perhaps, a Winglet mocktail or a Negroni aged in-house in new American oak. More: etihad.com.