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The Weekend Australian - Travel - - TRAVEL & INDULGENCE -

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.

KEN­DALL HILL

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