BIBO WINE BAR
THERE is no denying the energy that sweeps through Australia on the first Tuesday in November. But it’s not just the horses that stir up excitement, it’s the many parties and gatherings held to celebrate the Melbourne Cup. Bibo wine bar is a top contender thanks to the perfect partnering of chef Jose Silva’s (Guillaume at Bennelong) Mediterranean-influenced menu, restaurateur Jonathan Mallet’s Parisian hospitality and head sommelier Louella Mathews’s thoughtful wine list.
“The menu I have created for our Melbourne Cup lunch is fun and celebratory. Nice and perfect for sharing,” says Silva.
After a glass of champagne on arrival, guests are served fresh seafood dishes, followed by spring lamb and pavlova to finish.
“People tend to go all out and get dressed up and I want them to enjoy the whole experience with a great lunch.”
While Silva has the kitchen covered, Mallet will oversee all the festivities, including best-dressed prizes that will include champagne, cocktails and a bespoke hat from the queen of racing millinery, Nerida Winter.
If you can’t make it for lunch though, fear not as Bibo will be open well after the track goes dark. ($110pp, bibowinebar.com.au)
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