The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - INSIDER -

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, bi­


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