What better way to celebrate 25 years of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, than with a five-course feast at Eureka 89.
On Wednesday night, I was invited along to enjoy some cocktails and wine, as well as the mouth-watering dining experience served up by Executive Chef Renee Martillano and guest chef, Raymond Capaldi. Held on the top floor of the iconic Eureka Tower, the dinner honoured the history, gastronomy and cultural influences of Melbourne food over the last 25 years.
WHAT AN AMAZING NIGHT!
The 360-degree panorama views are spectacular and the food exemplary at Eureka 89. If you haven’t dined at the restaurant before, be sure to put it at the top of your Melbourne foodie bucket list. It’s seriously hard to beat as far as iconic restaurants in this beautiful city go – the adrenaline you experience from seeing everything from above is incredible.
It was such a wonderful event, all the guests were in great spirits and the event was a true celebration for foodies as part of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival.
Celebrating 25 years of Food in Melbourne
Early to mid 90’s – Renee Martillano
Inspiration – french bistro
Yarra Valley salmon caviar, mousse, herb cone
Tobbikoe, carrots, pickled veg
Pork terrine, picallili, pickled raisins
Cocktails: Kir Royale and Long Island Iced Tea (both so 90’s!)
Late 90’s – Ray Capaldi
Inspiration – this was a very popular dish at Fenix restaurant at the time
PRAWN TORTELLINI, ham, pineapple, ham jelly, pineapple broth
Scorpo Pinot Gris 2015, Mornington Peninsula Victoria
Mid 2000’s – Renee Martillano
Inspiration – mediterranean
VEAL SWEETBREADS, polenta gnocchi, broad beans, truffle
Farr Rising Pinot Noir 2015, Geelong Victoria
Late 2000’s – Ray Capaldi
Inspiration – simple, earthy style dishes very popular, plus a nice and autumnal dish for this time of year
LAMB NECK, ‘prune’ beetroot, lamb jus
ROAST JARRAHDALE PUMPKIN, pumpkin juices, lamb ricotta
Jamsheed Seville Syrah 2014, Yarra Valley Victoria
Early to mid 2010’s – Renee Martillano
Inspiration – modern, textural, presentation driven plating
CHOCOLATE FONDANT, chocolate wafer, fruit veil, raspberry sorbet
Chalmers Appasimento 2013, Heathcote Victoria
The wines were all chosen to be elegant matches to the dishes. They are classic wines, from well respected, regionally identifiable producers and all Victorian.
Eureka Tower Melbourne
7 Riverside Quay, Southbank
To check date availabilities or make a booking, head to their website here.