Celebrating 25 years of Food in Melbourne at Eureka 89

Celebrating 25 years of Food in Melbourne at Eureka 89

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.



View of Melbourne from Eureka 89 - the second tallest building in Victoria

Cocktails and Champagne - Eureka 89

Looking over Melbourne - Australia - view from Eureka 89 Restaurant


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.


Dining at Eureka 89 - Melbourne Restaurant - the second tallest building in Australia

Five-course feast at Eureka 89 - Melbourne Food and Wine Festival

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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.


Guest chef Raymond Capaldi - Eureka 89 - Melbourne Food and Wine Festival

Eureka Tower - Melbourne - the second tallest building in Australia


Eureka 89
Eureka Tower Melbourne
7 Riverside Quay, Southbank


To check date availabilities or make a booking, head to their website here.



Emily Collie is Founder and Editor of well-known Australian travel blog, Melbourne Girl. Emily has written travel articles for Expedia, eHarmony, Amex Shop Small Blogger Series and Racing.com, and has been featured on many Australian websites including Mimco Mimzine and Bonds Australia Blog, and was invited on behalf of the VRC and Myer, to judge the Myer Fashions on the Field competition on Emirates Melbourne Cup Day.

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