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Where to enjoy a feast, flutter and fizz this Melbourne Cup Day

October 6, 2017 Dining No Comments Email Email

If you can’t make it to Flemington for Melbourne Cup on Tuesday, 7 November then head to a Rockpool Dining Group restaurant for a feast, flutter, fashion and fizz as the biggest celebration of spring racing season gets underway.

The biggest party of all takes place at The Argyle in The Rocks, where the iconic cobblestone courtyard will be transformed into a stylish Gin Garden. Guests can take part in the annual Fashions on the Field parade, then watch the race from the largest outdoor television screen in the CBD with multiple TAB facilities available.

The Argyle’s Grandstand tickets ($99pp) include a two-hour food and drinks package (view menu) and Members Pavillion tickets ($149pp for groups of 12 or more) include three hours of food and drinks (view menu). Live music, entertainers and DJs will keep the celebrations swinging into the evening.

Those looking to dine in style while watching a live screening of the race can do so at one of Rockpool Dining Group’s premium restaurants.

At Rockpool Bar & Grill in Sydney and Perth special Melbourne Cup menus include dry-aged beef from the wood-fired grill, sustainably sourced seafood, and some of Australia’s finest seasonal vegetables and ingredients. In Sydney guests can relax over a three-course lunch and a glass of Champagne ($180pp). View menu. In Perth, canapés will be served on arrival, followed by a three-course lunch with wine and Champagne that will be hosted by comedian Peter Rowsthorn ($229pp). View menu

At Sydney newcomer Rosetta Ristorante guests can enjoy a three-course, sophisticated Italian lunch and glass of Champagne ($180pp), before spilling out onto the sunny terrace for summer cocktails and drinks. View menu.

At Saké The Rocks a sensational, six-course, contemporary Japanese menu includes a glass of Veuve Clicquot ($129pp), with an optional drinks package available. There will be TAB facilities on site. View menu. Saké Double Bay guests can relax in the stylish surrounds with a six-course lunch and glass of Veuve Clicquot ($125pp), and an optional drinks package. View menu. In Brisbane, diners at Saké Eagle Street Pier will be served an elegant, six-course lunch with a glass of Veuve Clicquot ($110pp). View menu.

The Cut Bar & Grill in The Rocks is the place to be for serious steak and seafood lovers, with a beautiful three-course lunch and glass of Champagne on offer ($120pp). TAB facilities are also available. View menu.

Premium restaurant Melbourne Cup reservations can be made here. A la carte lunch menus are available at Jade Temple and Spice Temple in Sydney, as well as Spice Temple, Rosetta, Rockpool Bar & Grill, Saké Flinders Lane and Saké Hamer Hall in Melbourne. The race will not be screened at these restaurants. All restaurants will be open for dinner.

On a more casual note, El Camino Cantina in The Rocks is turning on a Tex-Mex fiesta with 14 TV screens, free chips and salsa, a piñata, and prizes for the best dressed. A three-hour drinks package with canapés ($69pp) and a four-hour drinks package with canapés ($99pp) are available. A two-hour ‘All You Can Eat’ taco station will open one hour before the race. View menus and make bookings.

Fratelli Fresh restaurants in Sydney are turning on the Italian charm with a three-course menu of traditional favourites ($60pp). View menu. For an additional $29pp, guests can enjoy bottomless Fratelli wine and beer, or an additional $39pp buys bottomless Fratelli wine, beer, Prosecco, negroni, and espresso martinis. Make a booking. Fratelli Fresh Alfred Place in Melbourne will be serving a la carte favourites throughout the day.

Raise a stein to Cup Day at Munich Brauhaus (South Wharf in Melbourne and The Rocks in Sydney), Bavarian Bier Café (Bondi, Chatswood, Entertainment Quarter, Miranda, Parramatta and York Street in Sydney and Broadbeach in Queensland), and The Bavarian (Manly, Penrith and World Square in Sydney and Westfield Chermside in Brisbane). Guests can enjoy a $49, two-course set menu, plus optional additional $32pp two-hour beverage package. View Munich Brauhaus menu, the Bavarian Bier Café menu.

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