With all that has happened this year when we realised that Melbourne Cup was just around the corner, we did a double take. With many venues understandably opting out of the festivities this year due to COVID-19, we thought we would save you the time and round up our favourite waterfront dining options to sit back and enjoy the race that stops a nation. You (and your taste buds) can thank us later.
Somewhat of an institution on the Cockle Bay Promenade, Nicks mouth-watering seafood masterpieces are not to be missed. With their ‘sea to plate’ philosophy that hinges on pairing locally sourced produce with fresh flavours, Nick Manettas and his team have dominated the seafood dining experience for over 20 years. With a HUGE menu that boasts everything you could ever dream of in terms of seafood, it’s perfect for families and group get togethers.
Nick’s is offering an exclusive 4-course Melbourne Cup Lunch for $125 pp or $195pp with a 3-hour drinks package. Enjoy sweepstakes, big screens so you won’t miss a second of the action, competitions and some pretty sweet prizes.
For more info on Melbourne Cup at Nick’s Seafood Restaurant visit http://www.nicksgroup.com.au/venue/nicks-seafood-restaurant/
Bathers Pavilion is a Balmoral institution that is definitely worth checking out. With views towards the heads and middle harbour, the heritage-listed building has two dining options to suit any occasion. The restaurant boasts an eclectic French inspired menu designed by Executive Chef/Owner Serge Dansereau who favours fresh, local produce. With over 350 wines to choose from it is lucky they have sommeliers on site to help you find the perfect match.
Bathers has a couple of Melbourne Cup options this year with the restaurant offering a 3-couse a la carte menu $220pp with champagne on arrival and a full drinks package. For those looking for a more casual race day can enjoy a banquet style share menu at Betel Leaf for $165 pp includes champagne on arrival and full wine package.
** Due to COVID-19 restriction there is a 10 pax maximum per table on both packages.
For more info on Melbourne Cup at Bathers Pavillion visit https://myguestlist.com/mgl/view_online.php?messageid=5f7d2b7a90375&pid=516160dba7aae
Meat District Co.
Ribs. Burgers. Beer. Need we say more? Meat District Co is a meat-lovers dream. Like Nick’s, they pride themselves on their ‘paddock to plate’ ethos with locally sourced, all natural, grass-fed Australian beef (hormone, steroid & antibiotic free). Located at King St Wharf, the menu has everything you would expect from a restaurant of this name. The modern steakhouse vibe highlights natural wood tones throughout with industrial accents. Don’t worry through, while inside you feel like you’re in the deep south, Darling Harbour’s million-dollar views can be seen through the floor to ceiling windows and al fresco dining options.
Meat District Co is hosting a 3-course banquet lunch and watch the race of the year with Darling Harbour views for $75pp. Enjoy cured meat platters, chicken wings, steaks, burgers, fish or ribs for mains and chef’s selection dessert.
For more info on Melbourne Cup at Meat District Co visit https://www.meatdistrictco.com.au/whats-on-at-barangaroo/melbourne-cup-lunch-2020/