Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre’s Senior Food & Beverage Manager, Neil Mather recommends his favourite dining spots
Goldfields Café & Bar is Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre’s flagship food outlet, where local flavours are celebrated and the kitchen’s creativity showcased. Visitors can grab a coffee and house-made pastry or settle in to enjoy all day dining and a carefully curated range of Victorian wines. With a Melbourne-inspired menu, we’re proud to source produce from local suppliers in Victoria.
A bar straight out of 1920’s prohibition America, from the moment you walk in you are taken back to a much forgotten era. You haven’t really been to Melbourne unless you visit an unmarked bar down a laneway. This is one of the best cocktail bars in town and the perfect place for post work or after dinner drinks. Grab a whiskey sour and transport yourself back to the time of Giggle Water, speakeasys and fantastic fashion.
If you’re after a great place for a quick bite, head to Melbourne’s iconic Queen Victoria Market and take a seat at the communal table at Pickett’s Deli & Rotisserie. The selection of dishes always showcases Victorian seasonal produce at its best. This is Melbourne-based chef and restaurateur, Scott Pickett’s own contribution to the Queen Vic Market. Watch the rotisserie turn, and enjoy a selection of snacks and dishes.
Brunch is an institution for Melburnians and no one is doing it better than AU79. They take their coffee seriously with an in-house roastery creating their own blends. You’ll also find an on-site bakery and patisserie. The brunch menu is filled with classic dishes, with an Asian twist. This is a cafe with a serious passion for coffee and they’re definitely worth the visit.
A modern peruvian grill, cevicheria and pisco bar takes you on a culinary journey through the coast, andes and the jungles of peru’s beautiful food and culture. One of Melbourne’s greatest assets is the diversity of our food scene. This is demonstrated no better than Pastuso, which serves modern Peruvian cuisine. Meat is the hero ingredient, from both land and sea. Start with the ceviche menu and work your way towards the flame cooked mains.