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Father's Day Dining Guide

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by Dayna Chu (subscribe)
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Published August 24th 2014
Your guide to the best dining for Dad on Father's Day
Fathers Day Melbourne dining

From beer to bubbly and burgers to bug platters, a sure way to the hearts of the dads in your life is through their stomachs. Check out our far-from-exhaustive list of favourites for Father's Day.

The Champagne Dame will be in Paris on Father's Day; the Champagne 'Gent', her partner, is a "wine maker with a decade of experience in the wine industry", and will be hosting a decadent champagne lunch for you and your father, sharing some of the best champagnes, including magnums of Bollinger, Krug, and other very special champagnes, accompanying a modern roast lunch, and a special masterclass. $249 for 5 courses, masterclass, and full champagne line up. Contact:

The Langham: Melba at the Langham: Three words: Mars bar cupcakes. Get the dads in your life to the Langham, post haste. Lunch and dinner buffets including their usual line-up, plus extra favourites like seafood platters and slow cooked beef ribs. $125 for adults includes a glass of champagne or beer upon arrival.
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Mars Bar cupcake, Melba Restaurant at The Langham

The Hotel Windsor: You have a few options available for you at the Hotel Windsor. You could, of course, book a fine Afternoon Tea, and enjoy every morsel of that delicious dessert buffet. Dine at the Spring Street Restaurant; Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 6:30am - 10:00am; Saturday - Sunday (including Public Holidays): 7:00am - 10:30am; Pre-Theatre dinner:
Wednesday - Sunday: from 6:00pm (with last orders taken at 6:30pm); Dinner: Wednesday - Sunday: 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm. The Cricketers Bar may be just what Dad ordered: A Gourmet High Tea (a very up-market Ploughman's Lunch), available Fridays and Saturdays, noon-5:30pm, $29. Contact: 9633 6004,, or alternatively make an instant booking online by clicking the 'make a booking' tab.

SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium: Beer and bubbles upon arrival, the gorgeous Yarra as a backdrop, and entertainment for the kids, all in one place; how could you go wrong with breakfast or lunch at the Aquarium on Father's Day? $50 per adult for breakfast, $90 per adult for lunch; click through for more details.

Puffing Billy: Empty nesters but still want to honour the father of your children? A perfect escape for the parents of adult children (invite them along too!): Puffing Billy's Dinner and Dance train, or Steam and Cuisine Luncheon Train.

Hook, Line & Sinker: Fried and more fried is more Dad's style? Check out Hook, Line & Sinker for a diverse menu that includes all day breakfast wraps and kids' options.

Burger places: Even if Dad is a Macca's fan, maybe take today off and treat him to a real burger at Fat Bob's Bar and Grill or a new SE Suburb favourite, Dak Daks Cafe; both boast a generous variety of gluten free options.

Fathers Day Melbourne dining

My list is far from exhaustive, and the Dad's tastes out there vary as much as Melbourne's weather in the Spring; share your favourites with us in the comments?

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Why? To treat the Dad(s) in your life right this Father's Day
When: Father's Day is Sunday, 7 September, 2014
Cost: From about $9
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