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Published October 30th 2017
Melbourne Cup Day Eats 2017
Excitement is mounting for the Melbourne Cup, set to take place next week. As much as we'd all love to be trackside for the biggest race (and fashion show) in the world, unfortunately not everyone will be able to make it to Flemington. While many restaurants and cafés are closing their doors for Cup Day, a handful will remain open if you're looking for a Cup Day feed.
1. The Grand Richmond: Richmond's ultimate party playground is set to host a celebration that we think is up there with one of Melbourne's best. From 11am, this award-winning dining room and bar will open its door for a race day party featuring complimentary champagne upon arrival, live music and prizes. Come dressed in your best frock or suit.
2. Third Chapter Eltham: If brunch in the quiet 'burbs is more your thing, then Eltham's popular Third Chapter will deliver just like last year's prize-winning horse. Indulge in some fluffy buttermilk hotcakes with roast rhubarb and pistachio crumble or The Main Chapter, the café's version of the classic big breakfast. Come early to avoid long waits during the 10am brunch peak. Address: 26 Commercial Place, Eltham 3095 Phone: (03) 9439 9514
3. Fat Penguin: Another popular brunch spot is Kew East's Fat Penguin, which will be open until 2pm on Cup Day. Fat Penguin has just released its brand new deli range just in time for the long weekend and hot summer days to come when you want is to eat is something light, fresh and not to mention, delicious. Whether you opt for a deli salad or sandwich, you can eat in the café's breezy courtyard or take it home so you can enjoy it in front of the telly. Address: 713 High Street, Kew East 3102
4. Secret Kitchen: If the idea of having yum cha on Cup Day is your cup of tea, then Secret Kitchen should be your pick. The Chinatown branch is open from 11am and bookings are strongly recommended to avoid missing out on a table. Select from steamers brimming with delicacies such as egg custard steamed buns or truffled prawn dumplings or choose from the extensive a la carte menu. Secret Kitchen is also open for dinner where an extensive wine selection and live seafood menu will tempt you, especially if you've won some cash at the races.
Address: 222 Exhibition Street, Melbourne CBD 3000
Phone: (03) 9988 7778
5. Le Clec: Prefer to keep it quiet and low key on the big day? We get it – and so do the kind folk at Le Clec in Hawthorn. Popular known to locals as a beautiful and serene oasis on the bustling Glenferrie Road strip, Le Clec is a favourite spot for a soothing cup of coffee and modern brunch dishes tinged with classic French and Asian elements. Breakfast may comprise a delicious kimchee omelette with crispy noodles while lunch may include a crispy soft shell crab roll with chilli jam. Whatever you do, don't forget to try their signature matcha latte – it's divine.
Address: 727 Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn 3122
Phone: (03) 9818 8969