Blue Gingham For Melbourne Cup Day

Surely everyone around the world knows about the Melbourne Cup by now right?! If you don’t, it’s one of the biggest events in Australian social calendar and, apart from that, it’s just fun! At 3pm on the first Tuesday in November the entire country stops for 5 minutes to watch the Melbourne Cup, one of the richest handicap horse races in the world. And when I say it’s ‘the race that stops a nation’ it literally does – the Australian share market actually dropped a couple points because all trading ceased while the race was on!

Aside from the stock exchange, Melbourne Cup day is just a fun day to get dressed up, put a hat on and go out for lunch – which is exactly what we did when we stopped into Bowery Lane in the heart of the city. Who could resist a floral display like this one?!

Now, for what I wore…

{Dress: Anthropologie (similar), Pumps: Valentino, Purse: Coach, Boater: Lack of Color, Sunglasses: Illesteva}

And now for what we ate…

We started off with a perfectly chilled glass of Veuve Cliquot…

And then tucked into entreés –  seared scallops with Brussels sprouts, pumpkin, capers and raisin pureé. Perfectly delicate and the scallops were seared to perfection, no rubbery overcooked scallops at this fine establishment!

Wagyu bresaola with black currant, ricotta, picked rhubarb and rye bread. The bresaola was amazing delicate but flavourful and the ricotta was the ideal foil!

Then on to the main event – slow cooked lamb shoulder with mustard cream, pickled beetroot, zucchini, peas and mint. This was ah-mazing! If there’s one thing Australia is known for, it’s good lamb and this one was to die for. It fell off the bone and was so succulent and juicy!

We also shared duck fat chips, cooked twice with truffle pecorino. These were so luxurious – if you can describe chips as luxurious (and why not!).

And an amazing roast pumpkin dish with spiced carrots, burnt aubergine, wattle crumb and yoghurt. This was the most amazing concoction of flavours, spices and textures!

It was hard not to  tuck in immediately, but every good meal needs to start with a ‘Cheers’!

Then onto dessert…

We were thinking of sticking with a liquid dessert until this came around – Belgian chocolate cake with whipped coconut and cherry dust. Quite the science project but it tasted divine!

Now, onto the most important facts of the day – I actually bet money on the winner of the race and ended up with a tidy sum. The Bossman won Best Dressed Gentleman and took home a magnum of Veuve Cliquot, thank you very much! And I took home the prize for Best Shoes, courtesy of those Valentino darlings!

The winning shoes in question…

All in all, a perfect day off and a perfectly winning lunch!

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