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Food fiesta in the Land Down Under

Crave cool cuisine? Then Melbourne is the place for you. This capital of Victoria, Australia, celebrates food and wine the whole year round.

india Updated: Mar 24, 2010 01:30 IST
Rupali and Bakshish Dean

Crave cool cuisine? Then Melbourne is the place for you. This capital of Victoria, Australia, celebrates food and wine the whole year round.

Being foodies, our first stop had to be the Queen Victoria Markets, which is an absolute must for anyone who visits Melbourne. The market is open everyday, except Monday and Wednesday. Almost a thousand traders sell a variety of goods, right from exotic Australian fruit and vegetables, gourmet foods, meat, fish and poultry to hardware, clothing and authentic Aboriginal artifacts. One of the largest markets in the Southern Hemisphere, all our dreams of cheese, butter, wine and olives smashed together in a foodgasmic brain overload here! The cheese selection alone is worth the trip, with every imaginable cheese on offer. The wine market is also an experience to remember.

After a day of the usual tourist stuff, such as observation from the Eurekaskydeck (on the 88th floor), which offered an unparalleled view of the city, we ventured for what turned out to be a memorable dinner. Replete with marble benches, candles and French chairs, Bistro Guillaume offered fabulous food and a view of the Melbourne Yarra River. Our starters and champagne were fantastic. Refined fare, the finest ingredients, authentic flavours with friendly service makes this restaurant our favourite.

While sampling the street food, it was tough choosing from gado gado salad, cookie (Bbq chicken sticks with green papaya salad and rice), Laksa Me (grilled fish), fried ice cream and more; on offer was also Chilli India, which was basically a spicy beef
vindaloo. We matched it with Scotchmans Hill wines and frothy James Boag’s brews.
From intimate gatherings on the banks of the Murray River to wine celebrations held in the Yarra Valley, this state can give you the holiday of your dreams.