It’s the race that stops a nation, so why let lockdown stop you celebrating the Melbourne Cup in style? While we’d normally be trotting along to our favourite restaurants to feel the excitement of a well-turned-out throng, settling in to watch the race at home needn’t be bland. Several race-ready restaurants are offering luxurious hampers and food boxes that will give the main event a run for its money.
Be a sensational host with Savor Group
The good people at Savor Group are making sure they bring the Melbourne Cup festivities to you, with a range of curated boxes that will wow your (small) crowd. The exquisite line-up includes the Ostro Melbourne Cup Grazing Box, comprising an impressive selection of cured meat, cheese and accompaniments, as well as a whole roast chicken and signature sides. To really set the scene, add Ostro’s canapés, of duck spring rolls and goats cheese profiteroles, and its cocktail kits or Champagne. From Amano, enjoy a seafood platter like no other, including a dozen oysters, poached scampi tails and banana prawns, smoked fish dip, trevally ceviche, tuna crudo and more. Meanwhile, Lobster & Tap’s famous Canadian caught lobster comes with freshly toasted buns, and a Champagne match. Order the Melbourne Cup specials online here.
Graze all day with Cibo
Award-winning Cibo chef Kate Fay has created an all-day luxury hamper so there will never be a dull moment as you wait for the competitors to jockey into position. The series of main delights include a New Zealand cray brioche bun topped with XO mayonnaise, steak tartare, and West Coast whitebait with soy ginger lime butter. There is also asparagus and pancetta rolls, duck parfait with plum and hoisin, and mozzarella with basil and Curious Croppers tomatoes. For dessert, devour a fairy bread macaron, vanilla panna cotta, Cibo’s signature brownie and Clevedon buffalo with walnut gouda. As if that wasn’t enough, the first 50 people to order Cibo’s hampers will receive a glass of Champagne Taittinger on the house when the restaurant’s doors are open again. Order online here.
Put on a feast with The Pantry at Park Hyatt
To mark the Melbourne Cup, The Pantry at Park Hyatt has introduced two new afternoon tea boxes that we are chomping at the bit to try. Both come with Billecart-Salmon and five sweet and five savoury bites for two, with the option of either Brut Champagne or Brut Rosé Champagne. Each parcel will contain the name of a participating horse, drawn at random. If your horse wins first place, you’ll win a $200 gift voucher for Park Hyatt’s stunning restaurant Onemata. Second place merits a $110 gift voucher for afternoon tea with two guests, while third place wins a $50 gift voucher for The Pantry. Order the afternoon tea boxes here.