Gourmet Giveaway – Free tickets to Taste of Melbourne 2013

The alfresco restaurant festival Taste of Melbourne is back this year at Albert Park Lake. It’s on from Thursday 14 November to Sunday 17 November.  Participating restaurants this year include Huxtaburger, B’Stilla, Bomba, Saint Crispin, Chin Chin and Movida.  If you want an idea of what the festival is about read my round up of last year’s festival.  Taste of Melbourne has given me two double passes for Gourmet Chick readers.  Each double pass is worth $50.  To win you can leave a comment below listing your favourite Melbourne restaurant.


1. To enter the competition to win one of the five double passes leave a comment below with the name of your favourite Melbourne restaurant. If you don’t have a blog please make sure you leave an email address or Twitter name in the comment so I can contact you if you win, or email me directly on missgourmetchick[at]gmail[dot]com if you don’t want to leave details on your comment.

2. The competition closes at 5pm Australian Eastern Standard time on Tuesday 12 November. The two winners will be selected using random.org and will be announced on Gourmet Chick on Wednesday 13 November.

Good luck.


  1. Red Spice Rd – I just can’t go past the chilli salt lamb ribs with pineapple tamarind dipping sauce. Delish!


  2. Oh no!!
    I can’t choose between Movida or Chin Chin… lucky I can fit in both of those restaurant and plenty more if I won the free tickets πŸ™‚

  3. Love Taxi and would really appreciate the opportunity to give my taste buds a good workout!

  4. Movida is fantastic after a late night out. Love the late hours.

  5. My favourite restaurant in Melbourne would have to be Vue De Monde – lives up to the hype. Not only in food, but in service and overall experience.

    Would love to go to Taste festival to try out some other great restaurants!!

  6. Saint Crispin. All of the dishes are excellent with the most finely balanced flavours and great, professional but friendly service. Eating at the bar and watching the kitchen in action is mesmerising.

  7. Movida acqui is my favourite…never disappoints…

  8. Minh Mihn in Victoria st for me πŸ™‚

  9. Hi Cara!
    My favourite restaurant is Hardware Societe πŸ™‚

    Love your blog! x

  10. There are just too many favourites to list here, but one thing I know, I’d love to add on to my list of favourites by tasting all 14 restaurants that are offered at Taste of Melbourne (I’m leaving Burch & Purchese out as it is already a must have, and it’s not a restaurant). Fingers crossed for free tickets!

  11. Current fav is Lupino 41 Little Collins Street. Beautiful Italian food. I have been twice in the last month, and am feeling like I was Italian in a former life.

  12. Pinotta, the best local Italian in Melbourne with the best wine list. @skosko

  13. Chin Chin, will be good to win Taste passes so I dint have to line up for a table.

  14. Mamasitas all the way baby!!! I’ve gone Mexican mad with all the fresh flavours, colours and textures… and have you tried their Margharita?? World Class!!!
    P.S I am running City to Sea on Sunday 17th November and there would be no better way to recover / replenish than by attending Taste of Melbourne and sampling all the fine produce. Please pick me!!

  15. *sweats* wow, this is a really tough decision. Melbourne has its obvious star performers, but I’m gonna pick a real diamond-in-the-rough – Old Kingdom on Smith St in Collingwood, home of the classic ‘duck trilogy’, AKA the best damn peking duck in Melbourne.

    – @internetzlaura

  16. SOJO (South of Johnson) in Collingwood.

  17. Can’t go past the original Movida….never disappoints!

  18. So many fantastic meals have been had at so many places but most memorable would have to be Estelle’s

  19. There is a great indian restaurant in Cbd called Chilli padi. I have been there a number of times for breakfast and dinner – both of which were amazing. (most menus have a token veg option but its usually bland/very standard). At Chilli padi they use such interesting spices that i never feel like i am missing out. The prices are very reasonable and you dont have to book weeks ahead. i highly recommend it!

  20. One of my favourites is Huff Bagelry! Best bagels in Melbourne for sure.

  21. Movida
    Love their creative food and amazing drinks. I’m sure they will do another fabulous job at taste of Melbourne.

  22. MY OH MY Saint Crispin is the bomb! – They’re doin’ it back to old school, like with courses and stuff (although I would still share them, maybe?!). I can’t wait to try them at The Taste Festival! I would be so excited to win tickets so I’m crossing my fingers… please, please, please!

  23. Hell of the North! Amazing food, extensive wine and cocktails selection and one of the best creme brulee,still flaming when served! Beautiful intimate dining setting for both couples and group alike and the service was impeccable!

  24. Love good ol’ Victoria rd for Viet food.
    Current fav = Co Do on Victoria rd

  25. Lolo and Wren in albion Street with Chin Chins in close second.

  26. You know when food just makes you feel really HAPPY? That’s Ginger Boy for me! and a close runner up is Chin Chin. Every time I eat at one of these places I just feel really happy, and a good night always follows. Ginger Boy is an explosion of flavours that are so unique – Happiness πŸ™‚

  27. To fill my comfort food cravings and to just enjoy one of life’s best pleasures, I love to go to +39 on Little Bourke. The pizzas are second to none, and the pasta tastes like it came straight from my Nonna’s kitchen. The buzz in the atmosphere and the friendly Italian staff make you feel like you sitting in a little restaurant in Naples.

  28. JJ’s Bar and Grill Southbank
    great memories of new begingings

  29. We love Elephant Corridor in glen waverley,melbourne….really yummy food….

  30. I love Red Spice Rd. Pork Belly with Apple Slaw, Chilli Caramel and Black Vinegar is a favorite.

  31. I love the dumplings at Hu Tong

  32. Current favourite is Rice Queen in Brunswick St.

  33. Matsuya Japanese Resturant, station street Fairfield, amazing quality fresh food perfect sushi and banquets so fantastically cheap!

  34. Maha Bar and Grill πŸ™‚

  35. City Wine Shop for great date night dining!

  36. Attica – called to make a reservation for next year, only to be told they had a cancellation for the next Saturday night! Amazing food, wine, service, everything! I’m ruined for all future dining πŸ™‚

  37. Without question “Easy Tiger”. Faultless dishes & amazing staff. Always reliable for an amazing feed.

  38. Red pepper Thai restaurant in frankston.the best thai food ever!

  39. Mamasita. Fantastic food and the best margarita’s in town. From the street such an unassuming eatery but once up the stairs and have tried the food and beverages. 5 stars for sure.

  40. Gazi and Town Mouse…. oh me oh my … the food is divine

  41. Vue de Monde has to be my fave. But don’t think it’s participating in the Taste so vote for Chin Chin (with the Botanical a close second – love the $20 meal deals!!)

  42. COMPETITION NOW CLOSED – Thanks all for your entries

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