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  1. Brunch on the Bridge, Oaks Day

On November 5, Oaks Day, the Collins Square Hospitality Group will host a gourmet breakfast buffet with free-flowing Veuve Clicquot and fashions on the field. Food only – $25: food and drink – $50. We’re there already!

 

  1. Good Food Blooms, Southgate

Edible blooms are all the rage. Southgate is embracing spring with these delicacies in dishes and cocktails – created in collaboration with edible-flower specialist Lauren Richardson – across 13 bars, cafes and restaurants.

 

Artusi: Poached New England ranges organic chicken, gem lettuce, sweet corn, chicken crackling and viola flower merry melody and chrysanthemum flowers, $27.
Artusi: Poached New England ranges organic chicken, gem lettuce, sweet corn, chicken crackling and viola flower merry melody and chrysanthemum flowers, $27. Photo: supplied

 

  1. Breakfast at Windsor

Eggs any style is what we like to hear in the morning. Executive chef Joel Alderson, who has worked and trained with Dan Hunter at Dunkeld’s Royal Mail and Ben Shewry at Attica, has created a Windsor Breakfast with eggs, thick cut cold-smoked bacon, slow roast tomato, Swiss brown mushrooms and sourdough at only $20.

 

The Windsor Breakfast does eggs any style, $20. Photo: supplied
The Windsor Breakfast does eggs any style, $20. Photo: supplied

 

 

  1. Smalls wonders

Jess Ho’s boutique wine bar in South Melbourne is all about simple, small plates with classic flavours designed to complement the local and international wines chosen by sommelier Wiremu Andrews. Ideal for that light meal before trotting off for full racetrack celebrations.

 

Black pudding parfait with dehydrated apple, apple gel, hazelnuts and toasted parfait, $15. Photo: supplied
Black pudding parfait with dehydrated apple, apple gel, hazelnuts and toasted parfait, $15. Photo: supplied

 

  1. Modern Italian

Modern Italian with the freshest of ingredients is the hallmark of the Bortolotto family’s dining sensation. Plus it’s an easy train ride to the races after. Light and refreshing specials during the spring carnival include the Aperol spritz and salmon rillettes brioche, radish and watercress salad ($38) and the Billecart Salmon Brut Champagne and tuna tartare ($48).

  • Cecconi’s, 61 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, 8663 0500. cecconis.com

 

Cecconi's Aperol Spritz. Photo: supplied
Cecconi’s Aperol Spritz. Photo: supplied