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The final restaurant line-up for Taste of Melbourne in Partnership with Electrolux is here, and boy is it a doozy. The worlds greatest restaurant festival runs Thursday 10 Sunday 13 November at Pelican Lawn, Albert Park Lake with the hottest, latest and most critically acclaimed venues serving up sumptuous servings to thousands of guests.

New to the formation are champions of American BBQ in Melbourne, Fancy Hanks; fantastical dessert specialists, Om Nom; two hatted degustation wunderkinds, Lûmé; Melbournes premier gastronomical Grecian temple, Gazi and Peruvian street food from Marea Cevicheria presented by Pastuso.

They join previously announced and highly coveted restaurants: Hotel Jesus, Picketts Deli & Rotisserie, Cumulus Inc., Estelle Bistro, Supernormal, MoVida, The Royal Mail Hotel, Mamasita and Circa, The Prince. This years stellar line-up of 14 restaurants have an incredible eleven hats between them*. Each serve up specialty dishes inspired by the menus from their own venues, as well as exclusive, Icon Dishes that can only be procured at Taste. Each restaurant will also submit a dish in the prestigious Best in Taste Awards, with an overall winner selected by a panel of industry experts on Gala Night, Thursday 10 November.

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To all members of our TAT family, readers and contributors, who celebrate Diwali..

We wish you Safety, Good Health, Happiness, Prosperity and Good Fortune.

May they all be with you in the coming year.


Take a walk around your neighbourhood and spot the the burst of lilac and walk on the carpet of violet the jacarandas lay out for you.

By Raka Sarkhel.


Of my 28 years on earth, I have spent most of it (barring the last three months) in the northern hemisphere. Thus I am still acclimatising to the thoughts of a warm Christmas or an October of jacarandas. Back at home, the branches of these Latin American natives would bear flowers during March. However, the burst of lilac against teal blue skies is always a merry sight and should be allowed to blossom at will, irrespective of any particular month.

Jacaranda mimosifolia is regarded as an environmental weed in New South Wales and Queensland and was first recorded as becoming naturalised in Queensland in 19871. It has enchanted open woodlands and grasslands, occupying creekbanks and waterways in its wake. It is known to have seduced the soils of many-a foreign lands and is often envied by the native plants whose regeneration it prevents.

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