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The Press Club – Melbourne, Australia

Something I didn’t know about Melbourne until I went there is that it has the third largest population of Greeks.  Works for me!  Chef George Calombaris opened The Press Club in 2006 and has since opened two other restaurants, one in Melbourne (Hellenic Republic) and the other at the uber-excluxive hotel The Belvedere Hotel on the island of Mykonos, Greece (The Belvedere Club).  *My husband and I are planning a trip to Greece this fall so hopefully we’ll be able to make a stop on Mykonos:)

I didn’t know what to expect with The Press Club but all I can say is that it was a fantastic night start to finish!  Chef Calombaris was in the house which I now know was a treat since he spends 7 months out of the year filming MasterChef Australia in Sydney…quite the commute!  We chose to do the Symposium degustation menu along with the paired wines.  In addition to the 8 courses, Chef Calombaris treated us to an extra 2 ensuring that we would leave STUFFED!  But in a good way:)  Everything was PERFECT!  The flavors were so clean and well presented.  Each bite was an explosion of flavor.  It was hard for me not to clean every plate but I knew there was a lot coming so I had to pace myself.  If I went back and could only order one thing off of the a la carte menu it would have to be the salmon but seriously, you can’t go wrong and you won’t be disappointed.  Sit at the chef’s table if you can…it makes for such an entertaining meal.  Thanks George!!!!

Amuse Bouche – Kasos “Tonos – Tuna”

Helleniko “Domata – Tomato”

Nemea “Kouneli – Rabbit”

Larissa “Kotopoulo – Chicken”

*Special extra dish from the chef – beef short rib

Kolonaki “Psari – Salmon”

Naoussa “Moschari – Beef”

Corfu “Refreshing”

Rethimno “Fraoules – Strawberry”

*Another extra dish from the chef – chocolate!

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