Southgate Fiesta – Melbourne Food and Wine Festival: Miyako, Tutto Bene, Festival Artisan Bakery & Bar

What a lovely kick off to the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival.  We really made a day out of it, grazing along the Yarra starting off with Miyako and making our way towards the wine tasting  area.

My last visit to Miyako was a good two years ago.  Things haven’t changed much (the entree looks exactly the same)!

The tasting platter at Miyako was actually quite nice,  consisting of a crispy prawn, tataki beef, miso salmon californian roll and a chicken roll with teriyaki sauce.  At $15, it’s quite a steal as it also gives you a ticket to the wine tasting area we visited later.

We also ordered some sashimi but little did we know we would graze for the rest of the day – no need to fear hunger!

Miyako Japanese Cuisine

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We moved rather swiftly onto dessert.  Tutto Bene’s tasting platter is a sample plate of desserts by head chef Nathan Scarfo: peanut butter semifreddo with caramel popcorn, eton mess with blackcurrant marshmallows. It looks as good as it tastes.

Tutto Bene

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Walking down the promenade we made our way towards the Festival Artisan Bakery & Bar where we ordered two platters: the Ploughmans and the Mediterranean. Great sharing dishes but I wish the table and chairs matched up a bit more.  We felt like we had our food at our chins with the rather short seats provided.  The food was great but the drink selection here was actually rather limited.

This place had a great atmosphere because of the music provided just opposite where everyone joined the impromptu African drumming class!  Not only that, the Bank of Melbourne had an ATM (“Automatic Treat Machine” dishing out free lobster rolls and soda.  Score!

I forgot to mention the promenade also has a lot of stands from popular bakeries and cafes such as Burch and Purchese, N2 gelato and more.

To wind down the day we entered the wine tasting area (with each tasting platter, you receive a yellow ticket for entry into this area).  A lovely end to a fantastic evening.

Note: Thank you Southgate for the two complimentary platters. All up we each spent $25 each. With the cost of the two platters, it would have only been $7 more actually.

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