Saturday, November 9

Delicious Melbourne

I was in Melbourne this week for work. The city was considerably cooler than Sydney. Sydney’s forecast for today predicts a high of 31C, while Melbourne will only reach 15C. Melbourne’s climate encourages a lifestyle reminiscent of our time in London. The cooler weather encourages a more diverse wardrobe. Melbourne residents are better dressed and retailers sell a wider variety of fashions. The city’s laneways also encourage a wonderful café culture.

The food scene in Melbourne is superb. This week I enjoyed conveyor delivered sushi at Sakura Kaiten Sushi. The dishes on offer rivaled those of a far more up-market restaurant. The quality and variety was impressive; delicious sashimi, tasty Takoyaki and elegantly presented nigiri sushi combinations.

I also had dinner one night with the Group Finance Director at Cecconi’s Cantina, a cozy Italian restaurant on Flinder’s Lane. The ingredients are always fresh and seasonal. We enjoyed some wonderful fresh pasta and risotto before retiring for a cocktail at RU CO bar in the Grand Hyatt.

Finally, I caught up with a old friend for a glass of wine at the Script Bar.  We reminisced about life in Europe and our plans for the future while soaking up the casual cafe atomsphere that Melbourne does so well.

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