The Town Mouse
312 Drummond St, Carlton 3053
(03) 9347 3312 or thetownmouse.com.au
The Town Mouse offers food and drink in an historically prosperous restaurant location.
Chef Dave Verheul has hatched a menu that focusses on balance and texture. Owner Christian McCabe says the menu showcases an array of original and award-winning techniques. “The key aspect of the food is that it is gastronomic, yet humble enough to be eaten everyday which allows the venue to function equally as a local as well as a dining destination for special occasions or date night”.
McCabe, owner of the 2008 Cuisine NZ Restaurant of the Year, Matterhorn, has teamed up with sister Amber McCabe (previously Longrain) and Jay Comeskey (previously St Ali). The interiors by Allistar Cox were created for glamour and old-school charm and feature natural and hand-crafted materials.
“The design of The Town Mouse is an idealised portrayal of how we believe the everyday should be lived – just because something is nice doesn’t mean it should be saved for a special occasion. Being with friends and family is special enough,” says Christian McCabe.
Ayers Rock Resort – Sails in the Desert Hotel
1300 134 044 or http://www.ayersrockresort.com.au/sails/
Check out the images from Chada’s new refurbishment of Voyages’ Sails in the Desert Hotel. Chada has been nominated for the Hotel Designer of the Year award at the inaugural Hotel Design Symposium in Sydney.
Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit
250 Sukhumvit Rd, Bangkok, Thailand
+66 (0) 2649 8888 or http://www.sheratongrandesukhumvit.com/
Guests of Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Bangkok, can now ‘enrich their stay’ with extra dining benefits at the renowned Orchid Café. Throughout August, guests staying in Premium Deluxe Rooms, Grande Deluxe Rooms, and Grande Suites or Themed Suites will receive food credit for lunch or dinner.
Premium Deluxe Room guests receive *Baht 500 food credit per room per stay
Grande Deluxe Room guests receive *Baht 1,000 food credit per room per stay
Grande Suite or Themed Suites guests receive *Baht 1,000 food credit and one complimentary glass of house wine per room per stay
Dining at Orchid Café is a highlight of a stay at Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit. The feast includes almost all the cuisines of the world.
Valid for stays between August 1 – 31, 2012 only
Eco Beach Wilderness Retreat:
(08) 9193 8015 or www.ecobeach.com.au
Eco Beach Wilderness Retreat, in the Kimberley region over an hour from Broome, is the result of Karl Plunkett and partner Natalie Kimpton’s steely resolve to rebuild the original 1998-launched version that fell victim to cyclone Rosita in 2000. With great tenacity, Plunkett carried on through the eventual loss of Kimpton to cancer to finish the retreat and bring people in touch with the edge of the Kimberley region. The result is a sustainable-focused retreat designed with the aid of Perth architect Paul Meschiati.
RACV is obviously better known as a company to call when you’ve blown a gasket or in need of some insurance. But currently it’s expanding and diversifying the resort side of its business. The Inverloch resort undoubtedly represents a step up in quality and is definitely a world away from the ‘power point and shower block’ motoring holidays of yore.The resort sprawls over a 32-hectare site, but the main lodge building is the highlight, containing 26 rooms, a dining facility and a conferencing facility.
It’s our special Resorts issue, and I’ve just been to two.
The first was the rather auspicious four-star Rydges resort in Port Douglas. Newly and totally refurb’ed, the food was amazing, my apartment room was very well appointed and I had a very nice time indeed. A day later I found myself at the Parkgate resort in Halls Gap in Victoria’s Grampian region. Effectively it’s a nice caravan park, where my family hired a cabin for a night. Very pleasant… the kids ran amok with impunity, there was a rainy-day room full of vintage arcade games like Frogger and Street Fighter, there was a giant ‘inflatable pillow’ for the kids to bounce around on like maniacs, a pool and tennis courts.
From the land of fake designer goodies comes one designer product that is far from fake: Bvlgari Resort, the latest designer boutique resort to open on Bali. Perched on a 160m-high cliff on the southernmost tip of the island overlooking the Indian Ocean, the resort boasts 59 swish villas with Bang & Olufsen flat-screen TVs, plunge pools, ocean vistas and a glass funicular to transport guests down to the private beach.