Captain Melville 34 Franklin St, Melbourne (03) 9663 6855 or   After 160 years in service, Melbourne’s oldest coaching hotel has been transformed into a new dining destination, Captain Melville. Renovated by Breathe Architecture, the vision for the new venue was to resurrect the experiences of the coach house in its early days, reflecting the 1850s … Read more

Functional & Special

Harbour Room:

Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron,  Pier Road, St Kilda
(03) 9534 1300

Food & Desire has been busy since Leigh Worcester and his partner took over the business in the new millennium. A change of direction led the catering company from corporate lunches to far more ambitious functions, and since then they’ve refashioned a nightclub on the rim of Albert Park Lake as the super-serene Carousel function space. This year sees Food & Desire expand again, this time into St Kilda’s Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron, where they’ve taken on the lease of the second-storey function space, called Harbour Room (designed by Chris Connell of MAP), as well as rustling up tucker for hearty sea-faring club members.

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Order of Melbourne

The Order Of Melbourne:

(03) 9663 6707 or

‘Established in 1890’ could be tacked alongside The Order of Melbourne’s Latin inscribed motto ‘Omnes Bibimus Nostris Sodalitas’, so accurate are the antique touches. Patrons often give mistaken kudos to part owner and designer of The Order, Margo Orr, ‘A lot of people walk in and think that wallpaper’s always been here, which makes me laugh. ‘Yep, yep,’ she goads, ‘it was always here, same with the hanging Japanese walls’. Quite a feat for the 15-month-old club. The Order is adorned with 1950s Italian lights, Japanese warehouse doors hanging from the walls, Japanese temple lights modified with glass and vinyl wallpaper from South America. Margo even sourced a piece of original flock wallpaper off eBay as a backdrop for the featured taxidermy.

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