Even the most dedicated tennis stars need some down time between sets. So where do they go? They seek out
some of Melbourne’s hippest and hidden dining venues to escape the spotlight.
Here are a few places to hang out this summer if you want to try and spot Rafael, Roger, Novak, Serena or Venus.
Caboose Restaurant & Wine Bar, City Square
A great spot for the peckish pre-theatre dinner, Caboose Restaurant and Wine Bar is the perfect start to a night
out on the town.
The French Brasserie, 2 Malthouse Lane
Situated in the top end of town, The French Brasserie is a sanctuary-style out-of-the-way escape for any tired
Punch Lane, 43 Little Bourke Street
This Melbourne icon, housed in a 100-year-old building, is a pioneer of laneway dining. Punch Lane is so very
Melbourne and has built a strong and enviable reputation for its intimate setting, unpretentious food, extensive
wine list, bar culture and personable service.
Nobu Melbourne, Crown
It’s an international home away from home for the tennis glitterati. Nobu at Crown is a short stroll from the tennis
action and with each Nobu restaurant decorated in similar fashion around the world, the sense of familiarity when
they’re a long way from home is comforting for the tennis greats.
Breezes, Level Three, Crown Towers
Maybe they drop in for the stunning views of the city and to watch Crown’s hourly fire brigades erupt. Last year
Breezes was the venue for IMG Players Party at the start of the Australian Open.
Money Order Office, Basement, 318 Little Bourke Street
Tucked away in the heart of the CBD, MOO provides the perfect end to a day when the tennis court is swapped
for some designer shopping. With fine food, an impressive range of wines and beer on tap, MOO guarantees a
memorable Melbourne experience for any international visitor.
Mecca Bah, 55A New Quay Promenade Docklands
Enter Mecca Bah and step into a Moroccan-style eaterie –with a uniquely Melbourne twist. Mecca Bah is the place
to experience the finest, low-key waterside dining.
Some of these restaurants are part of the Summer Serve promotion from 11 January to 28 February 2010. Mention Summer Serve at any of the participating venues and receive two entrees for the price of one. Conditions apply. For a full list of participating cafes and restaurants visit www.thatsmelbourne.com.au.