Wow, what a treat! The evening of magnificence started with a drink at the oh-so-posh Lui Bar. The well-dressed staff were polite yet chatty and gave advice and recommendations as to what cocktails we might after quizzing us on our tastes.
The decor was stunning – old school psychiatrists couches clad in leather, leather bucket chairs with kangaroo fur outers, antique silver tray tables, and leather covered round foot stools. A lot of wood and a lot of leather. However, I was a bit distracted by the VIEW of Melbourne from the 55fth floor of the Rialto building. With a glorious sunset backlighting the view of the city out to the bay, the only way it can be described is ah-mazing!
The cocktail menu was extensive and contained interesting blends as well as the trusted favourites. I was interested to see a Margaret River Gin listed under the Australian Gins heading. Apparently it is a new distillery and has just come into stock. It was lovely and smooth – not at all harsh like some of the mass-produced cheaper brands. Just lovely.
After selecting our drinks, we settled back and enjoyed our luscious surroundings and soaked up the view.
After an hour, our reservation at restaurant Vue De Monde was ready. Yippee! My taste buds were in for a extra special treat and I was super excited.
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