John Rivera, executive chef at esoteric South Melbourne fine diner Lûmé, brings touches of his Filipino upbringing to his cooking. On Thursday September 5 he'll collaborate with fellow Filipino chef Jordy Navarra, of boundary-pushing Manila restaurant Toyo Eatery – which ranked 43rd in Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2019 – for a one-off eight-course degustation.
Navarra is flying over his team from the Philippines. Together, he and Rivera will be championing their heritage, with top-notch Australian produce, and a fine-dining edge.
At this degustation, expect pandesal (a soft and fluffy bread roll popular in the Philippines) with coffee and cacao, calamari noodles with coconut and taro, crisp lamb abodo (a traditional Filipino stew) and a leche flan (similar to a crème caramel) with ice-cold pineapple.
A matched beverage pairing will be available for $90.
From 6pm to late.