The perfect weekend should have it all: luxurious nights in a five-star hotel, fine dining in the heart of the city, mini-jaunts to estates on the edge of town, and if there’s a pottery class thrown in, so much the better.
In partnership with Honda, Broadsheet is offering one winner and a guest the chance to win a weekend that’ll soothe and delight. Over the next 12 months, our readers will have the chance to win different weekends around Australia.
Our latest giveaway begins with a dinner on Friday May 10, courtesy of Broadsheet Kitchen in Collingwood. You’ll be served by the kitchen’s latest resident chef, Matti Fallon, and sample his homage to the Mornington Peninsula Chinese restaurants of his childhood.
You’ll then spend the first of two nights at the Sofitel Melbourne in the heart of the city in the luxury of one of the hotel’s prestige suites. Or, if you’d rather not settle down right away, you can access the hotel’s exclusive club.
Saturday begins with a trip to the heart of Melbourne’s coffee culture in the new Honda HR-V with breakfast for two at Carlton’s Vertue Coffee. Enjoy brioche French toast with strawberry coulis or tamarind prawn toast with an invigorating cup of coffee. The good news is you’ll also get coffee beans to take with you.
Then it’s back in the car for a leisurely drive down the scenic Mornington Peninsula to soak in the craggy cliffs and scenic shoreline before stopping off for lunch at Point Leo Estate’s famous fine-dining establishment Laura. It offers a set menu that tells the story of the Mornington Peninsula (each course is named after the region that contributed key ingredients). You’ll be taken on a six-course culinary journey – courtesy of chef Phil Wood – that embodies the region and the season.
When you’ve finished your meal – and are done admiring the seven-metre-high sculpture by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa the estate is named after – it’s time to head back into the city for drinks for two at Romeo Lane, a handsome CBD bar perfect for lovers of low-lit drinking. Its European-style cocktail range is the ideal way to ease yourself into the evening. There’s also an exceptional wine list, with Bollinger available by the half bottle.
Dinner is at Longsong, a not-just-a-bar, more-than-just-a-restaurant on Little Bourke Street. While a collection of glowing overhead lanterns references Thailand’s floating lantern tradition (and links the space with its busy downstairs sibling Longrain), the constantly changing menu is focused on the kitchen’s central piece of cooking equipment: a woodfire grill.
After your second night at the Sofitel, it’s off to Fitzroy for Sunday breakfast at Marion. Enjoy the breakfast of your choice and as much coffee and Capi mineral water as you sip. But the day isn’t over yet. Your final stop is Guy Vadas’s Ceramiques pottery studio in Elsternwick. There you’ll get your hands dirty expressing your artistic side in a private pottery class.
This deluxe weekend away is reserved for May 10 to 12. Interstate winners will also receive two return economy flights to Melbourne from their nearest capital city. Enter your details below for your chance to win.
This article is produced by Broadsheet in partnership with Honda HR-V.