Wine Lunch at Red Spice Rd McKillop St – February 21, 2016


A Very Special Wine Lunch at Red Spice Road McKillop Street, CBD

There was a little bit of work involved to organise this wine lunch at Red Spice Road.

More than usual but we were finally given permission to hold this event.

The first thing I have to say is that the new refurbished function room is absolutely beautiful and spacious.



On top of this were the very efficient Red Spice Road Staff who were very accommodating and helpful.

The city was quiet that morning when we came to setup – I recall it was the morning after the White Party in Melbourne.

We had 24  people who attended this event including Zenon Misko, Program Co-Ordinator of Melbourne Food & Wine.

Everything about this lunch was special and the food was something I will never forget.

The Menu


Food & Wine List:

2 Shared Appetisers

Chiang Mai chicken & prawn relish w/ betel leaves matched with

2014 Sacha Lichine Single Blend Rosè (France).



Hunan style lamb ribs-twice cooked ribs w/ green onion, chilli, Sichuan pepper, sesame matched with

2015 Hentley Farm Poppy White Field Blend (Barossa).



3 Shared Mains

Prawn, green papaya, snake bean, tomato, peanut, chilli salad matched with

2012 Invivo Pinot Noir (Central Otago, NZ).


Burmese pork curry w/ butter beans matched with

2012 Charteris Pinot Noir (Central Otago, NZ).


Beef cheeks, spices, black pepper, shao xing, ginger, mushrooms matched with

2013 Hentley Farm ‘The Beast’ Shiraz (Barossa, SA).


Shared Dessert

Coconut water tapioca, passionfruit cream, peanut praline, caramel popcorn, pandan ice-cream matched with

2015 Domaine Asmara “The Lady Killer” Viognier (Heathcote, VIC)


As this  was a special wine lunch with mouth watering food & some distinguished wines we decanted some with all our special decanters such as the Riedel Black Tie decanter and Mamba decanters.





Our guests were a pleasure to host & serve and a special thankyou to Zenon from Melbourne Food & Wine for attending.

We hope we can hold another “Very Special Wine Lunch” at Red Spice Road, McKillop Street, CBD.

Here are some photos from the event.

Wine Tasting Event’s Pinot & Yum Cha Extravaganza

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After a long week at work I was very excited to be venturing south of the river on Saturday for an event littered with some of my very favourite words in the title: rosé, pinot noir, and yum cha .

The yum cha is delicious and it just keeps coming, so do what you can to make a dent. But make sure you leave room for the green tea and white chocolate dumplings for dessert. Stand-out dishes were the chicken san choi bao and the steamed pork dumplings, both of which I find are generally difficult to make and even more difficult to serve hot, steaming, and straight from the kitchen as yum cha absolutely demands. However, David’s manages this with ease and with a smile.  The variety is fantastic too; I was completely stuffed.

Photo courtesy David's Restaurant

Often wine tastings can feel a little inaccessible to those who haven’t studied French grape types to PhD level. However, this lunchtime extravaganza affair was a breath of fresh air. There is space for you to make your own observations, and Martin is present throughout the event to answer any questions. But in general you are left to taste and enjoy with the food — which is exactly how I want to enjoy my lunch. The wines are also matched with the yum cha so the heavier, richer wines are paired with the fabulous deserts, while the fruitier and fresher wines are paired early on with the seafood yum cha.

At the price point you’re definitely getting value for money. Just make sure you turn up ravenous and you’ll leave full, merry, and ready for the rest of your weekend.

– Jane
Jane Pendry is borderline obsessive about good food. Originally Scottish, she lived in London before leaving her job as a lawyer to pursue her passions for food, travel and writing. She can usually be found scouring Melbourne for top new eateries or sipping a long black while writing about career change and her own foodie adventures on her blog Follow Jane @lunch_box_diary.

David’s Restaurant
4 Cecil Place
Prahran, VIC 3181

Disclosure: The Plus Ones attended David’s courtesy of Wine Tasting Events.