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30 days of Food Porn with Deliveroo
How many of Melbourne's most food porn-worthy dishes have you tried? Food delivery service Deliveroo has teamed up with Food Porn to launch 30 Days of Food Porn, a project that presents a feast for the eyes daily by highlighting a menu item a day from the best restaurants Australia-wide. Every day, the dish of the day will be featured in a series of videos on Deliveroo and Food Porn. The best part is, for thirty days only foodies will be able to order the food porn they see on 30 Days of Food Porn and have it delivered direct to your doorstep exclusively by Deliveroo for a limited time. Melbourne's Stokers Fine Pancakes was the first eatery off the rank on 30 Days of Food Porn, followed by Middle Eastern restaurant Rumi, Little Cupcakes, and Miss Chu. Celebrity chefs have also joined the Food Porn train, with Guy Grossi presenting pezzos from his casual diner Ombra Salumi Bar on Day 7 and 400 Gradi's Johnny Di Francesco presenting his legendary chocolate calzone with strawberry sauce on Day 8. Plenty more Melbourne restaurants will have their dishes unveiled over the 30 Days of Food Porn, so keep an eye out for: Horn Please, Pickett's Deli and Rotisserie, Schmucks Bagels, Tokyo Tina, Hanoi Hannah. To find out more visit the Deliveroo Facebook page.
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The Cut Steakhouse
What does $100,000 worth of beef look like? Well, if you stroll down Alfred Place, you can find out pretty quickly. Fresh on the Melbourne scene The Cut, a New York-style steakhouse, is a meat-lovers daydream. It has one of the city's largest dry-aging rooms, with glass walls, on street level so you can have a gander at the prime cuts mellowing and tenderising over time, any time. Some of The Cut's cuts are global exclusives, like the Seven Creeks full-blood wagyu MB+9 scotch fillet. Others, sourced from esteemed Australian farms like Cape Grim in Tasmania and northern New South Wales' Ranger's Valley, have been aged between 80 and 200 days. The oldest steak in the house – a wagyu from Seven Creeks – has been aged 600 days, giving it a buttery flavour and marshmallowy texture unlike anything else you've tried before. The Cut is even sourcing limited release 'vintage beef', which is known for its very strong flavour. This style of meat is popular in Northern Europe, but it's rare to come across it Down Under. With an increasing public interest in farm to table, it’s a good chance to get more familiar with your food. The lamb and seafood choices are equally plentiful, including highly sought-after Hidden Cove oysters from Tasmania. Arrive early for a pre-dinner drink at The Library, a cocktail bar adjacent to The Cut which boasts an impressive global wine list of over 300 varieties and 80 top whiskies. The Library's whisky collection has been carefully curated to offer whi