2010 Melbourne Cup : lunch at Bécasse

Today in the social pages of the Sydney Sunday papers I read that it was mostly girls at Justin and Georgia North’s ‘other’ restaurant Etch for the Melbourne Cup lunch this week. Great fun was had by all the paper said, and it showed some of the girls in their ensembles. Half their luck you’d think if you were reading the paper, with a fashion parade, splendid lunch, Robert Oatley wines, best in fashion prizes and all that! I’m the one that’s lucky I say, because I was out with the Wild Oats crew and the Oatley family and friends at the ‘other’ lunch. My splendid Melbourne Cup lunch was at Bécasse. And, I started the day with a favourite tipple, Mumm champagne.

Long time food favourite and media personality Lyndey Milan put a fun spin on the day as MC. Perhaps not so lady like as the Etch mob, I just plonked myself down, on the top step of the stairs, to look down on the flatscreen below. And then the day provided one of life’s great impromptu moments when Chef Justin North plonked down next to me to watch the race.

Bécasse Melbourne Cup 2010

N.V. G.H.Mumm, Champagne


Bécasse artisan bread

Warm salad of Victorian Coorong yellow-eyed mullet, salad of spanner crab, Thai Flavours
2009 Robert Oatley Sauvignon Blanc Semillon, Margaret River and Pemberton

Citrus miso marinated carmalised Northern Rivers pork belly with baked aubergine
2009 Robert Oatley Chardonnay “Craigmoor AC1 Vineyard”, Mudgee

Assiette of baby spring lamb with potatoes baked in clay, Early Grey jus
2009 Robert Oatley Pinot Noir, Mornington Peninsula

Old Telegraph Road Heritage Cheese
Fire Enginge Red and Sapphire Blue
2007 Robert Oatley Shiraz, Ovens Valley

Petit fours

I have a confession. I have never been to a Melbourne Cup event before this week. Knowing that, during the week, my brother Rod, a chef and racing man, emailed me  to say “good to hear you enjoyed your Melbourne Cup lunch so much. That’s what it’s all about. The ‘race that stops a nation’, is actually the biggest party in the world. Most people have a little flutter on the race and it’s a proud boast to say ‘I backed the winner of the Cup’. But the main thing about it is the social thing. Anyway, well played.” Not quite mate, my fascinator, feathers and sequins weren’t quite up to winning the stunning fashion prize of the Longchamp bag (above in my favourite colour of purple, but in the winner’s hand and not mine). Next year … I’ll wear gloves *wink*

Bécasse Restaurant
204 Clarence Street
Sydney NSW 2000

+61 2 9283 3440

Becasse website

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2 Responses to “2010 Melbourne Cup : lunch at Bécasse”

  1. Marlo Perry says:
    November 7, 2010 at 8:13 am

    Sounds like a fun day!
    I only had my first Melbourne Cup outing last year – at Etch – as previously I’d had school and then straight into the work force.

    So much nicer to spend the afternoon drinking champagne and eating good food, though isn’t it? ;)

    • Rebecca Varidel
      Rebecca Varidel says:
      November 7, 2010 at 8:22 am

      totally the only way I’ll spend Melbourne Cup from now on Marlo :)

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