Urban Listers, there are only 21 days until we farewell 2014, which means hunting down the best New Year’s Eve party in Melbourne really should be priority numero uno. A night of dressing up, popping bottles and generally partying like it’s going out of fashion – yep, venues around town are gearing up for a pretty damn big one.
But what if an all night shindig isn’t quite your thing? What’s if it’s something a little classier you’re after? Where’s a Melbourne foodie like yourself gonna go?
Never fear, the best New Year’s Eve party for Melbourne foodies is here, thanks to The Noble Experiment. That’s right Listers, the Collingwood based restaurant, bar and cocktail lounge are hosting a spectacularly tasty, six-course dinner (plus cocktails!) for those craving a foodie-focused celebration this New Year’s Eve and, judging by the sounds of things, this is one party you don’t want to miss!
The night begins with The Noble Experiment’s version of the classic Champagne Cocktail (you didn’t expect them to do things by the book, did you?!) – champagne served on a board with a selection on liqueur caviars that you can either eat or add to the champagne.
From there, the New Year’s Eve feasting begins (hot tip: wear your stretchiest pants!) with chef Cameron Bell creating six droolworthy courses made from the finest local produce available. With all courses designed to share, the menu will include a mix of The Noble Experiment’s most beloved dishes – think Greenvale Farm pork cheek with burnt miso, cherry and apple, as well as cobia crudo with green strawberry, slow gin and amaranth – along with some extra special surprise dishes created just for the night.
With all that food on the table, you’re going to need a tipple or two to wash it down right?! Right. Well lucky for you Linus Schaxmann, The Noble Experiment’s drinks master (and the man responsible for creating some of the best cocktails in Melbourne) has concocted two further New Year’s Eve cocktails, which will reeeeally get the party started!
The first is My Father’s Daughter, a bottle-aged cocktail made from 12-year-old Glenfiddich, Catron Pear liqueur, walnut bitters, vanilla and star anise syrup, with a little rosemary smoke (it’s a thing donchaknow) to top it off. If you’ve never tried a bottle-aged cocktail before then you’re in for a real treat – the unique process, which involves putting a cocktail back in a vessel to allow the flavours to meld – results in an ultra smooth drink that really packs a punch.
The Zombie is Linus’s other cocktail masterpiece; a barrel-aged cocktail featuring a blend of seven rums (count ‘em Listers!), Chartreuse, maraschino and passionfruit liqueurs, topped off with a charred pineapple soda and a little liquid nitrogen. Seriously, thanks to The Noble Experiment, the bar for Melbourne’s best cocktails has definitely been raised!
So what are you waiting for Listers? With a night of amazing food and cocktails on the cards, you'd better book in for Melbourne’s best New Year’s party stat!
New Year’s Eve at The Noble Experiment
6-course chef’s menu to be shared (includes 3 cocktails)
$90 per person, click here to purchase tickets
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