MULLALOO Beach Hotel entertained a record 200 diners on Melbourne Cup day, with a change of clientele attributed to recent renovations and appointment of an executive chef.
“This is by far the best Melbourne Cup event that we have experienced in my 10 years here,” owner Warrick Spratling said.
“We have a new, young creative team in the kitchen and back of house here at Mullaloo Beach Hotel, they take events very seriously and have lots of fun doing so.
“They apply a lot of attention to detail with the food, drink choices and the overall entertainment.
“The ocean views are free. We are really pushing the boundaries with everything these days to enhance the beautiful natural surroundings.”
The restaurant saw “a mass invasion of young glamorous ladies” join the crowd of regular diners on Tuesday, with all offered a glass of champagne on arrival.
Before the race, they served a cold rock melon soup with bee honey and lemon foam.
Hillarys resident Stacy Brown had the South East Asian chicken salad for entree and the Tasmanian chilli and coriander salmon for main, followed by sticky date pudding with orange salty caramel and cream.
Following the race, food, sweeps and prizes, the celebration continued with a classic ‘70s, ‘80s, ‘90s disco.
This year’s race was won by a female jockey for the first time with Michelle Payne on Prince of Penzance bursting through to the finish line.