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How to have a magnifique Melbourne Cup Day

The best working day of the year is almost here. That glorious day when feathery, flowery numbers are acceptable office garb, it’s ok to down some bubbly at lunch and putting on a cheeky bet is on everyone’s to-do list. Yes, we’re talking Melbourne Cup. We may not actually care whether ‘Hartnell,’ ‘Runs Really Fast’ or ‘Why Do Horses Have Such Weird Names Anyway’ wins or not, but we’re certainly invested in where we eat and drink on the day. And for the most magnifique Melbourne Cup day lunch in Brisbane, there’s one elegant city spot putting on not one, but two spectacular lunches (not to mention an after party!): Sofitel Brisbane Central.
Thyme2 Restaurant | $99-$129pp ($49 per child)
Thyme2 is the foodie’s venue of choice for Melbourne Cup. If you are really just looking for an excuse to feast on an amazing seafood buffet and impressive array of gourmet dishes and decadent desserts while the race that stops the nation fades into the big screen in the background, this is the place for you. Complete with a glass of sparkling on arrival and the option to take things up a notch and add a premium beverage package, there’ll be no going back to the office after this long lunch.
Ballroom Le Grand | $195-$280pp
If glamour is what you’re after, you won’t get much more glamorous than the Ballroom Le Grand. Begin the festivities with a glass of sparkling on arrival followed by a decadent three-course feast of dishes like Balmain bug with wasabi mayonnaise and black pepper beef fillet on celeriac puree with roasted baby beetroot. Pair your meal with free-flowing wine and beer, then enjoy an exclusive fashion parade by QueensPlaza, live entertainment, and a lucky door prize which could win you a trip to Bali. You can even upgrade to the Champagne Circle for $280pp, with welcome drinks in La Galerie’s VIP Lounge, Pol Roger Champagne to sip on during lunch and the best seats in the house. Who’d want to be trackside when you could have all that! Whichever lunch you opt for, it doesn’t have to end when the race does, with an After Party in the Cuvee Lounge Bar. Spend your race winnings on champagne, wine and cocktails while live music keeps the party spirit going. Find out more and get tickets to Sofitel’s Melbourne Cup events here. Words by Ranyhyn Akui Keeping the G&G up to date requires a lot of double lattes, so we occasionally need to give out some sponsored love. But rest assured that we only work with businesses that we think are nifty, as the sponsor for this post is!