And they’re off…..

racesMEOn the day of the Melbourne Cup we were chomping at the bit to get inside the Royal Randwick Racecourse and bet on the horses. 

In case you don’t know- the Melbourne Cup is an annual Australian racing event that captures the attention of an entire nation. horsejockeysIn all honesty, I don’t go to the races to bet, I go because I love a chance to get dressed up like a lady and wear a fascinator. Having said that, I must gloat a little after both Mister C and I bet on the winning horse.  meandracesThe dress was a recent Bordeaux purchase from Sandro- it has a similar silhouette to a lot of Chanel dresses I enviably saw earlier this year but (luckily) without the Chanel price tag.sydneyharbourdayAfter the races we treated Mister C to dinner at Cafe Sydney in Customs House, which has uninterrupted views of Sydney harbour that stretch from the bridge to the opera house. 

This restaurant is quite a local secret as it’s hidden inside a museum, with no ‘Cafe Sydney’ signage or hints of how to get up to the roof.  (Tip: Go through the entrance door of the museum and walk towards an elevator in the far left corner)oystersOnce we were seated out on the terrace, we started ordering a seafood extravaganza. I began with a dozen mixed oysters served with a shallot vinaigrette, which I shared with Mister C because I’m not shell-fish. (terrible I know)crabsWe continued on with the crab…..meandmoretonbugsAlong with the Moreton Bay bugs served with lemon and aioli. moretonbugsCouldn’t resist sharing a close-up of the bugs in all their glory. meandmoretonbugshands

sydneyharbournightAs the sun set we saw Sydney harbour light up and put on a real show for us. meinsidedrinks

dessertWe then moved indoors so I could enjoy a salted caramel and chocolate peanut tart served with chocolate ice-cream and a banana fritter. The dessert was so delicious that I only gave the stingiest of spoonfuls to the rest of my family.  (I don’t feel at all apologetic about it either)cafesydneyinteriorAs you can see the indoors of Cafe Sydney is almost as beautiful as the outdoors and it’s a seriously special place to treat someone to. 

For years we have taken visitors here and it has never failed to impress our guests from the moment they step out through the elevator to find the harbour in front of them.