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By November 16, 2014 , , , , , , ,

There are so many things I love about Melbourne, but the thing I love most is what a vibrant and ever-changing city it is. What makes a city is its people, and the people of Melbourne are some of the most creative, hip and eclectic people I have ever met. Spoilt with choices of cuisines by an infusion of visitors and residents from all over the world, Melbournians have a fine taste in gastronomy. Our taste buds are constantly seeking the next best thing eatery in town, be it Mexican, Spanish, Chinese, or Middle-Eastern.

With the demand for fine food comes the concept of pop-up bars and restaurant. For a certain period, a location is transformed into a kitchen and dining area for foodies to enjoy the gastronomy creations, usually by renowned chefs. But if you've put if off and say: "Oh, we'll go there another time..." you might return to the location to find an empty space, with no trace of the food heaven having been there at all.

The Fat Duck by Heston Blumenthal is a good example of a pop-up restaurant. In fact, the demand for a table at The Fat Duck, despite its price per person, was so high that reservation was determined via a ballot system. So many people took to Twitter to express their disappointment at having to miss out on it.

If you are one of those who missed out on The Fat Duck, fret not, there is another pop-up bar and restaurant that will satisfy your taste buds this season, and have your social media followers go oohs and ahhs, sending your phone into a buzzing frenzy. I'm talking about The Bombay Sapphire Project Botanicals Pop Up Bar.

From 19 November through to 6 December, on Wendesday to Saturday nights, the warehouse space of 64 Sutton Street in North Melbourne will be transformed to highlight the taste, textures and colours of Bombay Sapphire and its botanicals. Gin and food lovers are invited to the space to sample a range of 10 Bombay Sapphire-inspired cocktails, paired with 10 tapas-style dishes, each paying tribute to one of the selected botanicals found in Bombay Sapphire, from exotic locations from around the world.

Of course, the man behind the genius cocktail and tapas dishes pairing is non-other than Masterchef judge, Gary Mehigan, who is also a gin lover. So, you can be sure to expect a menu that is bold, texture and full of flavour.

Using ingredients such as juniper berries from Tuscany, coriander seeds from Morroco, bitter almonds from Spain and cassia bark from Indo-China, the dining experience will take you on a trip around the world.

Bombay Sapphire aims to create a distinct visual experience with Project Botanicals to complement its beautiful cocktails and dishes. The pop-up bar features guest DJs, live botanical walls and installation, and also special effects lighting to satisfy all senses.

Needless to say, the warehouse in the back street of North Melbourne is the place to be this last few weeks of Spring. For $35 per person, it is the perfect destination to enjoy 2 cocktails and 2 matched dishes from the botanically inspired menu. What are you waiting for? Who knows when we will get the chance to experience such a unique "gin-stronomy" experience again? You can book your Project Botanical experience online *here*.

Bombay Sapphire: Project Botanical Pop Up Bar
Where? 64 Sutton Street, North Melbourne
When? 19 November to 6 December, Wednesdays to Saturdays 6pm - 1am.

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