Race on over to this new luxurious dining experience winning Melbourne’s restaurant scene.

The iconic Moonee Valley Racing Club has been a Melbourne staple for decades bringing laughter, joy and sportsmanship to thousands. And now you can add luxury dining to the list of achievements.

What once was an old and stodgy storage space found inside the TOTE Building has now been transformed and elegantly rejuvenated into one of the best luxury dining experiences in Melbourne’s west.

Found on the grounds of the famed racecourse and paying homage to its unique 1930s heritage, the sophisticated interior design of TOTE Bar & Dining is a high-class update meant to be savoured as much as the food. Entering through the pristine Tote Park gardens you’ll find the unassuming TOTE Bar & Dining, dwarfed by the imposing racecourse behind it. Once inside, you’re greeted with the centred, oval-shaped grand olive bar that references the rings of a racecourse. Rich timber and leather banquette seating line the main hall of this cosy restaurant, giving an authentic saddleback feel. The use of colour and material blend into a comforting and intimate setting few can match.

This sophistication in design can also be seen in the high-end dining options on offer.  Serving modern Australian cuisine on a seasonal menu, TOTE Bar & Dining offers a taste of the luxury lifestyle one would expect from the Moonee Valley Racing Club.

Of course, if you’d rather leave it to the professionals, the four-course Chef’s Selection ($95) will invigorate your senses in every bite thanks to the exquisite selection of seafood, meat and vegetables. A testament to the skilled team, guests will be treated to locally sourced ingredients including the likes of Dry Aged Macedon Range Duck Breast to name a few.

Dishes can be selected to be paired with TOTE’s selection of Australian wine for the ultimate and true taste of luxury. It should not shock you that the attention to detail in the interior and menu is also present in the drink offering, matching and enhancing the flavours of each bite.

Those looking to enjoy something a little sweeter can also select from one of TOTE’s signature cocktails and mocktails that prove to be the cherry on top of any night out. The By The Fireplace is our pick out of the bunch blending vodka, hazelnut, wild strawberries, gingerbread, apple and egg white into a devilishly sweet concoction sure to tickle anyone’s sweet tooth.

Overall, this boutique dining experience is a testament to the power of transformation, turning the mundane into the extraordinary. Make sure to book a table now to secure a night of rich flavours, delectable drinks, and unmatched atmosphere.

TOTE Bar & Dining
Open every Wednesday through Saturday
14 Feehan Ave, Moonee Ponds, VIC 3039
For more information:
TOTE Bar & Dining Website

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Editor’s Note: Hunter and Bligh was gifted an experience by TOTE Bar & Dining. All reviews are authentic and are in no way influenced by our partnership.