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AO serves up world-class dining

10 October 2017 by Tennis Australia

Recent top 10 player Caroline Garcia enjoys the French quarter at Grand Slam Oval.

Australian Open 2018 has attracted some of the biggest Australian and international culinary superstars to the tournament this summer, providing more choice for fans than ever before.

In a major coup for the event, award-winning and internationally acclaimed restaurant empires Rockpool Dining Group and Nobu will both have outposts at the Australian Open, taking five-star dining at the tennis to a whole new level.

For those wanting a more casual approach there’s a host of options at Grand Slam Oval, including the return of modern Mexican sensation Mamasita and George Calombaris’ Gazi. New for 2018, there will be Burger Project, San Antone serving some true southern soul food, and Doughnut Time, for the perfect sweet tooth.

At the AO Festival you can feast on Ginger Boy, Hunky Dory and Biggie Smalls or relax at the Canadian Club Racquet Club while watching the tennis on the big screen.

“Melbourne is renowned for fine food and at the Australian Open we’ll be showcasing offerings from the city’s most popular restaurants and famous celebrity chefs,” Australian Open Tournament Director Craig Tiley said.

“Whether you fancy a food truck feast, a $5 meal in our bigger-than-ever kids’ zone or world-class dining at one of our many premium on-site restaurants, there really is something for everyone at the Australian Open.”

Premium On Court Seating will return, with fans sitting just metres from the players on Rod Laver Arena, the most exclusive seating access in world tennis.

A new hospitality hub, the Atrium, will also be a fun, relaxed environment for tennis enthusiasts.

Highlights for 2018 include:

 Tennis HQ and Garden Square

  • The Atrium – new entertainment hub featuring a grazing menu and all day bar
  • Club Aperol – sample the famous Aperol Spritz.
  • Biggie Smalls by Shane Delia
  • Lavazza Lounge.

Grand Slam Oval

  • Mamasita – modern Mexican
  • Gazi – modern Greek from the George Calombaris Group
  • Burger Project
  • San Antone
  • Doughnut Time
  • Cooper’s Beer Garden
  • Jacob’s Creek Wine Bar
  • Canadian Club Bar.

AO Festival

  • GingerBoy – Asian fusion by Ezard
  • Biggie Smalls by Shane Delia
  • Hunk Dory Seafood, incorporating a fresh salmon cart by Huon
  • Doughnut Time pop up
  • Canadian Club Racquet Club.

Garden Square balcony

  • Laneway Club – open kitchens, street food and live entertainment (walk-in and reservations)
  • 88 Melbourne – contemporary Australian (reservation only).

Hisense Arena

  • Rockpool Dining Group – the best of Australia’s home-grown produce (reservation only)
  • Nobu – Innovative Japanese cuisine (reservation only).

Across the road

  • The Glasshouse (reservation only).

AO Ballpark

  • Special $5 family-friendly options available in this new interactive kids’ zone.

Exclusive dining and viewing spaces for group bookings

  • Show Court Finals – exclusive opportunity to dine on-court with guests receiving a Rod Laver Arena ticket in a category of their choosing
  • Trophy Club – exclusive seating and dining inside Rod Laver Arena with a private entrance and Garden Square balcony. Category 1 ticket for each guest (Reservation only)
  • The Lounge – relaxed elegant dining comes with a Category 2 Rod Laver Arena ticket for each guest
  • Superboxes in both Rod Laver Arena and Hisense Arena.