04 December 2016

 

6 best restaurants in Melbourne

Our favourite places to eat. Enjoy awesome food and stunning decor

Fine dining with a view!

1. Vue de Monde

Fine dining with a view!

Our favourite place to eat

Book a table 55 stories above the city and enjoy impeccable food with extravagant views. Choose between the four- and ten-course French-influenced tasting menus, prepared with organic fruit and vegetables they grow themselves as well as local, sustainable meat and seafood. Vue de Monde is a sophisticated space, adorned with contemporary art, which complements the restaurant’s Melbourne Gold Rush glory days feel surprisingly well!

Level 55, Rialto Building, 525 Collins Street

Tel: +61 (3) 9691 3888

Cutting edge food meets Aussie hospitality.

2. Brooks

Cutting edge food meets Aussie hospitality.

An ensemble staff, from chef to barman to sommelier to kitchen boy, means this place is as much about the welcome as it is the food. On that subject, the menu knows no bounds. Try the meli melo, a dish of no fewer than 35 vegetables, with everything from pickled cucumber to bee pollen. And, of course, you can’t go wrong with their inventive 5-course degustation. This is food unlike any you’ve ever tasted.

115-117 Collins St   Tel: +61 (3) 9001 8755

The classic era of hospitality

3. Epocha

The classic era of hospitality

No day-glo, no gimmicks, just timeless Victorian elegance and modern European cuisine. Epocha is your step into a glorious past without it feeling at all dated. Crystal decanters, etched silverware, polished service and, best of all, park-facing tables! Start with countless small plates to share: charcuterie, croquettes, venison carpaccio, asparagus crowned with a soft poached egg, that once ruptured, transforms into a sauce. That alone is worth a visit.

49 Rathdowne St, Carlton   Tel: +61 (3) 9036 4949

It’s Aussie, mate, and we love it

4. Cutler & Co

It’s Aussie, mate, and we love it

Cutler & Co. is an Aussie chef’s award-winning take on modern fine dining. You’ll dine on indigenous meat and seafood, from kangaroo to marron, a Western Australian freshwater crayfish. Everything is served in sophisticated, eight-course tasting menus. And you’re surrounded by stunning industrial chic interiors designed by the chef’s architect wife. No wonder it’s been called “a melding of the perfectionist and the personable.” We reckon both qualities are in both of them!

55–57 Gertrude St, Fitzroy   Tel: +61 (3) 9419 4888

Little Vietnam in great big Australia

5. Uncle

Little Vietnam in great big Australia

Melbourne is a melting pot – and the beauty of that are restaurants like Uncle. Genuinely Vietnamese, but not fixatedly so, this welcoming, locally-run new Asian hot spot serves delicacies like pate with rice crackers and steak with chilli and coconut butter. They’re even having their own special beer brewed, so nobody ever goes thirsty. This is Australia, after all, even if every other restaurant is influenced by another culture!

188 Carlisle St, St Kilda   Tel: +61 (3) 9041 2668

The city's warmest welcome lies at its shoreline

6. Donovans

The city's warmest welcome lies at its shoreline

Melbourne’s beach-side dining institution was once a bathing pavilion. True to that form, a trip to this restaurant is like a exquisite dip in the waters beyond. The menu features a delicious range of Mediterranean flavours from hoof-to-head eating to the house-speciality, ocean-fresh seafood. It’s redecorated several times a year, and the service matches the quality of the food, making this husband-and-wife-run gem our pick of the city.

40 Jacka Blvd, St Kilda   Tel: +61 3 9534 8221

 
 
 
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