Designed and run for 20 years by one of Australia’s favourite celebrity chefs, Shannon Bennet, Vue de monde brings a European twist to Melbourne. It is one for the bucket list with an unprecedented 19/20 from The Age Good Food Guide.
For bookings: http://www.vuedemonde.com.au
2\ Dinner by Heston Blumenthal
Location: Southbank, VIC
Head chef: Heston Blumenthal
Heston Blumenthal is best known for pushing the boundaries when it comes to food pairings and Dinner is no different. This modern menu plays with historic recipes to create something truly unique.
For bookings: https://www.dinnerbyheston.com/
Location: Ripponlea, Vic
Attica is a Melbourne must, boasting a robust menu with unique Australian ingredients that will help you discover a “new wider view or where we’ve been and where we might go.” One of our favourites is the Sticky Wattle and Pearl Dumpling.
For bookings: https://www.attica.com.au/booking
Price: from $30
Nobu is arguably one of the world’s most recognized Japanese restaurants in Australia With 22 locations worldwide, two of which are on Australian shores, one of which is in Melbourne. The brainchild of Nobuyuki Matsuhisa, Nobu’s signature dish is the Black Cod Saikyo Miso.
For bookings: https://www.noburestaurants.com/melbourne/home/
Head chef: Koichi Minamishima
Koichi Minamishima plays with a culinary experience called Omakase. Minamishima offers two dining options - the sushi bar for small taste plates or the dining room for a full degustation.
For bookings: https://minamishima.com.au/
First opening in 1928, Florentino or Grossi Florentino is one of Melbourne’s oldest restaurants and an institution in itself. With three very unique offerings, there is something for everyone. Florentino is their luxury offering with fragrant meals and a once in a lifetime experience.
For bookings: http://www.florentino.com.au/florentino
Head chef: Peter Gunn
Specialty: Modern Australia
A local’s secret, IDES gives homage to the freshest Australian ingredients in the hustle and bustle of Collingwood. Our favourite is the beef cheek with black lentils and ricotta.
For bookings: https://www.idesmelbourne.com.au/
Location: South Yarra
Price: mains start at $38
Head chef: Scott Pickett
Matilda’s owner and chef, Scott Pickett has created an exquisite space with an even better menu. Pickett plays with open flames and hot coals to create warmth and comfort in a bowl.
For bookings: https://matilda159.com/
Location: Melbourne CBD
Head chef: Khan Nguyen
Specialty: South East Asian
Awarded with one hat by the Good Food Guide for two years in a row, SUNDA pushes the boundaries with punchy and fragrant South East Asian flavours. SUNDA is inspired by the region it is named after in Southeastern Asia which includes influences from Borneo, Java and Sumatra.
For bookings: https://www.sunda.com.au/
Location: Melbourne CBD
Head chef: Dave Verheul
Specialty: Wine bar
EMBLA is fun, flirty and homey wine bar in the middle of Melbourne. Designed to feel like an extension of your living room the staff will help you feel right at home. The offer a unique wine menu and mains that don’t match but somehow do, don’t ask us just try it.
For bookings: Embla doesn’t take bookings