Melbourne is Australia’s classy southern city for culinary wanderers. A destination rich with home-grown and international chefs, forming one of the most vibrant dining scenes on the planet. We’ve narrowed down to four venues to visit if it is an experience you require, rather than just a meal.
1. Cuisine de Temps by Chef Jacques Raymond
Jacques Raymond owns this find dining restaurant in Windsor, near Prahran. For nearly twenty years, Cuisine de Temps consistently produced delicate and sumptuous food that makes Jacques Raymond an iconic chef in Melbourne.
Choose from the unique menu featuring the finest of Australian produce to reflect the flavours of the season. Indulge and fill your thirst with the wine menu and feel the simplicity and suitability that is perfect.
Recommendation: Try the classics Beignet of Blue Swimmer Crab and the Gougères that have been on his menu for 27 years.
2. Vue de Monde by Chef Shannon Bennett
Featured among Elite Traveller’s Top 100 Restaurants in the world, Vue de Monde is a fixture on Melbourne’s fine dining scene. Vue de Monde retells the epitomes of food and dining as an experience to be savoured and enjoyed. You’ll find it difficult to find French cuisine prepared with such detail and attention elsewhere in Melbourne. If that’s not enough, while you dine you can enjoy an amazing view of the city skyline from 55 floors up in the famed Rialto Towers.
Recommendation: If you are looking for an extra exclusive experience you can book the Dom Perignon Room, a Joost Baker designed private space that can accommodate 14 guests.
3. Attica by Chef Ben Shewry
The 55-seater Ripponlea hot spot is the only Melbourne-area restaurant on S. Pellegrino’s 50 Best Restaurants list. The simple warm earthy tones, the unpretentious, intimate space and the Tuesday night Chef’s Table (where the team try out new creations) are all clear indications that at Attica the food comes first.
Dinners can choose from five or eight courses and there is a separate menu for vegetarians. Each dish has been carefully crafted by Chef Ben Shewry to be a complete and unique experience; from ‘potato cooked in earth’ to ‘apple, olive and warm shredded wheat’. The elegant and complex dishes that you could easily find yourself constrained to describe in detail for months afterwards. Layers of crunch and crackle, mingle with salty explosions and silky, smoky froths.
Recommendation: Staff are well equipped to give you suggestions on getting the best out of each dish. Creative fine dining in humble, relaxed surrounds.
4. Movida by Chef Frank Camorra
Chef Frank Camorra is recognized in introducing Melbourne diners to Spanish cuisine at his perennially popular wine and tapas bar. Dinner at Movida can quickly turn into a pricey occasion as it can be hard not to get carried away here. The menu of tapas and racion is designed to be shared – but avoid overdoing it early so you can leave room for desert. If you’re feeling adventurous, try out a cross-section of signature dishes and seasonal specials.
Recommendation: If you want to experience Spanish cuisine in Movida, you can book a reservation ahead of time, often months in advance is now essential.