Melbourne is South Australia’s posh city for culinary bums. A destination rich in local and international chefs, it forms one of the most vibrant gastronomic scenes on the planet. We’ve narrowed it down to four places to visit if it’s an experience you need, rather than just a meal.
1. Cuisine de Temps by chef Jacques Raymond
Jacques Raymond is the owner of this restaurant in Windsor, near Prahran. For nearly twenty years, Cuisine de Temps consistently produced sumptuous and delicate food that makes Jacques Raymond an iconic Melbourne chef.
Choose from the unique menu featuring the best Australian produce to reflect the flavors of the season. Pamper and quench your thirst with the wine list and feel the simplicity and suitability that is perfect.
Recommendation: Try the classic Beignet of Blue Swimmer Crab and the Gougères that have been on their menu for 27 years.
2. Vue de Monde by chef Shannon Bennett
Featured in the top 100 Elite Traveler restaurants in the world, Vue de Monde is a fixture on Melbourne’s food scene. Vue de Monde retells the epitomes of lunch and dinner as an experience to savor and enjoy. You will find it difficult to find French cuisine prepared with such detail and attention elsewhere in Melbourne. If that’s not enough, while dining, you can enjoy an incredible view of the city skyline from 55 floors at the famous Rialto Towers.
Recommendation: If you are looking for an extra exclusive experience, you can book the Dom Perignon room, a private space designed by Joost Baker with capacity for 14 people.
3. Attica by Chef Ben Shewry
The 55 seat Ripponlea hot spot is the only Melbourne area restaurant on S. Pellegrino’s 50 Best Restaurants list. The simple warm earth tones, the intimate and unassuming space and the chef’s table on Tuesday night (where the team tastes new creations) are all indications that Attica comes first.
Dinners can choose between five or eight courses and there is a separate menu for vegetarians. Each dish has been carefully prepared by Chef Ben Shewry to make it a complete and unique experience; from ‘baked potato’ to ‘apple, olive and warm grated wheat’. The elegant and complex dishes that you could easily be forced to describe in detail for months afterward. Layers of crunch and crunch, mixed with salty explosions and silky, smoky foams.
Recommendation: The staff are well equipped to give you suggestions on how to get the best out of each dish. Creative dinner in a simple and relaxed environment.
4. Chef Frank Camorra’s move
Chef Frank Camorra is renowned for introducing Melbourne diners to Spanish cuisine at his ever popular wine and tapas bar. Dining at Movida can quickly turn into an expensive occasion, as it can be hard not to get carried away here. The tapas and portion menu is designed to be shared, but avoid overdoing it early so you can save room for dessert. If you’re feeling adventurous, try a variety of signature dishes and seasonal specialties.
Recommendation: If you want to experience Spanish cuisine at Movida, you can book a reservation in advance, often months in advance now is essential.
These are just some of the best Melbourne restaurants that you must try. If you prefer to stay at your hotel for dinner, choose from numerous Melbourne luxury hotels offering sophisticated food that can definitely satisfy your taste buds. You can also walk close to the hotel you are staying at to go to a local pub or restaurant if you want to try some good local Melbourne cuisine not so expensive but good. Having the opportunity to sample local foods and a unique dining experience is one of the best things you can do on your Melbourne vacation.