Melbourne is known by many world travellers to be a melting pot of transplants from many major world cultures like Spain, Malaysia, Vietnam, China, Sri Lanka, and many others. Because of the many different cultures represented here, the food is amazing and you can find any culinary desire you can imagine!
In fact, many chefs come to Melbourne from all over the world specifically to learn and cook for so many diverse palates. I am no chef but I am told that Melbourne is a dream come true for the culinary community.
If you are looking for an elite dining experience, consider the following and let us know your thoughts after you try them out!
Vue de Monde
This exclusive restaurant is located fifty five stories above the city and offers breathtaking views from almost every seat. Four and ten course meal options are offered by Chef Shannon Bennett in their freshly renovated, modern dining room. If you are really looking for a five-star culinary experience then book the Dom Perignon Room for up to fourteen people in a private room away from the other diners.
The succulent experience provided by Chef Ben Shewry, a New Zealand native, quickly established this Ripponlea hot spot as the place to be with dishes like his Virginia Rose potatoes that are a modern version of the traditional hangi.
A Spanish wine and tapas bar presented by Chef Frank Camorra, originally from Barcelona, has helped this increasingly popular fine dining establishment shoot to the top of the dining scene.
You will definitely need a reservation if you have a hope of getting a table here. Two other restaurants have been opened to accommodate the increased demand: MoVida Next Door and MoVida Terrazza.
Cutler and Co.
Award winning Andrew McConnell has taken the Melbourne locals to new heights in dining through a unique eight course tasting menu offering tasty delicacies like marron, a Western Australian crayfish. Four other restaurants are offered by McConnell but Cutler and Co. is easily his most premier offering to date.
Mark Best is a well known and well loved celebrity chef hailing from Australia itself. The offerings here change daily with superb offerings being sourced locally for the freshest, highest quality dining in a premier dining room. You may have heard of Mark Best before when he was awarded Elite Traveler’s number forty two spot on their Top
100 Restaurants in the World.
Rockpool Bar and Grill
South bank has the pleasure of having this stylish, two hundred seat restaurant as a patron with a classic offering of high-quality meats and seafood with a flair from Sydney native Chef Neil Perry. Luxury exudes from the plush dining chairs and fine linens with offerings for almost every distinguished palate including Tasmanian abalone in brown butter to swordfish cooked sashimi style.
Another gem from Andrew McConnell has made our list of the best places for dinner in Melbourne. McConnell worked in Hong Kong and Shanghai for five years and we are now blessed with an Asian, international experience in this up and coming dining environment in St. Kilda.
Even those with persnickety tastes have been impressed with their approach to classics like lobster rolls.