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12° & CLOUDY ON THURSDAY 16 AUGUST IN MELBOURNE
By Roseanne Tiziani
July 22, 2014
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Cutler & Co.

Fine dining at one of the best restaurants in the country.
By Roseanne Tiziani
July 22, 2014
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There's a reason why fine dining is reserved for something other than just the everyday. The element of occasion, the gathering of your best company, and the wearing of your finest attire calls for extravagant surrounds; equally important, a food experience that lingers longer in your mind than the food in your belly. Frequently acclaimed as one of the best restaurants in the country, Cutler & Co. does exactly that.

In a city saturated by endless food trends, Cutler & Co. at once remains innovative and traditional. Housed within an old metalworks factory, the industrial interior is softened by wicker lighting and luxe fabrics, meeting a crossroads between the minimal and the opulent. With the open plan kitchen placed at the front of the restaurant, diners are greeted upon entry by the busy kitchen staff. If the story of Cutler & Co. is all about chef Andrew McConnell's passion for produce, this is where it begins.

The highly flexible dining room makes the ideal location for business dining, drinks at the bar, long lunches and truly extensive degustation experiences. A carefully considered space means diners are privy to each other, yet can remain secluded in their own experience. Highly attentive wait staff contribute to the affair, knowing everything you need before you know it yourself, be it a dietary requirement or the return of your coat on the way out.

This is food to admire, and then food to love. Each dish is plated to supreme ornateness. The visual deconstruction continues as you unpick the myriad of flavours, including that of a shaved fennel and cabbage salad which sounds simpler than it appears. With an extensive menu of variable tastes designed for sharing, we recommend the Sunday lunch: a seasonal selection of dishes that demonstrates Cutler & Co. in its best light. The set menu means you're free to enjoy a truly leisurely afternoon, and at $75 (pair a wine selection for an extra $50), is extremely good value. Reservations are highly recommended.

Faultless, indulgent and majestic, the Cutler & Co. experience can't be given justice simply through words. This is one restaurant that needs to be experienced to be believed.

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