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Fine-Diner Vue de Monde Is Reopening Following a Major Three-Month Makeover

Soar to level 55 of Rialto Tower for contemporary French fare, caviar service and cocktails aplenty.
By Andrew Zuccala
October 31, 2023
By Andrew Zuccala
October 31, 2023

Three months after closing its doors on the 55th floor of Rialto Towers, celebrated fine-diner Vue de monde is reopening with a whole new fit-out and menu. The adjoining Lui Bar is also back with a brand-new look and an expanded drinking area.

During the break, Executive Chef Hugh Allen worked with his team to do a major update on the French-inspired food offering.

"We've been working on the changes to Vue de monde and Lui Bar for a few years now, and it is wonderful to see everything come together. Taking a few months away from the day to day has helped us create what we believe are really special menus across the restaurant and the bar," Allen notes.

Vue de monde at Rialto Tower in Melbourne

Dishes from the opening menu are set to include grilled lamb sweetbreads with asparagus topped with a sauce made of fermented macadamia; padrón peppers filled with heirloom eggplant; and marron tail slowly grilled and served with a paste made from fried native herbs and accompanied by a warm marron roe custard.

Wine continues to receive ample love here, as director Dorian Guillon and head sommelier Mathieu Gobin run Vue de monde's phenomenal, award-winning wine program comprised of 2,000 bins, hailing from both Australia and around the globe.

When sitting down to eat, guests will still gather around the signature tables made by designer Ross Didier and kangaroo hide tabletops designed by Theo Hassett. But the rest of the interiors have been redone, mostly featuring luxe black and timber finishes. Restraint remains as the views across the city are the true star of the show up at Vue de monde.

Vue de monde at Rialto Tower in Melbourne

That goes for Bar Lui as well, which is now situated on the eastern and southern wings of the tower. The larger space is designed similarly to the Vue de monde dining room, yet with more natural finishes — think timber, marble, sheep skin and natural brass.

Allen has developed a larger menu of snacks here, featuring Sydney rock oysters, Blackmore wagyu ribs and caviar service for the extra bougie folks out there.

Lui Bar's manager Elisabetta Lupi has also curated a new cocktail list focusing on sustainability and native ingredients. Lupi's favourite new cocktail is the Margot — a spritz made with Davidson plums, rhubarb and lacto-fermented yellow tomatoes.

It seems as if the same luxury French-inspired sensibilities of Vue de monde remain, but with a strong focus on local ingredients.

Bar Lui at Vue de Monde in Melbourne

Vue de monde is welcoming guests back from November 1, and Bar Lui will reopen on November 8. Find them both at Level 55 Rialto Towers, 525 Collins Street — open from Wednesday to Saturday.

Published on October 31, 2023 by Andrew Zuccala
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