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By Libby Curran
July 28, 2021
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By Libby Curran
July 28, 2021
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Three years after it was first announced, this much-anticipated venture from Chris Lucas (Chin Chin) and Sepia's Martin Benn and Vicki Wild has finally made its home within the 80 Collins dining precinct. It's sporting a timeless (and dramatic) aesthetic fusing elements of art deco, mid-century, art nouveau and brutalist sensibilities across its two restaurants — Society Dining Room and Lillian Terrace, plus the upmarket Society Lounge bar.

A considered menu by celebrated chef Benn offers a choose-your-own-adventure scenario, with dishes boasting a level of precision inspired by ikebana, the ancient Japanese art of flower arranging. At Society Dining Room, you're in for refined creations like albacore tuna matched with shiso and rhubarb; bonito with ume yuzu and roast chicken jellies and a wagyu beef rib cap starring Japanese pickle and wasabi butter. Meanwhile, the Lillian Terrace menu nods to the Euro influences of Benn's earlier career, running to plates like a spiced crown of chicken cooked over coals with charred lime and tomato, and a playful riff on the Napoleon mille feuille for dessert.

Society's sharp drinks offering features an impressive wine curation by Loic Avril (ex-Fat Duck and Dinner by Heston), complete with two pouring lists, Dom Perignon by the glass and cellar displays you can browse before you order. More top-notch drinking can be found at Society Lounge, where a cocktail list by World Class Bartender of the Year Orlando Marzo stars delights like the caviar-infused martini.

By Kristoffer Paulsen

Society opens this Friday, July 30. Lunch and dinner reservations for the Dining Room are available from Monday, August 2.

Images: Food by Adrian Lander, interiors by Tom Blachford

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