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This dramatic venue from Chris Lucas features two restaurants and a glam cocktail lounge.
By Libby Curran
September 15, 2023
By Libby Curran
September 15, 2023

Three years after Society was first announced, the much-anticipated venture from Chris Lucas (Chin Chin, Grill Americano, Kisume and Yakimono) finally made its home within the 80 Collins dining precinct in 2021. 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, plus the upmarket Society Lounge bar.

Here, a considered menu 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 scallops matched with green peas, capers and marigold; toothfish with artichokes, grapefruit and roasted chicken sauce; and an angus tenderloin starring fermented Sugarloaf cabbage and black garlic puree.

Keen for dessert? Simply ask for the luxe dessert trolley to be carted over so you can choose from a huge variety of freshly made cakes, puddings and pastries. Our favourite? It's got to be the Paris-brest or lemon meringue pie.

Meanwhile, the Lillian menu is spiked with European influences, running to plates like the John Dory roasted on the bone and topped with sauce vierge and a banging spanner crab linguine served with a rich lobster oil.

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. The wine offerings are so impressive that The World of Fine Wine named it the global winner of Best New Wine List in 2023. If you are a bit of a wine snob — and have plenty of cash to throw around — this is the place to really indulge.

More top-notch drinking can also be found at Society Lounge, where a cocktail list by World Class Bartender of the Year Orlando Marzo stars a huge selection of martins plus a few house signature creations that regularly change.

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