Vue de Monde
One of the most celebrated fine diners in Australia — with world-class views, too.
Soaring 55 storeys above Melbourne's CBD in the Rialto building, Vue de Monde does what it says on the tin — and that's offer world-class views. But you'd be wrong to think the vistas are the drawcard. Headed up by celebrated Australian chef Shannon Bennett, Vue de Monde is one of the top restaurants in the country and known for its theatrical approach to fine dining.
First up, the interiors, designed by local architecture firm Elenberg Fraser, are inspired by the Australian landscape — think black basalt bars, bespoke kangaroo fur chairs and corrugated iron walls. The Australiana theme carries through to the food, with its Chef's Tasting Menu championing native Australian ingredients thanks to Executive Chef Hugh Allen. The menu changes regularly but, to give you an idea, you could be sitting down to dishes like oysters with native citrus, Western Australian marron curry, and cantaloupe and green ants. It's one of the finest degustations in town — and one that'll set you back $310 per person.
If you're keen to hit up the famed fine diner but without the commitment to the pricey degustation, head to Lui Bar. The Lui Bar menu takes the concept of drinking snacks to new heights, showcasing clever technique as it reimagines classic Aussie flavours. Think, seafood rolls, handmade beef sausage rolls with a spicy ketchup and the chocolate lamington filled with raspberry gel. Alongside some exceptional cocktails, a standout wine list and incredible views, no less.