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Shannon Bennett's Bistro Vue is being transformed into an ethical seafood restaurant

Bistro Vue
Photograph: Mia McDonald

Shannon Bennett’s celebrated French restaurant Bistro Vue is closing down next week after 11 years to transform into what will be the CBD’s only dedicated seafood restaurant, Ike Jime.

Bistro Vue might be closing, but it’s unlikely that it’ll be forgotten. The Vue Group (who also own fine-diner Vue de Monde) are working to make sure that Ike Jime will incorporate the best elements of the restaurant's former life as a French culinary hotspot by focusing on quality, creativity and great service.

Vue Group executive chef Justin James has been tasked with creating the new menu, while former Vue de Monde chef Sam Homan has been named as Ike Jime’s head chef. The new restaurant has appropriately been named after the Japanese practice of humane fin fish killing, and Ike Jime will source all its seafood through fisherman Mark Eather who uses ethical ‘line-caught’ fishing methods. Incidentally, this practice is thought to produce tastier fish.

Those looking to get their looking to get their last bowl of bouillabaisse or a sticky slice of tarte tatin have until Saturday October 14 when the restaurant will have their final service. After that the restaurant will close and reopen as Ike Jime in early November. Bookings are recommended. 

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