Melbourne's five star restaurants
What we have here is not so humble as an osteria. Sure, it has an underlying rustic Italian brief, but the signature dish – thick tubes known as paccheri with prawns – is red carpet ready.
Attica 2.0 gives a cheeky spin on Aussie-isms. There’s a play on smashed avo on toast, and a mini saltbush lamb pie in a Vegemite-addled crust. Even the bread goes native at this regular on the World's 50 Best Restaurants list.
Ishizuka is worth the time, expense, and trouble of finding it to experience this multi-course journey saturated in technique, peppered with luxe ingredients and served with the kind of ceremony that would satisfy any inhabitant of the Chrysanthemum Throne.
The Carlton Wine Room feels like a breath of fresh air on a dining scene gone stale. Joy, Howe and Twomey are institutionalised hospitality professionals who have turned the cog in large restaurant groups and have come out the other end equipped with the skills of running their own exciting venue.
It wasn’t long ago that Melbourne was considered the runt of the litter with our limited choices in Thai restaurants. But we’re catching up, with Dodee Paidang joining the authentic ranks of Jinda, Tom Toon Thai Noodle and Soi 38.
If the Mornington Peninsula didn’t have it all already – now they can add this audacious, multi-pronged venture encompassing vineyard, cellar door, sculpture park, bistro and restaurant to their ledger.
Fish and chips by the beach? One of life’s simple pleasures has quadrupled down on its potential for greatness with Captain Moonlite, a kitchen takeover at the Anglesea Surf Lifesaving Club from two industry stars.
The Mayfair’s wonderful, darling. That’s the four-word review of this place dancing on the ascetic memory of Pei Modern with the swellegant vibe of a New York supper club from the days folks dressed for dinner.
The grand Mural Room is one of Melbourne’s last bastions of lavish European dining charm where the lighting is set to dim, and the mood set upon arrival by the proffering of a handbag stool.
Andrew McConnell has given his major Gertrude Street address a thorough going-over after eight years. It looks a million bucks. The best bit: the bar,where Champagne rests on ice and a Negroni is only a charming waiter away.
At South Yarra restaurant Atlas you're looking at a smart little fire-focused establishment with a unique, globe-hopping MO, shifting between four cuisines from three continents in the space of 12 months.
Melbourne for a long time practiced Thai food as a kind of cultural desecration, But to have the fourth Long Chim landing in our midst - after Singapore, Sydney and Perth - is the lime juice to the pad Thai; the Sriracha to the fried school prawns. Yes, colour us happy.
The wine bar used to be such a simple concept. A bar, goddamn it. But these days nothing’s ever quite so straightforward and the wine bar has nicked off for a makeover, sneaking a showstopping menu in while you're distracted by the drinks list.
It’s a timely thing indeed that George Calombaris has decided to loosen the reins a little and introduce an à la carte option at his golden glossy Greek fine diner.
Not all five star dining is expensive, and nothing about Miznon is orthodox. It’s a double-storied restaurant, but the action unspools downstairs where diners order at the counter and wait for their names to be called.
Want to stretch your dollar further?
Melbourne's big on cheap eats, but sometimes it's nice to pull up a seat in the city's fine dining establishment. You may not be able to shell out the big bucks all the time though, so we've dug up some of the best value hacks for fine dining restaurants for when you want the experience for less.