Monday, December 5, 2011

Vue de Melbourne

After experiencing the amazing views from high rise restaurants in Hong Kong, I decided to book dinner some three or four months ago at Vue de monde for Mr Rosanna's birthday which we celebrated on the weekend.  We had a fantastic night out.
We arrived at the Lui Bar on the 55th floor half an hour before dinner and had drinks with all the pretty young things while watching day turn into night as all the lights of Melbourne started twinkling.  The views were superb - I did feel like I could have been in New York or Paris and I'm also sure that's been quite deliberate in terms of the design and feel.

Dinner in the restaurant itself was an exciting, entertaining and fun experience with all sorts of theatrics and a touch of Heston Blumenthal.  Mr R and I each went the four course dinner with a choice of different entrees, mains, a cheese selection and dessert.

From the kangaroo skin lined tables with what looks like a collection of polished rocks on top to the corrugated iron feature wall and ladies toilets with the word 'sheilas' written on the front - Vue de monde is a surprise.  Shannon Bennett has incorporated an Australian theme and while the menu is still French-influenced, a lot of the product is now sourced locally and more sustainable.  Mr R drank Australian beer and wine and 60% of the cheeses we ate were also from here.  As a non drinker I also appreciated the tea sommelier service.
There were all sorts of surprising treats before and during our meal and the service was great - friendly, approachable and unobtrusive rather than intimidating.  It's all very slick from the concierge service when you enter the Rialto building downstairs to being escorted from the bar to the restaurant or toilets.

While I decided to dress up (I wore a black silk cocktail dress by Fleur Wood), dress ranged from casual (some of the diners were in jeans) to glamorous and given it's not as stuffy as most fine dining establishments are (no white tablecloths) - this was fine.

As a Melburnian, I think dining at Vue de monde should be on everyone's wish list.  Was it expensive?  Hell yeah - expect to pay at least a couple of hundred dollars per head.  Was it worth it?  Absolutely.

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