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Modern Australian
  • 533 Brunswick St,
    Fitzroy North,
    Melbourne, VIC
  • (03) 9481 1177,
  • Lunch Sun-Fri noon-3pm

    Dinner daily 6pm-10pm


In this hipster age of sharing plates, faddish foods and industrial interiors, it's sweet relief to know restaurants like Matteo's still thrive. Judging by its popularity after 19 years, sometimes all Melburnians crave is a glamorous dining room and charming service. Just don't expect Matteo's to be predictable. The impressive wine list ranges from Beechworth to Burgundy, but prices are remarkably reasonable (from $35 to Grange). The menu is French-accented Asian, with a keen eye on the seasonal. Perhaps light and lovely steamed spanner-crab dumplings with pickled green mango and a piquant tom yum-style sauce, or a barramundi fillet - crisp-skinned and supple of flesh - with kimchi and a calamari salad. This is a restaurant for all seasons: special-occasion dinners, lazy Sundays, bargain-express lunches. Or prop up the bar any time for apéritifs and sweets, such as the terrific tropical trifle.


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At a glance

  • Food:
  • One Star
  • Wine:
  • Two glasses
  • Price:
  • E $19-$26

    M $38-$44

    D $18-$24

  • Feature:
  • BYO
    Private room
  • Cards:
  • American Express
  • Bookings:
  • Bookings recommended
  • Chef:
  • Brendan McQueen



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