The summer issue

Our summer-packed January issue is out now - featuring our guide to summer rieslings, strawberries and seafood recipes, as well as a look at the best of Bali.

Subscribe to Gourmet

Subscribe to Australian Gourmet Traveller for just $6 an issue - offer ends 29th January, 2017.

Gourmet digital

Subscribe to Gourmet Traveller for your iPad or Android tablet.

Pei Modern
Modern Australian
  • Collins Place,
    45 Collins St,
    Melbourne, VIC
  • (03) 9654 8545,
  • Lunch Mon-Fri noon-3pm

    Dinner Mon-Sat 5.30pm-10.30pm

Pei Modern

As the de facto dining room of the five-star Sofitel Hotel, Pei Modern needs to be all things to all people. With top-flight Sydney chef Mark Best at the helm, though, this smart restaurant of concrete, glass and serious carpentry always keeps things savvy. The alcove bar is built for relaxed daytime dining, while the restaurant-proper comes into its own after dark. Sultry lighting, a bustling bistro feel and, under maître d' Ainslie Lubbock, upstanding service are enhanced by pukka cocktails and a five-star wine list (at five-star prices). The menu kicks off with show-stopping bites of shortbread topped with lush parmesan cream and anchovy; it often showcases seasonal treats such as a late-summer salad of burrata and black fig. Main courses steer steadily between pasta and wood-fired fish and meat, including the juiciest charred hanger steak with roasted shallots and harissa. Best's signature Sauternes caramel custard is the ideal finish.


You might also like:

Italian renaissance

Carlton, the Melbourne suburb that brought Italian cuisine a...

The dishes that define Melbourne dining in 2016

For our 50th anniversary issue in 2016, we scoured Australia...

At a glance

  • Food:
  • Two Stars
  • Wine:
  • Two glasses
  • Price:
  • E $14-$21

    M $30-$40

    D $16-$18

  • Feature:
  • Licensed
    Outdoor dining
  • Cards:
  • American Express
  • Bookings:
  • Bookings recommended
  • Chef:
  • Mark Best & Matt Germanchis



Hobart, TAS
Smolt manages to be most things to many people. With its welcoming, mid-century-modern in...


Launceston, TAS
Bearings count at Stillwater, nearly two decades old and with a venerability that matches...


Sydney, NSW
Get the skirt steak. Sure, the fire-licked pork and lamb offerings from the asado pit are...

Stokehouse Q

Brisbane, QLD
Stokehouse is the best of both worlds. Its river frontage and glam seafood and meats make...

Restaurant Amuse

East Perth, WA
The setting might be suburban, but the outlook at Restaurant Amuse remains global. Few Pe...


Hobart, TAS
A mainstay of the Hobart culinary experience, Lebrina offers a unique kind of quiet comfo...


Melbourne, VIC
One of Ben Shewry's great strengths is his ability to transform the potentially hokey int...


Griffith, ACT
The grey-whiskered Ben Willis could pass for a maturing, but certainly not jaded, rock st...
get the latest news

Sign up to receive the latest food, travel and dining news direct from Gourmet Traveller headquarters.