Restaurant Guide

Attica: Restaurant review

Year after year, Attica goes deeper into its exploration of Australian food.



74 Glen Eira Rd
Ripponlea, Melbourne, VIC


Dinner Tue-Sat 6pm-10pm


Tasting menu $295

Attica has been an interesting, compelling restaurant for more than a decade, but in the past two years New Zealand-born chef and owner Ben Shewry has deepened his engagement with first Australians. Indigenous food and culture is now at the centre of the Attica experience, and it's even more thrilling to see this meaningful project rendered with such joy, integrity and – thank goodness – serious commitment to everything being delicious. A meal may begin with a smorgasbord of local fruits and herbs, a seated foraging that sets the tone for the 13 courses to come. Onward, perhaps, to emu liver parfait brushed with tart Davidson's plum jam, crocodile ribs to be picked up and gnawed with finger-licking informality, and a trio of tarts that acknowledges – in blood pudding, chicken soup jelly and native citrus – the various waves of people who have lived in this neighbourhood. Intuitive, intelligent service and inspired alcoholic and teetotalling drink matches are delivered with a delighted glee that is so much part of this singular restaurant's appeal.
(03) 9530 0111
Bookings essential
  • Licensed
  • Vegetarian-friendly
  • Impressive wine list
Accepted card types:
  • American Express
  • Eftpos
  • MasterCard
  • Visa
Ben Shewry
This review was made independently for the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide. The guide's reviewers visit unannounced and pay their way.