A meal upstairs at Florentino is more than the sum of its parts. It's an experience that begins with the ceremony of the Champagne trolley and ends with a take-home bag of coffee beans and biscotti. It's the professionalism of the service, honed over a lifetime, and the opulent setting of 85-year-old murals and chandeliers. For the most part, the food is a heightened experience, too. A lusty jumble of cuttlefish and cannellini beans comes draped in curls of salty-sweet lardo. Maltagliati di pane with bug meat and capers gets an umami punch from colatura. For dessert, a shiny sphere cracks to reveal peach foam, roast peach and prosecco jelly. And while the restaurant will leave your wallet lighter, downstairs you can dine on Tuscan-style steaks and pasta in the Grill, or slip in for coffee, wine and cocktails in the Cellar Bar, where the same sense of Italian hospitality prevails.
(03) 9662 1811
- Private room
- Impressive Wine List
Accepted card types:
- American Express
- Diners Club
Guy Grossi, Chris Rodriguez & Matteo Toffano
This review was made independently for the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide. The guide's reviewers visit unannounced and pay their way.