Restaurant Reviews

Vue de Monde: Restaurant review

Vue de Monde

Address

Level 55, Rialto
525 Collins St
Melbourne, VIC

Hours

Lunch Thu-Sun noon-1pm
Dinner daily 6pm-8.45pm

Prices

Dégustations $230-$275

REVIEW

Vue de Monde impresses not just with the views that come with its lofty 55th-floor perch, its dark, sultry interiors, gorgeous cutlery and glassware, hefty (and heftily priced) wine list and crack service from a young team, but for holding its position in Melbourne's premier restaurant league for so long. Staying at this level takes some doing but there's no flagging energy here as executive chef Justin James strikes a balance between the fresh and the familiar. Crushing liquid nitrogen-frozen petals and sorrel leaves in a mortar and pestle or barbecuing a marron snag over charcoal at the table are part of the Vue experience - playful, interactive - while other dishes like a gorgeous broth with turnips and emu "jerky", celeriac teamed with truffles and smoked eel or barramundi skin, cheek and throat laid artistically over a whole fish skeleton, bring serious, skilful cooking and flavour to the table. It's a grand performance, turbo-charged by the view. And the longevity.

Phone:
(03) 9691 3888

Bookings:
Bookings essential

Features:

  • Licensed
  • Bar
  • Vegetarian-friendly
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Private room
  • Impressive Wine List

Accepted card types:

  • American Express
  • Diners Club
  • Eftpos
  • MasterCard
  • Visa

Chef(s):
Shannon Bennett & Justin James

This review was made independently for the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide. The guide's reviewers visit unannounced and pay their way.