Just as the room at Cutler & Co. - a dark, sexy mix of luxe
and rustic, from worn brick walls to softest grey leather
banquettes - feels as fresh and exciting as ever, so does Andrew
McConnell's subtle and joyful menu.
Shannon Bennett's flagship is a perfect example of dining as
theatre. There's the view, of course - a million lights surrounding
the dark-hued dining room, with its neon sculptures and kangaroo
For 21 years, this grand 19th-century mansion has been a beacon
of élite dining in Melbourne.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Jacques Reymond closed in 2014.
If any Melbourne restaurant warrants the label "institution"
it's Flower Drum. It deserves accolades for longevity alone (it's
now in its fourth decade), but what's more remarkable about this
Cantonese classic is the unwavering maintenance of quality and
attention to detail.
Rockpool is a steady culinary ship. The food is reliably
excellent, the service is always polished, the wine list includes
the good and the grand, and the masculine dining room makes any
meal an occasion.
The opening of Bar Di Stasio next door to its 25-year-old big
brother Café Di Stasio has created a painful dilemma: to stay in
the elegantly austere bar or to slip through into the carpeted
dining room with its linen-draped tables.
A renovation in early 2013 saw Melbourne's grandest Italian
restaurant emerge not just looking the goods with a new private
room, bar and bathrooms but with the entire package displaying
newfound spring and swagger.