Melbourne is a city that’s packed full of amazing cheap eats and gourmet pub grub. You can enjoy a delicious hodgepodge of blue swimmer crab, chat potatoes and corn at Miss Katie’s Crab Shack, a tasty chickpea bake at Moroccan Soup Bar, or indulge in a mouthwatering burger with double bacon and hot sauce mayo at The Grosvenor.
But you didn’t fly into Melbourne with ExecuJet for any of that. You flew to Melbourne to enjoy the very best of Melbourne’s fine dining scene, right?
Let us point you in the right direction. These six restaurants are our selection as the best Melbourne has to offer.
74 Glen Eira Road, Ripponlea
While Attica’s exterior may not scream out opulence (it’s simple bare brick construction is squeezed within a row of Ripponlea shops) its menu certainly does. New Zealand-born chef Ben Shewry is behind the magic, serving up an experience that’s nothing short of exquisite. Be sure to set aside an entire evening to fully enjoy it.
Attica has an Antipodean undercurrent that makes it a must when dining in Australia. Ben favours native ingredients you’ve likely never heard of, and flavours are engaging, playful, and well balanced. Multi award-winning, Attica also houses an outstanding collection of wines to perfectly compliment its extended tasting menu.
8 Whiteman Street, Southbank
Heston Blumenthal is a name any foodie will be familiar with. Dedicated to the modern day discovery and evolution of dining yet fascinated by the theatre of historic gastronomy, Heston’s ‘Dinner’ is a natural choice of typically British and quirky linguistic playfulness. Imagine dark wood, brown leather, coloured velvets and burnished copper sat alongside state-of-the-art kitchen technology and the slowly turning cogs of the pulley-operated spit roast. The recipient of Two Good Food Guide Hats, Dinner by Heston is one of the hottest restaurants in Victoria, if not the world.
245 High St, Northcote
Another must for those wanting to taste the best of Australian native fare is Estelle by Scott Pickett. A luxe room of bronze-gold and black, it’s a destination venue where the fit out, menu, and service have all been designed to create the ultimate, indulgent experience. Enjoy a seven course tasting menu that includes dishes such as Wagyu, radish, and bone marrow alongside smoked wallaby, kangaroo, and macadamia. Wines are perfectly matched to complete the experience.
Estelle by Scott Pickett is the obvious sibling to Estelle Bistro, situated next door, where diners are treated to something truly special. A dream kitchen means imagination is the only limit for Scott and it’s fast becoming one of Melbourne’s best-loved restaurants.
17 Market Lane, Melbourne
Flower Drum is a place of refinement and delicacy, inspired by a Chinese dance of beauty and elegance. Combining fine dining food with wonderful wine and impeccable service, Flower Drum is a unique dining experience that rivals its Australian and European neighbours.
Gilbert Lau heads the kitchen where dishes such as turnip in sweet soy are served with drunken squab, roast suckling pig, mud crab bao, and Glacier 51 Patagonian toothfish. Browse the a la carte or banquet menu and it’s guaranteed your mouth will be watering before your friendly waiter reaches your table. Flower Drum is a Melbourne favourite and one visit will tell you why.
72 Flinders St, Melbourne
If you’re not sure what fine dining Greek-style looks like, head to George Calombaris’ gold-plated Press Club. Cream leather booths and high-shine embellishments create a luxurious atmosphere and the intimate 38 seats are favoured by Greek shipping magnates. Manned by slick staff, you can expect impeccable service to go with your minimum four dishes at night. Enjoy John Dory with a delicious and intense shiitake ketchup, and zesty octopus and sokolata with halva and goats curd. Finish off your meal by unpegging petit fours from a fun-sized Hills hoist.
4285 Cape Otway Rd, Birregurra
As innovative as it is delicious, Brae is well worth the 1.5 hour trip from Melbourne CBD. Now offering six luxury guest suites for diners, the experience is more than just great food. Brae’s guest suites feature artisanal, handcrafted finishes along with a king bed, temperature controlled wine fridge, underfloor heating, and a picturesque view of the rolling hills of The Otways.
As for dining, the highest quality ingredients are selected each day from Brae’s onsite organic fruit and vegetable garden, local farms and ethical, sustainable producers to create a daily set menu. Ingredients are given the greatest respect and diners are reminded that simple food can sometimes be the best.
Arriving in Melbourne in style with ExecuJet means you should eat in style too. These six restaurants are a fantastic way to start your gourmet Melbourne adventure, but why not check out Shannon Bennett’s Vue de Monde, Koichi Minamishima’s Tatami Room, or Shaun Quade’s theatrical and lively Lume? No matter which one you choose, these dining experiences will have you smiling and satisfied in Melbourne.