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Vue de Monde, Melbourne

February 1 2012 at 1:14 PM

AndrewD  (Login AndrewDaley)
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Vue de monde is one of the most well known occasion restaurants in Melbourne. Chef and owner, Shannon Bennet started the original restaurant in an unassuming corner building in Carlton in 2000 and quickly made a name for himself amongst local foodies, with the use of premium ingredients and immaculate traditional execution.

In 2005 the restaurant expanded in a new space at the historic Normandy Chambers in the Melbourne CBD. The food became more tricksy and a little more hit and miss to my palate, but there were still some inspirational dishes including a trout, subtly smoked at the table, that I recall very fondly.

In June 2011 the restaurant again moved, this time to the top (55th) floor of the Rialto Building with commanding views over the entire city and Port Phillip Bay. The multi-million dollar fit-out emphasised Australias history, with kangaroo covered tables and chairs and an outback dunny (no photos, sorry!).

The menu is now heavily focused on local produce, which is to be applauded. Again there were some hits and misses, but overall it was a special dining experience, with some theatrical moments that live in the memory, and a great selection of wines from their deep cellar.

We had the complete Gastronomes Menu, of course, so lets go through some of the dishes ...

Street level entrance ...

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Pre-dinner drinks and the view from the Lui Bar (236m above sea level) ...


 

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The main dining room ...


 

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Parsnip chips to nibble ...


 

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Clear aspic Ravioli with oyster mousse


 

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Pickled vegetables and nuts


 

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Smoked eel with crispy glaze and caviar


 

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Venison carpaccio


 

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Butter!


 

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Spanner crab with avocado, lime and caviar


 

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A selection of wines to accompany each course ...


 

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Marron, beef tongue, brown butter emulsion


 

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Eggs which were actually a duck egg yolk surrounded by a parsnip puree white with pickled and fried onion on toast. Deconstructed breakfast?


 

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Christoffle Jardin dEden cutlery by Dutch designer Marcel Wanders ...


 

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Cucumber sorbet with crushed herbs ...


 

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Seafood. Snapper under there somewhere! ...


 

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Shannon Bennet overseeing the show kitchen. No naked flames.


 

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Wagyu beef


 

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The Trumpeter ginger beer palate cleanser


 

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Time for dessert ...


 

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Assorted cheeses ...


 

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Chocolate souffle with crème anglaise


 

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And more ...


 

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Tea timer. Vue de monde has a tea sommelier to help you choose.


 

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Andrew



    
This message has been edited by MelvynTeillolFoo on Feb 1, 2012 8:15 PM


 
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MTF
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I'm so jealous, I could scream!

February 1 2012, 8:17 PM 

Thanks Andrew for the vicarious share of gastronomic delight.

I've never been to Melbourne.  Tried Brisbane and Sydney but not the 'big smoke on the river'.  happy.gif

 

Regards,

MTF



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AndrewD
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At the risk of inflaming cross-border tensions ...

February 2 2012, 1:10 PM 

... you really need to get down to Melbourne. While I have had some great meals in Sydney (I lived there for 11 years), Melbourne has a wonderful range of cuisines and access to some fantastic local produce. My overall impression is that the general standard of food across the board is higher in the southern state. So you would be very welcome here, and Vue de Monde should be on your list. Perhaps a quick stopover in Sydney for Tetsuya's or Aria (or both) then on to Melbourne. wink.gif

Andrew

 
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SALMAN
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Fantastic Post!!

February 15 2012, 11:45 AM 

What a Delight and very creative, thank you for taking us along.

S

 
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ThomasM
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oh my, oh my!!!

March 11 2012, 6:18 PM 

My dear Andrew! me,thinks a return tripto Oz is in order! OMG! I was so tempted to just jump into that butter! and Dom red label!?! Duck egg sunny side up???


drooling...

"The secret to success in life
is to keep believing in the possible,
but to focus your energies on the probable."

 
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AndrewD
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The Andy Warhol Dom Perignon ...

March 21 2012, 9:04 PM 

Hi Thomas,

You would definitely enjoy Vue de Monde and would be very welcome.

Pleased you noticed the red label Dom. The Design Laboratory at the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London were commissioned to reinterpret the famous bottle and pay homage to Andy Warhol's iconic use of colour. I believe there were yellow, red and blue labels produced. The 2002 vintage was apparently quite warm and the grapes more ripe than usual, and it was a big florally champagne, almost in the Bollinger style, which suited me just fine.

2002 was the birth year of my son, and I have a few bottles of Dom put down to celebrate over the next 20 or 30 years. happy.gif But it was great to try it 'young'.

Warm regards,

Andrew

 
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