Melbourne is one of the top culinary hotspots in the world, with a lot of international flavour, so to speak, due to the vast multiculturism that the city is proud of. The best fine dining restaurants in Melbourne strive to offer the best service, the best food and beverages, and the best décor and ambiance. They want your patronage again and will do the best they can to make your visit pleasant and memorable. Listed below are three such places you could go to after a successful day at the Spring Racing Carnival.
Brought to you by Kiwi chef-owner Ben Shewry, Attica is often on lists of the World’s Best Restaurants. This exceptional space is Three Chef Hatted and it is easy to see why. Ben and his team create unique a menu using interesting ingredients and he takes note of the traditional custodians of the land he now operates in and incorporates all sorts of their culturally indigenous ingredients into his dishes. Reko and Ben’s Picnic Caviar, for example, is green ants served with sour cream on pancakes. The venue also has a very extensive wine list with some of the best wines from around the world available.
The atmosphere is known to be low-key, staying with a more relaxed vibe that helps the patrons have a relaxed and enjoyable dining experience. The team always makes sure that every meal you order will be cooked and presented to perfection. The restaurant is located on Glen Eira Road in the south-eastern suburb of Ripponlea and is easy to get to viable multiple methods of transport. They do not have onsite parking but surrounding streets have free parking available. Alternatively, you could take an Uber or taxi if you wish to investigate the wine menu at length or you could always treat yourself to a stylish limousine if you’ve had a big win. Be sure to book this venue in advance as it is quite popular. Booking details are on the Attica website.
Gimlet at Cavendish House is another high-class gourmet restaurant in Melbourne owned by world-famous chef, author, and restaurateur Andrew McConnell. Gimlet is his newest restaurant and received the Gourmet Traveller 2022 Best New Restaurant award. Located at the heart of Melbourne’s CBD on Russell Street, the Landmark 1920s-era Cavendish House has been renovated to give the charm and feel of an early 20th-century dining experience from places like Chicago and Paris. The interior is beautifully designed with retro-style checked floors, leather booths, high ceilings, and low-hanging lights, which give off a soft and warm ambiance. This is certainly a place where you would want to celebrate a Makybe Diva Stakes 2022 win with friends and family. The building is two-tiered with the main cocktail bar on the ground floor and the immense dining room on the second floor overlooking the city streets.
The menu is second to none at Gimlet. It has a combination of classic European traditions mixed with uniquely Australian touches. The wood-fired oven is an example of this, with everything from oysters to premium chicken to lobsters to premium cuts of beef all fired up in the oven. The seafood is outstanding, with the fish being caught using sustainable methods. The drinks menu is also extensive. Gimlet serves everything from cocktails to wines, international beers, and ciders. Reservations are required as this venue is one of the most sought-after in Melbourne.
3. Grossi Florentino
This iconic restaurant dates back to 1928 and has been consistently one of the most popular restaurants in Melbourne. It has a combination of classic Italian and contemporary Australian styles, which shows both in the menu and indoor décor of the restaurant. Respected chef Guy Rossi took over the reins in 1999 and still helms it to this day. Grossi Florentino consists of three areas: The Cellar Bar, Grill, and the main Florentino restaurant. The wine list is predominantly a mixture of Italian, Australian, and French wines, while they also serve a wide range of other alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, and, of course, premium Italian coffee. It is located on Bourke Street in Melbourne’s CBD.