Will be going to Melbourne for 6 nights/ 7 days in late March/ early April.
I have a shortlist of restaurants below and would appreciate your comments. Would like a mix of fine and casual dining, breakfast/ brunch places with the emphasis on food first and ambience next. Mostly like Western fare and enjoy both traditional and creative food. Australian prices are very high and coupled with a strong AUD, some prices are prohibitive, so comments on best value appreciated, as are suggestions of places I have missed.
1. Vue De Monde (for lunch - most likely the $100 menu gourmand or $70 menu du jour - how do they compare?). Is there much point to trying Bistro Vue or Cafe Vue as well? Probably the latter for brunch?
2. Cumulus (for breakfast, lunch and/or dinner)
3. Cutler & Co. (for dinner alacarte or Sunday lunch at $70) - am I better off with the $150 tasting menu? Also, I understand Embrasse also does a Sunday lunch for $62 and Circa for $65. Any opinions on which Sunday lunch is better as I have only 1 Sunday there.
4. Cafe Di Stasio - preferably for lunch as prices are better value and there is a set lunch.
5. Movida or Movida Aqui - which is better? Also, better off alacarte or $75 tasting menu?
6. Jacques Reymond - lunch or dinner? This seems similar to Vue De Monde with more of an Asian influence.
7. Rockpool Bar & Grill - prob the bar for a burger
8. Attica - Tues night 5 course chef's table at $90 or mid week night 5 course for $110 - is the $20 saving worth the punt or some of the trial new dishes hit or miss?
9. Embrasse - either for Sunday lunch, $45 lunch or $90 tasting?
10. Verge - 5 course tasting at $95
11. Maze - lunch at $38 for 3 courses
That's all I've managed to come up with.
Your comments much appreciated as are any other suggestions.