Somehow, saying I'd be alone sounded inaccurately sad...:-)
Anyway, at home in California I tend to avoid New Year's Eve dining: too crowded and expensive for food produced for masses of revelers, even at most of the otherwise good spots. However, I will be in Melbourne for two nights, one of which is New Year's eve, and would like to find a place that feels celebratory but where the real focus is the food. I'd prefer contemporary Australian, pan-Asian, Vietnamese, or perhaps French (?) to Italian, which I can readily get at home. Seafood particularly welcome, though I will eat almost anything. I'd prefer a mid-range place given the weakness of the dollar, but it will be New Year's eve, after all....Have to admit that despite higher prices than I hoped for, the menu at Embrasse, reported on below, looked interesting, but it is closed over the holidays.
Will be staying in South Melbourne near the botanical garden, but on the tram line, and willing to venture anywhere that is reasonably accessible via public transportation.
Or should I give NYE a pass, have a special meal on the 30th, and just wing it on the 31st?
Suggestions for places for coffee and pastry or breakfast to start the New Year also welcome!