Top 10 Restaurants of Australia

Number 5 - Vue de Monde

Cuisine: Modern French/Contemporary
Location: Melbourne, VIC

Number 5 in our list of the top ten restaurants of Australia is Shannon Bennett's Vue de Monde. The name literally translates to 'view of the world' and represent's Bennett's imaginative and ambitious view of the world through food and wine. In 2007 it achieved a plethora of top honours, taking out the Restaurant and Catering Australia's Restaurant of the Year and Best Fine Dining award, Gourmet Traveller's Restaurant of the Year, The Age Good Food Guide's Restaurant of the Year and a number 71 ranking in Restaurant Magazine UK's Top 100 list. It has since dropped out of the World Top 100 list but still maintains 3 Good Food Guide chef's hats and 3 Gourmet Traveller stars.

Vue de Monde attempts to create a dinning experience that cannot be replicated at home. The menu is ultimately based on French style cuisine but with creative, playful and unique interpretations. Touches of imaginative décor add to the sense of an alice in wonderland dining experience. The service is meticulous and an extensive international and local wine list serves some great matches.

Shannon Bennett explains Vue de Monde:

A video review of Vue de Monde:

Sample Dégustation Menu*

  • Amuse Bouche
    White truffle marshmallow & Blue fin tuna & Vegetable terrine
  • Babeurre, Pommes, Fenouil, Fleurs
    Buttermilk, apple, fennel, flowers
  • Anguille Fumée, Pomme, Chocolat Blanc
    Smoked eel, apple, white chocolate
  • Oeuf de Canard, Agneau Ris de Veau, Asperges, Truffe
    Fried duck egg, lamb sweetbreads, asparagus, truffle
  • Jardin de Légumes
    Heide vegetable garden
  • Sorbet au Celeri
    Celery sorbet, elderflower granite, frozen lime
  • Écrevisse Rôtie
    Roasted marron, radish, spanner crab
  • Kangourou
    Kangaroo, rosella, coffee, chocolate, lightly smoked at the table
  • Bœuf de Blackmore et Bettrave
    Blackmore wagyu, beef cheek, beetroot
  • Fromage
    Kytren Rondelle, pumpkin, rye bread
  • Entremet Sucré
    Frozen lolly, popping candy, homemade lemonade
  • 'Pommelo' et Litchi
    Pommelo, lychee, rose
  • Mangue, Ananas, Soufflé à la Noix de Coco
    Mango, pineapple, coconut soufflé
  • Notre Sélection de Cafés, Thés, Infusions et Petits-Fours
    A selection of coffee, teas, infusions and petits-fours

*Please note the provided menu and prices are only an example and may change at anytime, please refer to the restaurant's website for up to date information