Melbourne is synonymous with both cutting edge dining and world class bars, it seems around every corner and hidden down every laneway a new restaurant opens weekly and your biggest decision is deciding where to eat.
There is literally everything on offer from Spanish tapas, to American meatballs or Chinese dumplings in Chinatown. Head up to one of the Rooftop bars to see the city from above, or seek out one of the hidden restaurants down the ambling laneways and feel as though you have stumbled across a hidden gem.
Melbourne has its finger on the pulse when it comes to all things culinary. Dining and drinking really are the star attraction of any visit to Melbourne.
While the sheer volume of incredible bars and restaurants make it hard to pick, anyone with limited time in Melbourne should read the below list of top eight amazing restaurants in Melbourne.
Nobu at Crown
The world’s most recognized Japanese restaurant, known for its innovative “New Style” Japanese cuisine launched its Australian location in 2007. Overlooking the banks of the Yarra River, Nobu Melbourne offers a stunning view inside and out.
Sitting opposite the Victorian grandeur of Parliament House, The European has gained iconic status amongst Melbournians and visitors alike. Reminiscent of old world Europe, The European mines the traditions of rural France, Italy and Spain. Serving honest, simple food and sourcing only the best produce from Australia and Europe. A must visit institution.
Owned by three Kiwis, the Town Mouse is one of Melbournes newest and hottest restaurants. The menu is only one of the many highlights of a meal here and dramatically lit, the dining room designed by Allistar Cox, is one of the most alluring in Melbourne. Make sure to book a table as to not miss out.
Opened in 2008 in Melbourne’s famous art and fashion precinct, Flinders Lane, Cumulus Inc. celebrates the historic turn of the century rag trade building in which it is located, the space is a busy social hub offering Andrew McConnell’s acclaimed food.
Vue de Monde
Located on level 55 of Melbourne’s iconic Rialto building, it is a testament to the belief that restaurant dining can be a wondrous, unforgettable experience and pays homage to classical fine dining in a sophisticated, modern context.
A little bar nestled in a graffiti covered cobbled lane near the cathedral, serving Spanish tapas and shared plates in a down lit room playing funky tunes. It’s the kind of place you go in for a beer and end up staying all night at.
Headed by Ben Shewry, who believes that food can have a deeper meaning than just another item to consume, it can be evocative, emotional, thought provoking and appealing to all the senses. It is this belief that makes Attica a constant on any list of top restaurants in not just Melbourne, but around the world.
Cutler & Co
Located in an old metal works factory, a recent refurbishment brings an open plan kitchen to the front of the restaurant, creating a dynamic focal point. The substantial lounge area now allows for ring-side dining, light bites and drinks with the extablished Cutler & Co. experience being retained within the restaurant. The perfect balance between elegance and simplicity.