Vue de monde has been synonymous with Melbourne dining for almost 20 years, continuing to present beautiful food that not only appeals to a sense of luxury, but honesty, integrity and an inherent natural flavour. It’s expensive, spectacular and the mod-Oz crowning glory of chef Shannon Bennett’s predominantly French empire, but above all, it’s a pain in the arse to get into.
While in the past the menu looked to Europe for inspiration, Executive Chef, Hugh Allen, continues to celebrate the unparalleled quality of home-grown produce with thoughtfully considered dishes committed to seasonality and locality.
The lunch was a simple 3-course samplers from their repertoire.
Crab, cauliflower, macadamia, butter onion
We started with something that resembled a soup course. And then you realised it’s not that simple. It’s like a porridge made with cauliflower mash with lots of butter and topped with crab meat and shaved butter as thin as onion (butter onion). And to finish off, macadamia oil. Delicious, you would not miss your soup.
Wagyu beef, parsnip, manthari
Blackmore M9 wagyu beef was sous vide and then served alongside the smoothest and creamiest mash parsnip I have tasted. A sauce made up of smoked marrow and cranberries formed the base of half a sliver of wagyu beef. With a marble score of 9, it is expected that this slice of beef would melt in the mouth and of course it did.
I have tried my hand at sous vide and could never get the beef to be this tender yet with the consistency of a steak. Well, that’s why you need proper training.
Milk and citrus
A very deliberate dessert, artistically plated and beautifully balanced between the tartness of the citrus in the form of lemon sorbet and sweetness of the dairy milk granita and ice cream.
Vue Events is perched 55 levels above the city and shares the same stunning design and sweeping panoramic views attributed to Vue de monde’s revered status.
A combination of sophistication and scale, Level 55 caters to all events from intimate birthday celebrations to opulent weddings. Vue de monde is a testament to the belief that dining can be a wondrous and unforgettable experience. The ever-changing Chef’s Menu pays homage to classical fine dining in a modern context by exploring the beauty of native Australian ingredients.
There’s a strict dress code, make sure you come smart casual, but everyone dressed for the occasion. So if you do not want to feel underdressed yet ready for the late night entertainment the rest of the waterfront brings, come with nice dinner jacket and designer jeans with your Tod’s.
Vue Event / Vue de Monde
5/525 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Tel : +61 3 9691 3888
Date Visited : Sep 2016