The staff at VdM told me that they strive to be unique and that is certainly achieved. The private lift and reception desk in the lobby are nice touches. Once up there, the bar is truly amazing but we did not get a chance to stay there - straight to the table and away we go. We ordered the a la carte, $150 per head for four courses with one of them being cheese. All the food was very very good, small portions but that is what you would expect. The "extras" between courses made for an even better experience, though not everything will appeal to those who are not strongly into meat. The wine list is in itself a work of art, but if I had a criticism it would simply be that it is so comprehensive that it actually makes for a difficult, even mildly stressful, selection process. "Morning After" breakfast bags really topped off an amazing experience. Like many of these types of restaurants (my mind goes back to the now closed Le Restaurant at the Sofitel Melbourne), the experience is the main thing, the feeling of being in very exclusive surroundings, and the food is probably not the highlight in some ways. If you have $500 to spend on a dinner for 2 mid week, this is a place you have to go at least once - bucket list material!
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