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“Unique”
Review of Vue de Monde

Vue de Monde
Ranked #67 of 4,425 Restaurants in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $113 - $189
Cuisines: French, Australian, Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Delivery, Reservations
Neighborhood: Central Business District
Reviewed August 13, 2014

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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Reviewed August 13, 2014

This was my second time at Vue de Monde and it didn't disappoint! From the moment you arrive you are given the royal treatment. Eating at this restaurant is like going to the theatre or an art gallery, the food is absolutely amazing as is the whole journey of how it is prepared and presented. If your a foodie then this is a must to put on your list, I'm certain that you will not be disappointed! Thanks to everyone at Vue de Monde you certainly have something very special happening there. Looking forward to returning to Melbourne next year and visiting yet again!

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1  Thank Tammy H
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Reviewed August 12, 2014

This was the most amazing meal that I had with my family on Friday 1 August 2014.

The meal was fantastic and each course was exciting, building tension throughout the night, wondering just what was coming next. The staff were outstanding, one even getting information for one of us from the net, as he is about to go to France and the waiter who was French was able to get some information that was invaluable. He didn't have to do that.

The atmosphere, interior design, city lights, meal - all a once in a lifetime experience, thank you to all.

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Thank chrissy4244
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Reviewed August 11, 2014

We had tried to get into this restaurant on a couple of visits to Melbourne and succeeded this time. The wait was well worth while. The food is stunning, but first to the environment, from the moment you arrive the staff are welcoming, although one or two of the male wait staff were a bit stuffy. The view is the first thing to blow you away, with Melbourne on display wherever you sit. The decor is dark and interesting with the use of wallaby and neon. Now the food.....wow wow wow We had the degustation menu which show cased the kitchen and the innovative food. Each dish is presented to you and explained, some of it you take part in as with the cucumber sorbet.
At the end of the evening we were presented with a breakfast bag to take home and enjoy. Vue de Monde is not just a restaurant, it is an experience, yes it is in the upper price range, but it is worth it.

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Thank davcol_1
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Reviewed August 10, 2014

This dinner was something we had looked forward to for months and it did not disappoint! From the greeting at the ground floor desk, the exclusive lift ride to the 55th floor of the Rialto, walking through the wine cellar and arriving at our table and seeing the amazing view to the city, everything was a delight and absolutely exceeded our expectations. We were there to celebrate our daughter's 18th birthday, so went for the degustation menu sitting at the chef's table with views into the kitchen. What a spectacle! No rushing, yelling or swearing. Just quiet, methodical, precise work from everyone involved, working superbly as a team. Every dish brought to our table was a wonder to be exclaimed over. Each course was a performance, not just by the food and the waiting staff, but also the surroundings and the implements. Each chef delivered their creation to the table and described in detail what was being delivered. Seared kangaroo with onion five ways was an absolute treat, with beautifully tender meat being seared on charcoal as it was brought to the table. Barramundi with potato, chicken and caviar or "fish and chips" as the waiter called it, was absolutely exquisite and probably the best piece of fish we've ever eaten. Having seen Masterchef just the week before when they filmed at Vue de Monde, we were eagerly awaiting the tonka bean souffle with smoked chocolate ice cream. Let's just say that there was complete silence at our table for about 5 minutes as we all savoured this decadence. There was a bag of breakfast items for us to enjoy next morning as we left, what a lovely touch. Do yourself a favour. Book in for a once in a lifetime experience. You won't forget it!

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Thank Julie S
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