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“An Unique Dining Experience”
Review of Jacques Reymond Restaurant - CLOSED

Jacques Reymond Restaurant
Price range: $20 - $79
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Good for: Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations
Melbourne, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
492 reviews
409 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 305 helpful votes
“An Unique Dining Experience”
Reviewed February 8, 2012

Don't get me wrong. This is one of the finest dining experiences one can partake of in Australia. Certainly Jacques Reymond deserves 3 hats from the self appointed Fairfax Dining Judges.

BUT, from the moment one enters the beautiful rooms to the time you leave the polish and flair of the staff is overwhelming. And somewhat over acted. There was never any great connection with the serving staff who very much seemed to be talking by rote with little heart or soul put into 1. connecting with the diners or 2. explaining the details of what was on the plate they set down beside you - we assurred ourselves by the night's end that every set down was accompanied by three morsels of information - in many cases this information was not sufficiently fulsome to do the dish or the chef justice.

The dishes themselves, without exception, were creations of artisans. Beautifully cooked. Tastes that went together in a sensible French inspired way with noticeable touches of the orient, e.g. the Peking duck; Szechuan pepper and palm sugar on the skin of the John Dory, tamarind that accompanied the pig.

At one stage we asked for the serving of meals to be slowed so we could actually savour each course and so we could enjoy a conversation. The maitre d' was excellent but on many ocassions just plain supercilious. and unfortunately carried an air of arrogance. Certainly, we have experienced this approach from maitre d's in France but they generally lighten up over the course of the meal. Not acceptable in good dining establishments in Australia especially when the perosn is a fellow native.

The food itslf was, by any standards, dressed beautifully! There is a vegetarian degustation available but we wanted the full French experience and went for the 9 course degustation menu. After careful consideration we chose not to have the accompanying matched wines (good price at $95) because we prefered to drink Billecart-Salmon Brut ($168) and an Australian red (Wirra Wirra RSW 1997 $165) finishing with Mount Horrocks Cordon Cut Riesling 2009 ($65). For such a commanding restaurant the wine list although covering variety and included a good stock of French wine was by no means extensive.

The red was disappointing but passable and was well matched to the menu which was heaviliy meat oriented.

We paid an additional $26 per head to have a beautifully pungent trouffle shaved onto the veal dish - which came towards the end of the menu.

The dessert was magnificantly plated and put a cap on the previous courses although one might argue the level of sweetness was a tad on the powerful side. Taste was sensational across all the offerings - refer photo.

The petits fours did not arrive until after we had drained our coffee - a cardinal sin and the only let down by the wait staff who were otherwise most (overly) attentive.

We did not spot the great man himself during our stay which I think would have added an extra highlight to a really exquisite meal.

Without a doubt a truly international dining experience and one that Australia (and Melbourne) can be rightly proud!

This is not a cheap diner. For decent wines you would expect the whole degustation meal to cost around $250 per head. A la carte will be what we do next time.

  • Visited February 2012
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2 Thank Webster27
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  • English first
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English first
Melbourne, Australia
Level 5 Contributor
73 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Still the best restaurant in Oz”
Reviewed February 7, 2012

Other restaurant owners should have a good look at Jacques Reymond to see how its done. The attentive service, good cutlery and tableware and continual upgrading of the premises defines professionalism in an industry beset by fly by nighters and seat of the pants operators. On the other hand the observers will not be able to replicate the food. J.R walks the fine line between modern fussy and traditional fine cuisine with skill and precision. The food is complex, the combinations sometimes sound odd, but the tastes are piquant and exciting. Sure you pay the price, but I left Jacques Reymond realising that the real value for money is the whole experience of dining in a trult great restaurant

  • Visited February 2012
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1 Thank Gary40
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Melbourne, Australia
Level 5 Contributor
93 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“For that special occasion”
Reviewed January 25, 2012

From the moment you walk in the door until you leave, you are well looked after and the food is outstanding. Well deserved ranking and can't fault this place

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1 Thank Susan M
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Melbourne, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
111 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Supreme”
Reviewed January 20, 2012

There is no equal in Australia. The quality, service, imagination and innovation keeps us coming back. At least once in your life - make sure you have treated someone special to a Jaques Reymond dining experience!

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1 Thank Sharon W
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Shepparton, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
71 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“Brilliant!”
Reviewed January 14, 2012

Four of us had planned this night for several months and in no way were we disappointed. Exceptional service and food. Each course of the degustation an experience of sight, smell and taste. Something not to be missed.

  • Visited July 2011
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2 Thank Pedrovski
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