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Vue de Monde

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Australian chef, Shannon Bennet’s three chef hat restaurant situated on the 55th floor of the Rialto building offers an amazing dining experience looking over the Melbourne city landscape. With an Australiana theme and some French influence, Vue de Monde offers an A la Carte or Degustation menu worth going for. This restaurant was booked in advanced for Jimmy’s 21st birthday and we had such a great night that we decided to post up a few extra pictures for you! Now we didn’t upload every picture we had taken that night just to preserve the experience for those going for the first time, as it makes it much more memorable. This was our experience at Vue de Monde:

Table view

APPETISERS:

Potato CrispsWallabyEmu JerkyTruffle MarshmellowsSmoked EelENTREE:

EntreePORK
Greenvale farm Pork, marron, wild herb cream
Jessica: The detail on the presentation is just amazing, look at the way that radish is curled!! The pork and marron tasted as good as they looked. Pork was soo tender, it melted in my mouth. Flavours of the pork and marron together were just meant to be, flavours weren’t overpowering – making it the perfect entree. 9/10

Jimmy: If you can’t decide what to get for your entree, this is a must. It’s like magic on the plate, visually beautiful and amazing on the taste buds. Perfectly portioned for an entree personally, with something that gets you excited for the next dish. First off the marron was cooked so beautifully that I could of had more. Pork melts in your mouth and the combination with the wild herb cream gave it a little more punch. I rate this entree highly. 9/10

entreeDUCK

Duck, apple, pine mushrooms, Gascony butter
Jessica: Again, just amazing presentation. Duck was cooked well and surprisingly the apple paired nicely with the duck. The mushrooms were okay, they had some subtle flavours but they weren’t anything amazing. However, the Gascony butter definitely brought the dish together. The saltiness balanced out the sweetness from the duck and apple. 7/10

entreeKANGAROO

Kangaroo, charcoal, onion
Jimmy: This was my second entree, and take nothing away from the amazing gastronomic experience you receive from the get go, this was a simple enough dish that was unique in many aspects. My first time eating kangaroo, I’ve heard in many cases that kangaroo meat can be tough, but in this case the kangaroo slices were cooked on some sort of heated piece of log, just seared on the one side that gave the meat a textual contrast. Onions were nice and soft, the onion cream eaten with the meat gives you a little extra kick.  6.5/10

Palate Cleanser:

Cucumber Sorbet with microherbs

MAIN:

MAINjessica
Smoked eggplant, onions, thyme
Jessica: Oh my god, this dish was amazing. It arrived to me with a glass cloche over it, it looked very foggy inside. When the cloche was lifted, it revealed a trail of smoke coming from a piece of burning bark. It definitely added a sense of smokiness before I even started eating the eggplant! Now the eggplant itself was amazing, it was soft and salty, the beetroot and onion complimented the eggplant so well. While eating this, I couldn’t get over how amazing it was. I honestly never thought that one of my favourite dishes of all time would be an eggplant dish. 10/10

MAINjimmy

Mark’s catch, leek, black cabbage, oyster, tarragon
Jimmy: If I can recall, this meal was the kingfish, and just by looking at it, it may seem like it’s just a piece of fish with some greens. The leek and oysters gives this dish something special. The fish was cooked for the Gods! Perfectly cooked and it was a really nice piece of fish. If you like a beautifully cooked fish then don’t hesitate to order this. 7.5/10

DESSERT:

DESSERTjessica
Chocolate Souffle
Jessica: The texture was light and fluffy, and unlike the one Jimmy had at Guillaume at Bennalong, this one actually had a good amount of chocolate flavour! Actually, the flavour of chocolate seemed to grow the more you ate it. It was an above average chocolate souffle, but nothing amazing. It didn’t disappoint, but it didn’t blow my mind either. 7/10

DESSERTjimmy

Passionfruit, white chocolate
Jimmy: When you look at the menu and you see “Passionfruit, white chocolate” you probably wouldn’t imagine a dessert looking like this. I felt like I was in a science lab when the waitress brought this out and I was actually taking my time looking at each element on the dish. How do you even start digging into it and what do you use to eat it. Well i ended up eating everything with my hands which I don’t usually like doing, but this was an exception. This was a really fun dessert and if your after something different, you’ve got to try this. You can’t go wrong with passionfruit..or chocolate. 8/10

PETIT FOURS:

Petit Fours (Pennys)Petit Fours (shells)Petit Fours (Gumballs)Petit Fours (Lamington)

Final Thoughts
Jessica: All I can say is that this is by far the best fine dining restaurant I have been to. It’s hard to describe my experience, as I can’t seem to find the words to describe it! I had my clutch on the table, then a couple of minutes later a waiter brought me a stool so that my personal belongings had a seat too! The service is amazing from the moment you are greeted on ground floor. Once we reached the higher levels, the lift opened and there was someone waiting there to guide us to our table. When we reached our seats the table had some random pebbles on it.. as the night progressed we slowly found out what each pebble was for. I don’t want to reveal too much about this experience.. it is unique and I don’t think another restaurant can ever replicate this. It is something where you just have to experience it to understand where I am coming from. I guarantee you will not be disappointed, this is a restaurant that NEEDS to be on your bucket list!!!!!! Ps. book in advance!

SERVICE: 10/10
ATMOSPHERE: 9/10
PRESENTATION: 9/10

Jimmy: Me personally, I had very high expectations for this restaurant considering the price and great reviews that I have read about. There aren’t many restaurants that I can really say impressed me from the start, middle and end, however Vue de Monde is truly a wonderful experience. Their fine attention to detail in their presentation, food and even their decor and furniture offer the diner a memorable evening. Our experience at Vue de Monde was second to none. The dishes were fun and enjoyable and the service was at the most professional and skilled. This place is up there with the best places I have eaten at so far and will most likely stay there for some time. A unique and fun experience that truly offers so much more than expected.

SERVICE: 9/10
ATMOSPHERE: 8.5/10
PRESENTATION: 9/10


Open Kitchen

Level 55, Rialto
525 Collins Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
T: +61 3 9691 3888
E: vuedemonde@vuedemonde.com.au

Lunch:
Tuesday to Friday and Sunday
Reservations from midday to 2pm

Dinner:
Monday to Saturday
Reservations from 6pm to 9pm
Reservations are essential

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Rosetta

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Rosetta is Neil Perry’s third Crown restaurant. As it is Perry’s first stand alone Italian restaurant, the many visitors of Crown in Melbourne are fortunate to have Rosetta in such close proximity. With a beautiful location off Crown Towers in Southbank, amazing decor that takes you back in time with the sophisticated backdrop of chandeliers, framed black and white photographs of Italian celebrities that in Rosetta’s design gives you a little taste of Italy. The food boasts a wide variety that celebrates the many regions of Italy with an impressive wine list to match. This was our experience:

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ENTREE:

squid
Calamari – Fried Squid and Zucchini: $32
Jessica: As you can see, this is a fairly large portion for an entree! I was expecting to get 3/4 of this plate max. The fried squid was cooked well, however I do wish they were a bit crunchier. The zucchini was cooked perfectly, crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. The herbs added a light flavour, nothing too overpowering. To be honest, this large portion was starting to fill up my tummy! 7/10

seafood

Grigliata Mista di Mare – Charcoal grilled prawns, calamari, baby octopus, and mussels with extra virgin olive oil and lemon :$45
Jimmy: When this meal came out, it looked amazing. The portions seemed very generous and the first thing I thought was shit, this could get messy, as the prawns seemed to still be in their shell. So I started with the calamari and the flavour you get from the first bite really packs a punch. Really tasty and everything was so well cooked. Thankfully i could get through everything without having to use my fingers. The extra virgin olive oil and lemon gave the seafood something different from the charcoal grill and I’m happy that they had enough of the dressing as I feel the dish could’ve lost something as I ate more. 7/10

MAIN:

pasta
Spaghetti – with zucchini, chilli and prosciutto :$32
Jessica: My favourite dish of the night! I wish I took a photo of the pasta before the waiter put parmesan cheese on it! Of course, I requested for a lot of cheese. The spaghetti was cooked so well, everything in this dish was cooked perfectly! I’m usually not a massive fan of chilli, but this added another element to the dish and took it to a whole new level. As you can see from the picture, the spaghetti was drenched in quite a lot of olive oil.. the dish was delicious but it would’ve been perfect without. It’s hard to believe that I would say this but I prefer this pasta over my beloved bosciaola or carbonara sauce pastas! The problem with those heavier pasta sauces is that you can get sick of it easily, but this didn’t give that feeling at all. 8.5/10

duck

Anarta – Wood fire roasted duck, mattone style with saffron roasted apricots, pinenuts and raisins :$45
Jimmy:  There’s something about apricots that doesn’t really appeal to me, so whilst ordering this dish I was kinda hoping that it would give me something to convince me. To be honest, that duck was cooked so nicely, with the apricot and the pine nuts and raisins, this was an enjoyable meal. I really enjoyed the raisins with the duck and I wished there was a little more. Though nothing too special with this meal, the duck was really well cooked though I felt something was missing. 6.5/10

DESSERT:

ice cream
Torrone al Cioccolato – Frozen chocolate, peanut and coconut semi freddo :$21
Jessica: The frozen chocolate was quite nice, I feel like you could taste the chocolate more as you continued to eat it. There was a dark chocolate base under the frozen chocolate which added a nice bitter flavour to the sweetness of the entire dish. The semi freddo was a nice consistency, you could really taste the peanut flavour in it, not so much the coconut though! 6.5/10

panacotta

Panna Cotta – with rhubarb and strawberry compote :$21
Jimmy: This was the dish that really made my day. Panna Cotta! Let me tell you this vanilla panna cotta was by far the best one I’ve had so far. On it’s own the consistency was silky smooth and soft as a feather. The rhubarb and strawberry compote provided such a lift to the dessert, that I wish I had a second round. I have had a few panna cotta’s at Melbourne and this is the standout. 8/10

interior

Final Thoughts

Jessica: I had booked this restaurant to celebrate Jimmy’s 21st, and honestly this restaurant couldn’t have been more perfect. The service was great, staff were professional and friendly. The music was perfect (for Jimmy’s taste), they played his favourite music which went well with the atmosphere of the restaurant. Be aware that sunlight can come through to the outdoor seatings quite strong, so be aware of the time you are booking if you wish to be seated outdoors. Overall, this restaurant put up service and food that was a lot better than I had anticipated, highly recommend this restaurant!

SERVICE: 7.5/10
ATMOSPHERE: 7.5/10
PRESENTATION: 7/10

Jimmy: I was actually meaning to take Jessica to this restaurant the last time we were at Melbourne but I overlooked it. But since we were here and Jessica booked it on a New Years Eve I was really excited to experience it. Rosetta is a place that when you look through the windows, you see a space inside that makes you feel like you will be dining at a sophisticated European fine dining restaurant. Though we sat outside in the terrace, the design was a little more modern but take nothing away from the beautiful fresh air! The service was friendly but professional from the moment we walked in to the moment we left. Most of the waiters/waitresses spoke Italian so that was something great to hear when you’re dining at an Italian restaurant. Pavarotti was playing in the background, three really enjoyable meals, especially the dessert and the occasion made the day that much more special. Although the food may be a little pricey, it could be a restaurant you consider when trying to decide on a place to dine while you’re walking along the Crown complex.

SERVICE: 7.5/10
ATMOSPHERE: 7/10
PRESENTATION: 7/10

Rosetta Ristorante

Opening Hours

Lunch Tuesday to Sunday 12.00pm-3.00pm

Dinner 7 days from 6.00pm

Reservations

+ 61 3 8648 1999

Crown Complex
Southbank VIC 3006
Australia

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Charlie Lovett

CoverCharlie Lovett located at South Wharf in Melbourne is a cafe offering their own coffee blend and a range of food for those wanting to take some time off and enjoy sitting in a large seating area that offers both indoor and outdoor seatings. This cafe is practically next to the South Wharf DFO and is situated alongside other cafe’s looking out the waterfront. With their own roasted coffee blend and a mix between home-made and gourmet breakfast and sandwiches Charlie Lovett provides and caters for many. Whilst on a New Year Day exploration for a cafe that was open we stumbled upon Charlie Lovett, this was our experience:

Coffee

Latte

Jimmy: Well here it is the Latte made with Charlie’s single origin estate coffee beans. It becomes apparent that with the combination of the constant New Years Day flurry of customers, one barista, the expectation usually results to a lack of a quality cup when served up. I guess the pour was, well poor because I could hardly taste the flavour of the coffee as it become drowned by the obvious re-steamed milk that didn’t give me that smooth and full flavoured latte I was really hoping for. 4/10

Hot Choc

Belgium Milk Hot Chocolate

Jessica: We did not have to wait long for our drinks which is good, I believe there was only 1 barista on the busy New Years Day and she did a good job with getting these drinks out quickly. This hot chocolate was so disappointing.. if you are looking for a good belgium hot chocolate then I would recommend The Chocolate Room at Parramatta, Sydney. The hot chocolate had the slightest hint of chocolate flavour.. the rest just tasted like milk that was heated up. Very disappointing and I would not recommend it, unless you ask them to put extra chocolate in for you. 2/10

Benedict

Eggs Benedict on Turkish bread with Ham

Jessica: We waited at least 30-40 minutes for our food to come. In my opinion this Eggs Benedict was worth the wait. The texture of the hollandaise sauce was perfect and the flavouring was perfect as well! In the photo it honestly looks like a regular eggs benedict, but I think it was the quality in the hollandaise sauce and also the ham that made this above average. The only thing is, the “turkish bread” did not taste or look like turkish bread, it honestly looked and tasted like regular toast.. However, with this said, I would still recommend this! 6/10

Big Breakfast

Charlie’s Big Breakfast 

Jimmy: This is what breakfast looks like. I really enjoyed the spinach and sausage. The bread tasted fresh and the mushrooms were nice. The down sides were probably the bacon that was not as crispy as expected and the wait time for the meal, though it didn’t fail to deliver a good meal to start the day! 5/10

Final Thoughts

Jessica: We went on New Years Day, and this was one of two cafes open. I think that they should have been more prepared with the rush of people. You had to wait in the queue for at least 10-15 minutes before you were served at the counter. And food took 30-40 minutes which is just way too long to wait for breakfast… we did see a couple leave and I don’t blame them. It feels a bit unfair to judge them on the time it took for their food to come out as it was New Years Day, and most places were closed. They probably did not expect it to be that busy. But they should’ve been prepared incase there was a massive rush of people anyway! The food certainly wasn’t disappointing, but the service was.

SERVICE: 5/10
ATMOSPHERE: 6/10
PRESENTATION: 6/10

Jimmy: Charlie Lovett looks really good when you walk in. You’ve got the huge counter with their own roasting machine and the decor oozes a rustic fisherman’s hut to me for some reason. Kudos to the staff that got pumped for so many hours, as it seemed busy prior and after our visit. The manager offered a smile and a quick conversation whilst taking my order, indicated to me that they were consistent with good service. The New Year’s buzz aside, food was good, coffee not so much, though this place has so much more potential, I would not mind visiting it another time, when it isn’t as busy!

SERVICE: 5.5/10
ATMOSPHERE: 5/10
PRESENTATION: 5.5/10

Charlie Lovett South Wharf
43 South Wharf Promenade
South Wharf VIC 3006

catering.sw@charlielovett.com.au
(03) 9696 6886

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Monday – Friday: 7.00 am – 8.00 pm
Weekend: 7.00 am – Late

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The Boatbuilder’s Yard

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The Boatbuilder’s Yard, you can’t miss it when you are walking from Crown Casino towards DFO. This is a little bar/cafe that serves up a delicious breakfast and lunch menu, along with coffee and alcoholic drinks too! We walked into this place not knowing what to expect, and it honestly was better than what it looks. The interior of this bar/cafe looks quite rustic and modern, giving it a very cool and relaxing feel.

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burger

Bacon and Egg roll with cheese and home-made tomato relish

Jessica: Yummmmmmm! This is so delicious, the bacon and the egg are cooked well, there’s nothing spectacular about them.. but the home-made tomato relish is the standout and makes this amazing! I don’t know what it is but the relish has a wow-factor to it, it gives the bacon and egg some life and I would definitely choose this over just a regular bacon and egg roll. You might think that the brioche bun is a bit odd to have for a savoury dish but it actually adds a nice sweetness and compliments the sweetness from the tomato relish. 7/10

omlette

Spanish Baked Omelette – Chat Potatoes, Caramelized Onions with Ham & Machego Cheese

Jimmy: If you wake up in the morning and feel like you could eat a big breakfast, this would be the type of meal you would order. Having never tried a Spanish baked omelette, I thought I would give it a go. Since I was a little hungrier than usual I ordered a side of chipolatas which are pretty much small grilled sausages. The omelette in all honesty did not have enough punch to it. It was a little tasteless at times, the chat potatoes and caramelized onions did little to enhance the flavour. The ham which was pretty much prosciutto was really strong in flavour so that went well with the omelette. The bread on the side was a little burnt and I didn’t have the best of times dodging the overcooked spots. The chipolatas were really good on the other hand and was cooked beautifully. The quantity was more than enough though it lacked in overall quality. 5.5/10

Final Thoughts

Jessica: This place has a great vibe to it, the service is great and you don’t have to wait too long for your coffee or food. Lovely place to have a relaxing breakfast or lunch! Sitting outside in the sun is quite nice, but beware of the flies that will swarm around you when you receive your food. From the looks of it, this place doesn’t receive as many customers as it should! Overall, I loved it here and will definitely go back when we visit Melbourne again.

SERVICE: 7/10
ATMOSPHERE: 7/10
PRESENTATION: 6/10

Jimmy: I really enjoyed going to this place from my first visit. It has an overall sense of peace and you get a great feel of relaxation from overlooking the waterfront. The location is perfect, close to the DFO shopping centre and Crown Casino complex, there isn’t a more beautiful spot to enjoy breakfast or lunch. The Boatbuilder’s Yard being a cafe and bar offers customers a great array of good food and drinks, a place for those indecisive about a place to have breakfast and lunch like me and Jessica were.

SERVICE: 6/10
ATMOSPHERE: 6.5/10
PRESENTATION: 6.5/10

23 SOUTH WHARF PROMENADE
SOUTH WHARF 3006 VICTORIA
PHONE: 03.9686.5088
FAX: 03.9686.5099
ENQUIRY@THEBOATBUILDERSYARD.COM.AU

OPEN 7 DAYS 7AM — LATE

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