You could call it a shellfish platter, because that’s what it is. But isn’t the French term “fruits de mer”– which literally means “fruit of the sea” – so much more fun? Loaded with oysters, prawns, scallops, lobster and maybe even crab, the briny entree is best tackled as a group. Expect lemon wedges, mignonette, cocktail sauce and other acidic foils to join the party. Here are three of the best fruits de mer from Melbourne restaurants.

Stokehouse, St Kilda




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Cutler & Co, Fitzroy




Reine, CBD



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