Given Vue de Monde's reputation, a meal at the restaurant comes with expectations nearly as high as its lofty location. Luckily, celebrity chef Shannon Bennett hits the mark with some of the best dining in the country. Located 55 floors up, on what was the observation deck of the Rialto, the restaurant’s third home boasts an impressive 360 degree view of the city, spanning from the Docklands to the Dandenongs.
Complementing the dramatic view is a $10 million fit-out that’s dark and sleek with a modern Australian twist. The tables are covered with kangaroo leather (fitted by the Captains of Industry) and are large enough to seat a whole family, yet are generally dedicated to couples. They hold a simple scattering of river stones that cleverly double as salt and pepper-shakers, butter vessels and cutlery holders. 'Roo makes another appearance, in the form of fluffy chairs (and on the menu).
There are two dining options listed – the à la carte (four-course) menu or the 10-course degustation. But if you don’t have the time or room for the full procession of courses, the restaurant also offers seven and eight course options. Each dish is brought to the table and explained by one of the charming and insightful chefs.
Highlights include WA marron, served with beef tongue and brown butter emulsion and Bennett’s breakfast-inspired fried duck egg, lamb sweet bread, pickled onion and truffle, which he cheekily dishes up by explaining: “It’s breakfast somewhere in the world”.
Dining at Vue is, for want of a better word, an experience rather than simply a meal. Theatrics seem to infiltrate every aspect of dining, from the open kitchen to the staff and of course the food itself. With such seamless service, it’s very easy to put your complete faith in these hospitality professionals and let the drama unfold.