With 13 distinct dining and drinking options, the multimillion-dollar renaissance of the Continental Sorrento is one of leading chef and restaurateur Scott Pickett’s most exciting projects to date. Though each separate space holds its own, none is quite as special as his stunning fine diner Audrey’s.

With touches of brass, pale green velour banquettes and large windows overlooking Port Phillip Bay, it’s a warm, heartfelt homage to his grandmother, Audrey, who loved lobster and seafood.

This memory – combined with the restaurant’s oceanfront setting – inspired the five-course, seafood-dominated set menu. It’s a beautifully delicate and thoughtful offering, pairing Pickett’s childhood nostalgia with touches of modern opulence.

Snacks like malt-glazed eel on Melba toast; spanner-crab crumpets; and lobster-and-caviar tartlets come on silver platters. Abalone is skewered, grilled and served atop a bed of shells and sea foliage. For an extra $40 a head, add a serve of Great Ocean Road duck with fermented gold-plum jam, steamed gai lan and a wood-roasted duck-tongue skewer served with duck-liver pate.

Dessert is just as lush. The signature showstopper is Audrey’s vacherin, a French meringue inspired by her love of pavlova. It’s filled with spiced rhubarb, apple and ginger, and finished with a touch of gold leaf in what Pickett says is an “example of bringing nostalgia and luxury together in the menu”.

To keep the good times rolling, head downstairs to another of the Conti’s drawcards, Barlow. The lavish late-night speak-easy – and live-entertainment venue – is a nod to the legacy of the hotel’s founder, George Coppin.

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Updated: December 22nd, 2022

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