Attica

Awarded Restaurant of the Year in the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Awards 2015, the Best Restaurant in Australia in the San Pallegrino World's Best 50 Restaurants 2014 awards and given three hats by The Age Good Food Guide 2014, Attica is the one to beat when it comes to fine dining in Melbourne.

The highly acclaimed restaurant features an array of different dining options throughout the week, including a Tuesday Night Chef's table. Head chef Ben Shewry and his team use this night to test out new menus and develop them further, giving diners the chance to try out new dishes before they're released to the public. Add on the wine matches or settle for the five course degustation menu in this feast for the senses.

On Wednesday to Saturday, guests can enjoy a decadent eight course tasting menu, including a full vegetarian option for those who wish. Wine matches are available, as are accommodations for specific dietary requirements.

Rice Paper Scissors

Rice Paper Scissors is ranked as one of the best restaurants in Melbourne as of January 2015, with reviewers complimenting the Asian eatery's excellent value, brilliant presentation and out-of-this-world flavours.

Modelled on South East Asia's hawker dining bars, this shared-eating restaurant serves up fresh dishes made from organically, ethically sources ingredients. Sauces, relishes and pates are made in house and you can also sip on a cocktail in the casual environment while you wait for your meal.

Chow down on wok-tossed Asian greens, Thai fried chicken, duck salad or BBQ pork neck and feel as though you've been transported to the streets of Asia.

Prix Fixe

Prix Fixe's leading lady Philippa Sibley took out Time Out Melbourne Food Awards' Chef of the Year award at the 2014 event, showcasing her talents and Prix Fixe's industry clout. The restaurant is a ticketed dining establishment that shuns the idea of eateries not allowing bookings and encouraging diners to line up to get in. At Prix Fixe, diners buy tickets online for a table, paid for in advance. In exchange they receive a four-course dinner that is arguably among the city's best. This means guests are assured of a table, and Prix Fixe cuts down on food waste and knows exactly how many people will be dining with them each day. The establishment does still welcome walk-in diners, but ticketed patrons have first claim on tables.

The menu changes regularly and is inspired by a variety of different factors, including art, music and pop culture.

Saint Crispin

2014 saw Saint Crispin win Time Out Melbourne Food Awards 2014's Best New Restaurant Gong. Located on Smith Street in Collingwood, the superb restaurant serves up modern Australian cuisine, eschewing the small plate trend of late and bringing back full course meals.

Try out unique dishes like sour hibiscus marshmallows, black olive macarons, black fungus and Parmesan jelly and a wide variety of other inventive and creative meals.

 

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