Well this restaurant has new owners...new decor...and a new menu....and an excellent reputation for fine dining. Though the dining style is advertised as casual... the food is fine...and you do not need to wear a bow tie!
From the outside the restaurant appears a little uninspiring... I found the decor quite dark inside as well...must be trendy these days ,
Our table looked out to the River Yarra and we had a splendid view of the "explosion of light " attraction that lights up the evening sky.
Favorite Dish: You will enjoy the fish...it will melt in your mouth... so examine the menu and choose for yourself.
The menu is mostly fish with a few other choices.
Open for lunch and dinner Monday to Sunday
There is now a new restaurant...The Atlantic.
A Birthday Dinner
Well part of the title is "Fish Market". That does not sound "upmarket" does it? Well it is upmarket. And beautiful fresh seafood seems to be a specialty.
Best to book and ask for an inside table with view of the river. You can dine al fresco but smoking is still allowed in Melbourne so if you are outside you could be close to a smoking table..
We had our special inside table and saw the flame of fire across the Yarra River... whatever it is that lights up the area from time to time. Missed a photo opportunity.
It cost $A80 per person which did not include alcohol. We each had three courses.
And we had a French waiter. Great. another chance to practise. Merci beaucoup.
Favorite Dish: Just look at the photo of the Whole Baby Snapper and you will know why it is my favourite. My guests said it as the nicest meal they had ever tasted.
And we had apple pie. It was really nice for that type of restaurant but you know I love the old style apple pie best...but not too sweet.
"jusqu'à la prochaine fois"...Well we certainly will go back the next time we are in Melbourne. It is a delightful little place...great service...great food....and the decor in green is very refreshing....you know how we sometimes call the French "frogs"? Well nearly everyone who looked after us...if not all were frogs..and of course frogs are green..
I do seem to have a fondness for French restaurants.....
So as you stroll down the walkway on the ground floor of the Crown Entertainment Complex do look out for Bistro Guillaume .
At the moment they are serving breakfast as well...not sure if that is permanent.
Open Monday to Sunday from 12pm till late.
Favorite Dish: There is a "plat du jour' for dinner.... Sunday it was Rack of Lamb on a bed of ratatouille, tapenade and zucchini flower . A lunch time special is offered Monday to Saturday...any two courses $A45.
We enjoyed the onion soup, then the king prawns and with avocado cream, tomato, croutons, and cos lettuce for lunch.
For dinner we can recommend the fish dishes..John Dory with buerre noisette capers and lemon or Barramundi with carrot and ginger puree, coriander butter and pommes allumeettes.
My thoughts are look at the menu and choose for yourself...you will not be disappointed.
By the way if you would like a copy of the book "Food for Friends" by Guillaume Brahimi it is available here.
This is tucked in an inconspicuous side street in Carlton and you wouldn't initially walk past it; you'd realistically want to know it's there.
It will be worthwhile however which is why the place is thriving, always a good sign that the food is palatable.
I ate there with a group of family and friends, about 15 of us, and everyone was pleased with the service and food.
Maybe it lacks a fraction in ambience but that's really nitpicking on my part.
Favorite Dish: I had spaghetti marinara and really enjoyed it but no-one in our group complained, all thought their dishes were excellent.
Crust pizzas are yummy and they taste healthier than most. They also have a range of Heart Foundation Tick approved pizzas and salads. And all pizzes are topped with 100% Australian mozzeralla cheese.
Favorite Dish: Philly Steak Pizza
Lord of the Fries is 100% Aussie owned, using 100% Aussie potatoes. It's vegetarian, it's Halal and Kosher. Herald Sun Winner of the Best Hot Chips in Melbourne, The Age Winner of the Best Burger in Melbourne, Lifestyle Channel Winner of the Favourite Vegetarian/Vegan Restaurant in Victoria and Peta/Aduki Winner of Best Burger in Australia. There are gluten free options, vegan options, burgers, hot dogs, nuggets, onion rings, fries and 13 international sauces. What more could you want after a night out on the town?
The Hotel Windsor has been serving traditional afternoon tea since 1883 and consists consists of freshly baked scones with jam and cream, exquisite pastries and finger sandwiches.
Upon arrival you will receive a glass of sparkling wine, whilst freshly brewed tea and coffee is brought to your table throughout the afternoon.
Vegetarian and Gluten Free options can be catered for at no extra cost.
Time & Price Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 2:00pm and 2:30pm - 4:30pm
$59 per person
Saturday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 2:00pm and 2:30pm - 4:30pm
$79 per person (includes an indulgent dessert buffet)
La Notte Restaurant is your typical Italian Restaurant. Large alfresco eating area and very friendly and prompt service.
Open seven days a week early till late, for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and supper. All dietary requirements are catered for.
Take-away bottle shop available. Extensive bar with an excellent wine cellar with bottle shop prices served at the table.
We chose this place, because the gentleman out the front was friendly and not pushy like some of the others in the area. Service was very good. Our entree was lovely. My medium-rare t-bone came out more rare than anything else, but they happily cooked it further and replated it.
You can tell this place is special from the moment you walk past. Apart from the stunning childrens cakes, special ocassion cookies, divine looking pastries and desserts, Zimt also do a range of beautiful sandwiches and savoury cakes. All served by amazingly friendly staff.
Located in Mont Albert, it's a little out of the way from the mainstream, but if you find yourself out this way, do make the effort. It's right near the Mont Albert train station.
High Tea and catering also available.
Open Monday to Saturday, 7am to 5pm.
Favorite Dish: Chicken and Walnut mini baguette sandwiches.
Take a seat in Shou in one of the gorgeous little booths, with a smokeless chargrill barbecue set in the table and cook yourself up a storm. A comprehensive menu including wagyu beef, chicken, pork and seafood, along with mouthwatering entrees and sake flight menu, Shou is an awesome experience.
The waitresses were very helpful in aiding your selections.
We left feeling extremely satisfied, but not stuffed full. I will definitely be coming back here on my next trip to Melbourne.
Favorite Dish: The best tempura vegetables I've ever tasted.
Step back into 1892 and visit the Hopetoun Tea Rooms. Situated in the Block Arcade, this quaint little place is lavishly decorated with floral green and black. Excellent service and a divine menu, you can stop by for coffee and cake or go all the way for breakfast or lunch.
High Tea also available 7 days a week.
Open Monday to Saturday from 8am to 5pm, Sundays 9am to 5pm.
Check out their website for menus and further details.
Favorite Dish: Rockling and salmon terrine with crepe and tomato and basil cream sauce with caviar.
Lemon Meringue Pie.
I first visited Caboose after a particularly long and stressful day, we were wanting a small bite to eat and a glass of wine to wind down. Caboose filled the bill brilliantly. Our waiter was extremely amicable and his recommendation of the croquettes spot on. We were seated near the kitchen and the procession of dishes passing us made our mouths drool.
I've since been back to Caboose twice more and enjoyed it each time.
It's such a cozy little place!
Favorite Dish: Bruschetta with buffalo mozzarella and the Potato and Jamon Croquettes with Aioli.
Massive Croque Monsieur, croquettes with blue cheese sauce!
Hi guys & gals.
First of all, if you are on a budget and want something and easy. Camy Shanghai Dumpling House is the place for you. It's in a laneway (Tattersall's Lane) off Chinatown. A warning to visitors, the lane stinks. However, once you enter Camy's it is a different story.
Food is great for it's price. $8.50AUD for a plate of 15 fried or steamed pork dumplings. The food is pretty quick once you order. I usually wait like 3-5 minutes for my dish to come out. Sometimes even less.
It's self service cutlery. Make sure to clean the cutlery and bowl with the servettes/tissue.
Service is pretty ordinary and it is what you expect from most Asian places and this is coming from an Asian. Surroundings is not 5 star and ambience is fairly average. I mean sometimes you may have to share a table with other patrons. But don't let that ruin your appetite
Highly recommend Camy's Shanghai Dumpling House for those that are on a budget or want to experience wonderful dumplings. Just don't expect posh service.
Favorite Dish: The Dumplings!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.
I love the Mushroom & Spinach dumplings (great for vegetarians or vegans), Fried Pork Dumplings and the Steamed Rice Cakes (again great for vegetarians or vegans).
A tip for the Fried dumplings, make sure you bite carefully. Nothing worse than lip burns from the oil.
Now here’s a challenge – 2 people, all the food as pictured and you’ve got 1 and a half hours to try and consume the lot – Victorian Parliament wins again as their High Tea really is huge.
There are 2 platters – and the bottom one is all the savory stuff – dainty quiches, delicious finger sandwiches, water cress and parsley, followed by fresh fruit. Top layer is the challenging part – 3 enormous freshly baked scones with big servings of jam and cream, followed by 5 each of individual bigger than bite sized cakes all freshly made. More fruit on the side.
Team the above with choice of wine, coffee or tea, chilled water, delightful setting and its high tea made in heaven at a fraction of the cost of the other high teas around Melbourne. Very attentive and professional staff and all up, a great experience.
Cost $36.00 per person without wine, $42.00 with wine and served between 2.30 and 4.00pm Monday to Friday in the Strangers Corridor, which is next door to the Members Dining Room. Bookings essential and note the high tea is only available when Parliament is not sitting – check web site for dates.
There is a security entrance for all visitors and items which may be considered dangerous are not permitted into the Parliament Building.
About the photos:
1. Double platter and too much for 2.
2. Quiet alcove for 2.
3. The top platter and all the sweet stuff.
4. Is the glass half full or empty?
5. They'll even supply a take-away container.