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Celeb restaurants of Melbourne

24 Sep 2016

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Celebrity chefs: they’ve graced our TVs, our bookshelves, and even our blog, and now they are in our restaurants, serving up amazing fresh fare you can enjoy day in and day out. If you’re an avid foodie, you need to grab your family and friends and visit these restaurants in Melbourne – each one owned or endorsed by a celebrity chef!

1. George Calombaris – The Press Club, Flinders Street
If fine dining is what you love, book a table at The Press Club on Flinders Street. Regarded as ‘playful, not pretentious’, The Press Club is an intimate dining experience that seats just 32 guests and specialises in modern Greek cuisine. Get comfortable in the curved leather booth and order a tasting menu, or enjoy à la carte options for lunch. Serving up the best of Greek hospitality, celebrity chef George Calombaris (mostly known for his work as a judge on Network Ten’s MasterChef Australia) has combined the comforts of home with the ultimate in fine dining.
Top Tip: For just $95pp, you can enjoy a delicious 4-course set dinner from Monday to Saturday, making this celebrity restaurant one that everyone can enjoy!

2. Shannon Bennett – Vue de Monde, Collins Street
With many cookbooks under his belt, as well as a wide range of accolades, Shannon Bennett has become a celebrity chef through the ingenuity of his own culinary art. As the owner and head chef of his own restaurant, Vue de Monde in Melbourne’s Rialto Tower, now you can experience his master craft first-hand. This restaurant offers classical fine dining in a modern context, providing a light and intimate ambiance. The best thing is the menu changes daily, so the dishes are always a pleasant surprise!
Top Tip: Reservations are essential for this restaurant. While the food is spectacular, so is the price, with a tasting menu (lunch or dinner) ranging from $230 - $275 per person.

3. Heston Blumenthal – Dinner, Southbank
A British celebrity chef, Heston Blumenthal rose to fame for his extraordinary cuisine in The Fat Duck, one of his now many restaurants in Great Britain. Bringing The Fat Duck over to Melbourne, Australia, after a while Heston wanted something fresh and new, which is why he closed Melbourne’s version of The Fat Duck and instead opened Dinner. Located in Southbank, Dinner is elegant and a nod to both ancient and modern beauty. A multi-award-winning restaurant, here you will be able to experience the taste of historic British gastronomy infused with Australian fresh produce.
Top Tip: With starters coming in at around $36, this is a fine dining experience that may pack a punch not only in flavour but also on your wallet.

4. George Calombaris – Gazi Restaurant, Exhibition Street
Melbourne is seriously lucky to have yet another George Calombaris restaurant to try, and that is Gazi. Here you’ll be able to grab lunch or dinner in a laidback environment. Hanging out with friends? Grab a 10-plate sharing menu for just $69pp and there’ll be plenty of food for everyone! Otherwise, be sure to glance through the à la carte menu that features wood-fire grill food, salads, small souvas, sweets, dips and everything in between. There’s an extensive drinks menu as well, which includes all the classics as well as Gazi specials with a twist.
Top Tip: Check in every now and then to Gazi’s website to see what’s on. With events running all the time, there’s sure to be something on that tickles your fancy!

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