Sitting pretty in the old ‘observation deck’ of the Rialto, Melbourne’s favoured spot for occasion dining has views to match its name. Visionary chef Shannon Bennett has moved away from its classic French style to a subtle Modern Australian theme that runs through everything from the decor to the menu.
Stuffy tablecloths are gone and natural Australian elements are in – vases of banksia, handmade kangaroo-hide tables and cutlery holders carved from Tasmanian stone. Booking ahead is essential.
Remaining at the old barrister’s chambers is the cheaper Bistro Vue and Cafe Vue (there are also Cafe Vue branches at 401 St Kilda Rd and the Melbourne airport).