Melbourne’s food scene is one of almost limitless choice. There is a constant flow of new ideas, new places and new tastes. While Melbourne doesn’t have the deeply ingrained traditions and profound self-confidence of, say, Paris or Rome, Bangkok or Tokyo, it has an exuberant culinary culture and a talent for innovation and adaptation. At the top of the food chain, fine dining thrives. While many Melbourne chefs experiment widely, mixing and matching techniques and ingredients, you’ll rarely find chefs doing fusion for fusion’s sake. There’s too much respect for providence and context. And Melbourne brings to the table coffee which wipes the floor with the coffee you’ll get in London or Los Angeles, and often tops what you’ll find in Italy. This selection of restaurants – a mix of fine-dining stalwarts and upstarts – offers menus which rove across regions and riff on influences.