Eating Out in Melbourne

04/01/2010

Melbourne is a restaurant and bar-lovers dream… the Australians are famously a good-food-loving nation and they like their menus to be innovative and surprising. We had a couple of great dinners on a recent visit.

Cookie
Cookie has a fantastic location on the first floor above one of Melbourne’s main (and regrettably fairly ubiquitous in nature) shopping streets. Ask for one of the balconette tables if the weather is fine. Our dinner table for four took up an entire balconette without being too cosy. The food was creative without being unnecessary, and each dish completely delicious… The menu can be downloaded at their website. The bill was surprising in its restraint given that we each had several cocktails and three courses and came in at less than AU$100 per person.

Madame Brussels
A rooftop (third floor) bar with a great terrace to be enjoyed with friends on a summer’s evening. They serve Taittinger champagne and cultivate a very engaging 1930’s vibe, with waiters in tennis kit and a “tally-ho, anyone for Pimms?” air which was very conducive to having a relaxed glass or two before dinner.

The Press Club
One of the most memorable dinners in Melbourne is to be found at The Press Club (which isn’t a club in the proper sense that you don’t have to be a member to go). Greek-inspired food and the warmest and most sincere welcome made this place exceptional in every respect. We arrived for a drink and ended up staying for dinner – we were so very glad that we did. The Fizz Bizz cocktail was delightful and uses a favourite ingredient of mine, Plymouth Sloe Gin, and champagne.

The Press Club 72 Flinders Street, Melbourne / http://www.thepressclub.com.au
Cookie 1/252 Swanston St, Melbourne / http://www.cookie.net.au
Madame Brussels
– Level 3, 59-63 Bourke St, MelbourneĀ  / http://www.madamebrussels.com

Image – The Press Club Bar

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One Response to “Eating Out in Melbourne”

  1. Lady J Says:

    A Fizz Bizz cocktail is the business!


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