Vue de monde, Melbourne CBD

I have a slight fear of the unknown. At Vue de monde you’re not even given a hint as to what you’ll be eating. You can only pick between a shorter or longer menu, an optional cheese trolley, and then surrender your allergies or dislikes. I’m prone to researching and dissecting menus before I dine at any restaurant, so our lunch at Vue de monde proves to be a bit of an adventure.

Our choice to settle on the shorter menu plus the cheese ($240 per person) is a wise one. Each dish is revealed and explained course by course, though we’re also emailed a copy of the menu afterward.

Dispersed through the degustation are lighthearted moments of Australian nostalgia. A modern interpretation of a sausage sizzle is one of the most memorable courses. But instead of mystery meat, the sausage is made of King green prawns, served deconstructed (for DIY construction) with sweet caramelized onions and seaweed mustard in a brioche bun.

Vue de monde summons theatrical elements like cultured butter rolled at the table and grinding down flowers ourselves before Davidson plum sorbet is gently placed on top. The cheese course takes the form of a cheese trolley that’s wheeled over.

As a vegetable-lover, it’s probably to nobody’s surprise that the Jonella farm asparagus cooked in paperbark with Tasmania mountain pepper and egg yolk puree is the highlight for me. Vibrantly green, impeccably presented, and full of richness and flavor, the plate is a perfect balance of simplicity and execution.

Echoing the ode to simplicity and Australiana of the food, the Vue de monde dining room is sparse but inviting, the open kitchen is calm, and the view of Melbourne’s cityscape from the 55th floor of the Rialto is unreal.

While I appreciated the ingredients, the dexterity, and the concept at Vue de monde, many of the dishes weren’t to my taste. I’ve always gravitated towards boldness, richness, and heat. But at Vue de monde flavors are often pared back, letting each ingredient shine. And quite a few of the ingredients aren’t screaming with punchy flavors. Regardless, I’m still glad we ticked this off our bucket list.

Vue de monde
Rialto Towers, 525 Collins St, Melbourne, Victoria
Lunch Thu-Sun from midday, dinner Mon-Sun 6-9pm

Mooloolaba saucer scallops with nashi pear and lime, blue mussels with wild sorrel and apple
Summer vegetable pickles with a scallop and tarragon vinaigrette, salt cured melon
Kohlrabi Noodles with salmon pearls
Vodka Pour Over
Culture butter
Hello butter
Hello again beautiful (there’s bread in the pouch)
King green prawns with green strawberries and fennel
King green prawn snag sizzle with seaweed mustard and onions
Eric opening up a rock filled with sweet onions
DIY sausage sizzle
Jonella farm asparagus cooked in paperbark with Tasmania mountain pepper and egg yolk puree
Opening up the paperbark
Mark Eather line caught barramundi with coriander and jasmine flower broth
Petal perfection from the top
This cutlery though
Some guy I was having lunch with
DIY grinding these petals
…until they’re almost like a powder
Davidson plum sorbet with sorrel and flowers
Duck with macadamia nut and sour onions
David Blackmore wagyu with broad beans and radishes
Dramatic top view
Sherry Cobbler
Barbequed mango with ginger and lime
Chocolate soufflé with crème anglaise
The spectacular dining room
I wore a popcorn dress at lunch
The view from the bar

Vue de monde Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


3 Comments Add yours

  1. forfoodssake says:

    The souffle was one of the best we’ve had! We were so full we didn’t even attempt the cheese course. Looks like we missed out!


  2. grabyourfork says:

    There’s definitely an artform to bringing out the best of ingredients using subtlety. I still haven’t made it here yet but things I’ve heard have been promising. I do like all the attention to details here, especially the cutlery and serving ware. Exquisite.


  3. Nessy Eater says:

    Love VDM!!! If only I could have it every week I would but that would send my wallet screaming in pain 😛


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