Vue de monde melbourne review 2016 _ good food

This month marks five years since Vue de Monde moved to the 55th floor of the Rialto. Avocado and egg baked It has never been better. Avocado and egg face mask The room buzzes with energy and freshness, even as the kangaroo-skin table coverings are becoming butter-soft and worn.

The food has “wow” factor yet it is flavour and texture that impress most.

Breakfast with avocado and eggs Kitchen trickery has been reined in and most food is cooked in pots and pans.

The view over Melbourne never gets boring: how easy it is to pity cars crawling over the Bolte Bridge when one is nibbling on duck breast with fermented truffle.

There’s a warmth to the dining experience, driven largely by head chef Justin James and his crew, who bring many dishes to the table from the open kitchen, and also, in a funny way, by the international team of floor staff, some of whom can seem starstruck to simply be there.

That’s not necessarily the best mindset when shepherding diners through the uncertainty and wonder of a menu-free experience, but there’s something about being on the ride together that appeals.

Vue de Monde is expensive – $200 plus per multi-course meal – so most people would never consider dining here. Avocado and egg mask However, if you can spend a lot of money on a meal, there’s value.

Chef James (ex-Eleven Madison Park in New York) runs the kitchen; he eats each menu with owner Shannon Bennett, who still has ultimate oversight. Egg and avocado salad Bennett should be happy. Egg in avocado weight loss His man on the ground (well, 400 metres above it) is doing him proud, using technique in service of diner enjoyment, not just because it’s fun to play with food. How to make baked avocado and egg That can result in dishes that layer inspiration and process in remarkably complex ways but end up eating very easily.

“That’s so delicious,” I say, about a veal and cabbage dish. How to make avocado and egg Juniper-infused milk gel and cabbage braised in veal jus sit underneath grilled veal. Avocado and egg blood sugar The meat is rolled in reduced cabbage juice, then a mix of charred cabbage powder and caramelised milk powder. Avocado and poached egg on toast It’s topped by discs cut from cabbage leaves – how clever, how simple – that have been variously pickled, compressed, confited and charred. Avocado and poached egg recipes I found most of that out later. Avocado and egg breakfast recipe In the moment, I was dazed by milk and earth, blood and fire, by the modest alchemy of food that stops time.

Vue de Monde has a farm at Burnham Beeches and the chefs head out there fortnightly to pick and prod and plan. Avocado and egg recipes buzzfeed One day, Justin James pulled a Jerusalem artichoke plant from the earth and noticed that its root ball looked like an upturned tree, artichokes clinging to it like apples.

That lightning bolt of inspiration has become a fabulous dessert: the roots and vegetables are painstakingly cleaned, poached in sugar syrup, then fried and the artichokes piped full of apple jam. Recipe for baked avocado and egg What appears at the table is a magical doughnut tree. Avocado and egg breakfast pizza You pluck sweet, caramelised artichokes from the “branches” and swipe them through salted chocolate. Avocado and egg in oven It’s an ace amusement and tastes great.

A restaurant like Vue de Monde is not part of normal life (though apparently one couple has been 41 times). Healthy egg and avocado breakfast The trick is to make the rarefied also feel warm, to let diners celebrate their own occasions while being carried along by a premium experience. Avocado and boiled egg breakfast It takes confidence to do that and experience to judge it and I think Vue de Monde right now has the balance bang-on.