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Best Modern Australian

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Melbourne Central (!)

Spanish & Italian influences

Price: Expensive

Sadly, SOS closed, due, I believe, to people thinking Melbourne Central is a daggy venue, and also, I believe, to the conundrum that most people who can afford it don't tend to have the conscience to choose it. Sigh. However, Paul Mathis has reopened as 100 Mile Cafe - read the review in Best Overall.

Paul Mathis (of Blue Train, Soulmama, Taxi & Chocolate Buddha fame) has launched Melbourne's first self-described veg-aquarian restaurant with fab views of the State Library and toilets that flush by running the tap above (in the men's, anyway). The service is friendly and attentive, the sommelier (Raul) eccentric and wise, and the food sublime. Porcini ravioli in butter and thyme sauce goes from lovely to stupendous by the addition of dear little blueberries, tiny explosions of unexpected flavour that don't last so long as to overwhelm the rich, earthy flavour of the porcinis. Genius. Don't miss the almond-crusted King George Whiting with dandelion weeds. Watch out for the French champagne if offered when you arrive, at $17 a glass, it's delicious but best saved for a special occasion, say a 15th anniversary?



Courthouse Hotel

Cnr Queensberry and Errol St, North Melbourne

Price: Expensive

Has a fantastic degustation menu ($75 per person without the alcohol matched) and everyone who has been here has raved about it! Also has a bar section which is much cheaper. Do book though - gets crowded even on Monday nights.

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