Accolades

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The Age Good Food Guide 2014

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‘It’s another world, this glamorous, view-­blessed eyrie 55 floors above Melbourne, where the surprises come thick and fast. They begin with a kangaroo leather table covered in smooth rocks doubling as salt and pepper cellars and butter holders and gnarled vines on which rest Christofle silver. Then there’s the crackling, candy­-coated smoked eel with white chocolate and caviar, a deconstructed ‘late’ breakfast of slow­cooked duck egg yolk, pork and green beans, and ‘prawn crackers’ of crunchy prawn shells. One of the nicest surprises is the clever use of native ingredients, including emu jerky served in smoking gum leaves; tender, salt­cured wallaby; slow­cooked wagyu beef cheek topped with saltbush; and a rather wondrous sweet, roasted marron with tarragon emulsion. Ask the phalanx of staff to slow down if you feel rushed – the better to enjoy whimsical finishing touches such as edible two-­up coins and delicate ‘lamingtons’.’

 

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'Through his nostalgic take on a Parisian bistro, Shannon Bennett brings La Belle Epoque to the Collins quartier with warmth, whimsy and a world view of gracious hospitality that's rarely without theatre. Scarlet velvet banquettes, vintage parquetry tables, bone-handled cutlery and floral plates add retro to replica, and a little romance. In the kitchen, chef Chris Bonello keeps faith with the classics, crafting meticulously sourced ingredients with finesse. Will it be Moonlight Flat oysters, Sterling caviar or garlic snails? Foie gras, duck sausage and Madeira jelly baked in brioche is sublime. For mains, slow-cooked wagyu bolar blade scattered in truffle-flecked gnocchi, and berkshire pork with braised lentils and calvados-poached apples are pure baguette mop-up material. To finish, it's a dead heat between toffeed tarte tatin, flipped at the table and doused in creme anglaise, and Valrhona chocolate souffle, pierced to catch a pour of rich liquid chocolate. Faux Frenchy, tres chic.'

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Australian Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide 2014

VUE DE MONDE - THREE STARS, THREE GLASSES

‘French remains the mother tongue at Vue de Monde, but with foraged beach herbs and kangaroo-hide tabletops, the accent’s now decidedly Australian, writes Michael Harden.’

BISTRO VUE - ONE STAR, TWO GLASSES

‘Bistro Vue is the third act in Shannon Bennett’s CBD trilogy. He’s reworking the classics in a shamelessly faux Parisian setting.

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The Age Good Food Guide 2013

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‘The attention to detail, from (real) gold teaspoons to hand-cut ice, is as impressive as the food. Theatre abounds – especially from the open kitchen – adding to the spectacle of the charcoal-hued fit out and infinity vista. This could be Shannon Bennett’s masterpiece, redefining fine dining…and his touch is in everything, from the ti-tree ceiling to the kangaroo-hide tables.’

 

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‘There are nostalgic pleasures to be found in the traditional bistro repertoire – precisely executed dishes like snails presented appropriately in shells with a verdant parsley crust…Hail the cheese trolley, or linger for a chocolate soufflé that is delivered in a copper-bottomed saucepan, with an air of style, romance and tradition: a microcosm of the Bistro Vue experience.’

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Australian Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide 2012

VUE DE MONDE - THREE STARS, THREE GLASSES

‘The view is dazzling, especially at night, when the dark-hued room with its kangaroo hide-covered tables and softly shimmering surfaces fades to backdrop, but Shannon Bennett's smart, skilful and occasionally humorous food effortlessly draws attention away from all the pretty lights.’

BISTRO VUE - ONE STAR, TWO GLASSES

‘Following Vue de monde's relocation, Shannon Bennett has expanded his popular bistro into the flagship's former home. The result-still with those aged parquetry tables and scarlet banquettes - retains much of Bistro Vue's famed ultra-romantic, ultra-nostalgic take on Parisian style .’

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Eat-Drink-Design Awards 2012

‘The annual Eat-Drink-Design Awards supports innovation and excellence in the design of hospitality premises of all scales and types, retail environments for the sale of food and beverages and visual identities for both. The Eat-Drink-Design Awards is the only awards program in Australasia dedicated to this specialist area.’

Bar awards – High Commendation Best Bar Awards 2012

Elenberg Fraser – The Lui Bar

 

Restaurant awards – High Commendation Best Restaurant awards 2012

Elenbery Fraser – Vue de monde

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The Age Good Bar Guide 2012

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Vue de monde’s bar, on the Rialto Buildings 55th Floor, doesn’t rely on dazzling views alone. Boundary-pushing drinks, snacks and a whisky trolley help make this a destination beyond pre dinner drinks.’

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‘Bistro Vue’s Bar is a charming lively space with flattering lighting and a good line in Parisian bar drag – a zinc bar top, an enormous Mon Oncle poster, wall lamps and occasional live accordion music.’

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Design Awards - Vue de monde Level 55 Rialto

AUSTRALIAN INTERIOR DESIGN AWARDS    

Winner - Hospitality Design
Winner - Sustainability Advancement Award

 

DULUX COLOUR AWARDS  

Commercial Interior - Commendation

 

 

ASIA PACIFIC HOSPITALITY AWARDS ASIA  

Winner - International Restaurant

 

RESTAURANT AND BAR DESIGN AWARDS UK  

Finalist

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Wine Awards

 
 
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WINE SPECTATOR 2011

Vue de monde - Best Award of Excellence







 
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GOURMET TRAVELLER FINE WINE PARTNERS

Vue de monde – 3 Glasses

‘A list as impressive as you would expect from one of Australia's finest restaurants. Obviously it is heavily sommelier-influenced with esoteric selections to tempt the adventurous, Rhônes and Burgundies, both red and white, as well as shiraz and Bordeaux.’

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Bistro Vue – 2 Glasses

‘Even at a glance, it’s obvious this wine list offers a great exploration of regional French wines, but look further as it also includes a super range of other upper-echelon international wines. It’s fine tuned and well versed.’