Originally housed in a quirky terrace building in Drummond Street Carlton, Vue de monde relocated in 2005 to the historic Normanby Chambers in Melbourne’s central business district. Evolving from a classical French style restaurant with a niche following, the move signified a shift in direction, with a focus on the theatrical and the dedication to dining as an experience. Vue de monde was lauded in its original location, including chef/owner Shannon Bennett being awarded the Australian Gourmet Traveller's inaugural 'Best New Talent' Award in 2003. It was the move to the new premises that Vue de monde achieved widespread critical acclaim and international recognition, including a then unprecedented 19/20 from The Age Good Food Guide.
In June 2011 Vue de monde relocated to the 55th floor of Melbourne’s iconic Rialto building, which challenged the notion that great dining cannot exist at great heights A pared back and sophisticated space, the design reflects on Australia’s history - it references Melbourne’s glory days during the gold rush and other cultural icons including the out back dunny! With the sweeping views across the city and beyond, plus a stunning neon conceptual art piece by seminal artist Joseph Kosuth - interpreting one of Charles Darwin’s sketches - forms the back drop for the restaurant. The ‘view’ is finally in Vue de monde.
The menu at Vue de monde has evolved from its classical roots to a lighter handed and more natural approach. Whereas in the past we looked to Europe for ingredients and to the masters of classical cuisine; today we celebrate what is on our doorstep by choosing beautiful, heirloom and organic vegetables and fruits, or growing them ourselves at our own property, Burnham Beeches in Sherbrook Forrest. Our meat and seafood is local and sustainable. Our relationships are directly with growers and farmers and our inspiration is driven by simple ingredients produced with care and dictated by the seasons. We value those suppliers that share our view that provenance is both meaningful and valuable.
We reference our past and the history of our country by combining techniques used in generations past together with modern culinary techniques. We aim to present beautiful food that appeals to all the senses and is celebrated not only for the perception of luxury, but for the honesty and integrity of it’s presentation. Our focus is derived from the desire to evoke emotion through simplicity, purity and to present a balanced and satisfying experience that is a gentle progression of flavour. Yet with a sense of theatre, a sense of fun and sometimes a sense of irony…
The process of selecting works of art for Vue de monde has been a collaborative one between Shannon Bennett and Anna Schwartz. An uncompromising approach to the works has been taken and major artists, both Australian and International, have been represented on a large scale. This is a serious art collection, not merely decoration of an interior and diners in the restaurant have the opportunity to negotiate works by significant artists of our time.
The art exists throughout Vue de monde – the dining room, the Lui bar and the events spaces. No area is left un-thought of or unadorned.