Service is intuitive and energetic at Jacques Reymond. Photo: Ken Irwin
Reports of the death of fine dining haven’t reached Jacques Reymond – and Melbourne’s food scene is much the richer for it. Any visit to this swish mansion restaurant is a special occasion. Service is intuitive and energetic. Reymond’s food is astoundingly fresh, nimble and pretty, replete with sparky ideas and great produce – the sweetest baby vegetables, Japanese condiments, native eucalypt – nudged towards magnificence by impeccable French technique. Delicate king george whiting is the star in a dish of pickles and sharp citrus. Lamb fillet is partnered with smoked scallop in a daring land-and-sea tableau. Rich grilled beef is given spine with blackened onion and a hint of coffee. Flavour matches are unusual but inspired – as with a plum, chocolate and bay leaf dessert – and the meal is wholly delightful, shining with the confidence born from decades of experience yet still excited by the future.
Drinks Outstanding wines from France, Australia and beyond
And … The $140 vegetarian degustation is a respectful meat-free marvel.
- 03 9525 2178
- Cuisine - Contemporary
- Prices - Degustation $185; a la carte $135–$185; lunch $60–$120
- Features - Private dining
- Chef(s) - Jacques Reymond, Hayden McFarland & Thomas Woods
- Owners - Jacques & Kathy Reymond
- Cards accepted - Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa, AMEX
- Opening Hours - Tues–Sat 6.30–9pm; Thurs–Fri noon–1.30pm
- Seats - 60