Grossi Florentino

<em>Grossi Florentino.</em>
Grossi Florentino. 

80 Bourke St Melbourne, VIC 3000

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Opening hours L Mon-Fri,D Mon-Sat
Features Accepts bookings, Business lunch, Degustation, Events, Licensed, Lunch specials, Long lunch, Private dining, Romance-first date
Prices Expensive (mains over $40)
Chef Guy Grossi, Chris Rodriguez, Matteo Toffano
Seats 120
Payments Diner's Club, eftpos, AMEX, Visa, Mastercard
Phone 03 9662 1811

Rating: 16.5/20

This has to be Melbourne’s grandest dining room. At night the room, with its timber wainscotting, carriage lamps and Napier Waller murals, glows like candlelight through amber. Always a comfortable rather than stuffy experience, you’ll rest on baronial tapestry chairs at solid tables loaded with good linen and fine glassware. There’s an opulence on the menu, too, with white Alba truffles, local lobster and Sardinian bottarga all regulars.

While many of the front-of-house values may also be reassuringly old-school, from the stool for your handbag to the presence of a cheese cabinet, owner-chef Guy Grossi’s food certainly hasn’t ossified.

He is equally at home knocking out the national treasure that is his braised abbacchio lamb or robust duck and wild mushroom tortellini as he is crafting out-there creations like seared yellowfin tuna with bottarga, heart of palm, caviar, cayenne praline and a vodka and tonic sorbet.

In winter, local Glenloth pigeon might come beautifully pot-roasted with cotechino, vin santo, grapes and a Jerusalem artichoke puree. Desserts can be less impressive: a chocolate souffle with malt icecream, perhaps, or rhubarb cobbler and a slice of icecream terrine.