This week the online review site TripAdvisor released its list of the top ten restaurants in Australia, as gathered and decided from visitor reviews, offering a trusted suggestion of the ultimate places to dine while on one of our Australia tours. Melbourne took the prize of having the most restaurants in the top ten, with three of its best eateries making the list. Two Sydney restaurants also feature in the rankings, and establishments in Darwin, Brisbane, Port Macquarie, Polkobin and Currumbin also make an appearance.
Topping the list is Melbourne’s Vue de Monde, which serves French cuisine, and, according to one reviewer, combines fine theatre with a gourmet dining experience. Owned by chef Sharon Bennett, who won Australian Gourmet Traveller’s ‘Best New Talent’ award in 2003, the restaurant can be found up on the 55th floor of the Rialto Building, where it relocated to in June 2011. Earning 19/20 in The Age Good Food Guide, Vue de Monde combines sophisticated French food with a décor which proudly celebrates Australia’s history.
Alongside the more traditional gourmet restaurants, the list also celebrates restaurants that specialise in other cuisines. Tetsuya’s in Sydney, for instance, which is fourth on TripAdvisor’s list, serves a delicious course of Asian fusion dishes, while the Stunned Mullet in Port Macquarie, seventh on the list, serves exquisite seafood dishes from locally-caught fish and shellfish.
The organisation and communication were first class. The flexibility in travelling to the destination was impressive and the hotels where we stayed in were all of a good standard. Our Coach was driven by Ken, who was a character and nothing was too much for him.
Mr & Mrs Hall, Magnificent New Zealand
We both enjoyed the Magnificent New Zealand holiday immensely. The Coach Driver/Tour Guide was excellent and the hotels were really comfortable. The holiday was extremely good value and I would recommend it to anyone waning to taste the Antipodean holiday experience.
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