Cheap and not so cheap eats…

For the last 2 months, the Age’s “Cheap Eats” guide has become almost like a second guide book to Melbourne for me. As time has gone on, I have become aware of a sub-category of Cheap Eats, and that is “Cheap As Hell Eats”. This is category that covers restaurants that offer 2-3 course meals for between $4-10, stunning bargains I reckon. For example, the Post-Deng Cafe in Little Bourke St. does a lunch time special that gets you three courses for next to nothing, or Teriyaki’s on Smith St, Collingwood who do three courses for ca. $7.00, or Cafe Zum Zum off Elizabeth St. who do 3 varieties of curry and rice for about the same; very tasty and very filling. So if anyone has any pointers for the same, feel free to let us know.

Perversely, to even the balance, after having had one of my cheaper meals in Melbourne, I went out for one of the most expensive meals I’ve had, last night at Vue de Monde, Shannon Bennett’s newly located restaurant.

For the last 2 months, the Age’s “Cheap Eats” guide has become almost like a second guide book to Melbourne for me. As time has gone on, I have become aware of a sub-category of Cheap Eats, and that is “Cheap As Hell Eats”. This is category that covers restaurants that offer 2-3 course meals for between $4-10, stunning bargains I reckon. For example, the Post-Deng Cafe in Little Bourke St. does a lunch time special that gets you three courses for next to nothing, or Teriyaki’s on Smith St, Collingwood who do three courses for ca. $7.00, or Cafe Zum Zum off Elizabeth St. who do 3 varieties of curry and rice for about the same; very tasty and very filling. So if anyone has any pointers for the same, feel free to let us know.

Perversely, to even the balance, after having had one of my cheaper meals in Melbourne, I went out for one of the most expensive meals I’ve had, last night at Vue de Monde, Shannon Bennett’s newly located restaurant. The restaurant itself was well designed and intimate, with a full view of the chef’s team at work, and from where my girlfriend and I were situated we were able to see them pretty close up. There is no menu as such, it’s “menu by design”, they work with flavours that you like and do a set price for 4 courses and 2 courses of dessert. This makes things a little interesting as you know little of what to expect, and get few clues by looking at what people on other tables are recieving. We made things a little awkward by my girlfriend being vegetarian, and not being a big fan of mushrooms. But the food that followed worked totally around our likes and dislikes (I mentioned that I favoured duck, and one course was the most delicious duck that I have had). Between courses we would have palate cleansers; one of my favorite was a basil ice cube with tomato consomme, surprisingly brilliant. The rest of the meal was amazing, service was impeccable, with a sommelier catering to my total lack of wine knowledge with match tasting for each course. Other highlights include an amazing gingerbread cheesecake and truffle risotto, and the attention to detail was wonderful, down to the beautifully designed cutlery. The difference in price from the cheapie restaurant? About twenty times the price per head. Ah well, I’ll be saving up for the next visit….

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