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Drink/Dine ian 4/29/2014

Personally, we believe Melbourne’s two top restaurants are the Locanda Italian Steakhouse at Rydges Melbourne and Blue’s Restaurant at Rydges on Swanston BUT to give praise where it is due – for the second year running, Attica Restaurant in Ripponlea, Melbourne was named Australasia’s top restaurant, coming in at number 37 in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2014 announced in London on April 29.

Attica Restaurant MelbourneThe annual list has been compiled by the votes from 900 industry experts since 2002 and for the second year Attica’s Head Chef, Ben Shewry,was in London to collect the award.

Here is a link to Attica’s website. If you would like to sample what Attica has to offer, they have a Chef’s Table Menu on Tuesday nights. Ben and the team in the kitchen take this opportunity to create and test new ideas in a five course degustation menu priced at $125 per person. Wine matches are also available for an additional $70 per person.

There is also an eight course degustation menu for $190 per person with an additional $115 for accompanying wines.

You probably guessed by the above paragraphs that Attica isn’t exactly cheap and, by the photo, that Ben and his team are doing things a little differently. Back at Rydges Locanda, for example, you can choose from a terrific set menu (two courses $39, three courses $49).

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