Chef of top Australian restaurant Gimlet lists his FIVE favorite places to dine – including the hidden gem that serves ‘the best sushi in the country’
- Top chef Andrew McConnell has shared his favorite Australian restaurants
- Gimlet chef said Tipo 00 serves ‘best pasta’ in Melbourne
- He said Minamishima does the ‘best sushi’ while Flower Drum is ‘best Chinese’
- McConnell also called an upscale eatery in country VIC a ‘must-visit’
A top Australian chef at the helm of one of the country’s top restaurants has revealed his five favorite places to dine Down Under – and three are in Melbourne.
Andrew McConnell, head chef of the upscale eatery Gimlet at Cavendish House, clearly endorses the city’s reputation as Australia’s culinary capital, with its 3,500 restaurants serving food from more than 70 countries.
The award-winning chef, chosen to create a custom menu for the Gourmet Traveler Awards gala dinner on October 27, named Three Hats City Restaurant flower drum the ‘best Chinese’ in the country.
Award-winning chef Andrew McConnell says three-headed Melbourne restaurant Flower Drum serves the ‘best Chinese’ food (dishes pictured) in Australia
Mr. McConnell also raved about Brae, an ultra-luxury eatery in Birregurra where the chef’s ever-changing tasting menu (pictured) costs an eye-watering $300 per person – without drinks
For breakfast, the chef said he can’t look any further than the trendy Collingwood spot of Cibi, where he likes to stop for a traditional Japanese feast with his wife before work.
Mr McConnell said Tipo 00 is home to ‘without a doubt some of the best pasta in Melbourne’.
“I like the simplicity and confidence of their cooking,” he added.
The chef’s selection menu of appetizers, pasta, and dessert costs $85 per person, while single entrees cost between $32 and $42.
How much does a meal cost at Andrew McConnell’s favorite restaurants
Type 00 – Chef’s selection of appetizers, pasta and dessert ($85 per person)
Minamishima – Omakase chef’s tasting menu ($225 per person)
flower drum – Five-course tasting banquet ($130 per person) or a Chef’s signature six-course tasting banquet ($225 per person)
From the farmer – Four-course menu ($120 per person)
brae – Chef’s tasting menu ($300 per person)
Mr McConnell said Japanese gourmet venue Minamishima in Richmond makes the ‘best sushi’ (pictured) in Australia
For authentic Japanese fare, Mr McConnell said you won’t get any better than Minamishima, an award-winning restaurant in eastern Melbourne.
“The best sushi in the country served in an understated fine dining restaurant,” he said.
A traditional ‘omakase’ tasting menu in Minamishima costs $225 per head.
Mr McConnell said he’s been getting his helpings of good Cantonese food at the town’s spot, Flower Drum, for as long as he can remember, calling it “a well-oiled machine with the best service.”
Flower Drum’s five-course tasting banquet costs $130 pp, while a six-course selection chosen by the chef costs $225 pp.
Outside of Melbourne, Mr McConnell said he’s happy to visit the five-star-rated French farmhouse bistro Du Fermier in Trentham, where four courses (one pictured) cost $120 per person
Outside of Melbourne, Mr McConnell said he would like to visit the five-star French farmhouse bistro Du Fermier in Trentham, where four courses cost $120 per person.
He said chef and owner Annie Smithers “effortlessly creates healthy, honest and outrageously delicious dishes” that are some of the tastiest in Australia.
Mr. McConnell also raved about Brae, an ultra-luxury eatery in Birregurra where the chef’s ever-changing tasting menu costs a whopping $300 per person—excluding drinks.
“A lunch or dinner in Brae should be on every visitor’s to-do list,” said Mr. McConnell.