Sunday, December 11, 2011

Vue du Monde, Melbourne, Australia

"Shannon Bennett’s established fine dining, recently reinvigorated in the move to Level 55 of Melbourne’s iconic Rialto. Vue de monde is testament to the belief that restaurant dining can be a wondrous, unforgettable experience and pays homage to classical fine dining in a sophisticated, modern context"

I had the immense pleasure of going to lunch at the amazing Vue du Monde Restaurant in Melbourne, Australia. The 10 course meal, including wine pairings, a cheese course, and several desserts and petit fours was a once in a lifetime experience. Each course awakened the senses and pleasured the palate

Inspired by master chefs such as Carême, Dugléré and Escoffier, Shannon Bennett’s cuisine respects classic techniques and ingredients while reflecting his own innovative style at his Melbourne, Australia restaurant, Vue de monde. His culinary journey began at age 15 with an apprenticeship at the Hyatt in Melbourne under Roger Leinhard, and continued in Europe in the kitchens of Albert Roux, John Burton Race and Marco Pierre White.

In 2000, Bennett opened his first Vue de monde in Carlton, and a few years later opened the current location in Melbourne, where he translates his background in classic French cuisine to an Australian setting. Vue de monde was awarded “Restaurant of the Year” by Australian Gourmet Traveller for 2006 and again in 2007—the first time in the award’s history that it was won by the same restaurant in consecutive years. 

 First Course- Presented on a pink himalayan salt block, then rolled 

Second Course-Smoked Trout with white chocolate and caviar, roasted sunflower seeds wrapped in a pastry with almonds, and lemon gel entree

Albino Strawberries with blue swimmer crab, sage, crumbled meringue

Elegant table settings changed with each course. Fine ornamental silver set on natural elements like beach driftwood and river rocks. The tables were upholstered with kangaroo leather.

Palate Cleansing sorbet

Sorbet rolled in pestled edible flowers and herbs that were frozen and made brittle with liquid nitrogen

Wagyu 3 ways, grade 9

Cheese Course

Deconstructed lemon curd tarte

Chocolate souffle with 1982 Sherry

Hendricks Gin Gels, toasted mint marshmallows, and petit fours

The View from the deck just outside of the bar

Saturday, December 10, 2011

David Lynch Designs

 wire chair' by david lynch, manufactured by domeau & peres
photo: sabine pigalle

the 'wire' series (manufactured by domeau & peres) are welcoming seats 
and sofas in the library lounge, characterized by a curved metal rod that is 
harmonically unjustified in its clustered complexity, positioned under each

 'cinema seats' by david lynch (manufactured by quinette)

cinema seats 
the cinema seats (manufactured by quinette) are the result of 
a special ergonomic study that has been conducted to match a spacious and 
atypical manner to experience the cinema viewing. the seat owns a reduced 
inclination and straightforward geometry to allow the guests a liberated position. 
each seat has its leg stretch pouf, tray, lamp and uncompromised space. 
projected bronze has been applied to the entire support of the seat.

silencio club owners arnaud frisch, manu barron and anthony caton invited david lynch 
to create a 'unique club experience' the result is a new space located at 42 rue montmartre 
that is inspired by and named after club silencio from the film mulholland drive made by 
lynch in 2001.