3185: Australia’s best restaurant

Written by Sheetal. Posted in Food

Last month, Ben Shewry’s restaurant, Attica, was named the 21st best restaurant on the San Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurant list, a significant jump from last year’s spot at 63. Since then it has become the talk of the town (and very rightly so!), so I thought I’d share some photos of my experience at Attica. Mr. A and I dined at Attica last September to celebrate our six year anni! Having eaten at the other three hat restaurants in Victoria (which were each very special in their own way), I must say Ben Shewry completely blew us away with his unique perspective on modern Australian food. We both opted for the tasting menu, an eight course degustation with matching wines. It is quite pricey but it really is a very memorable experience and definitely worth it for a special occasion if you feel like spoiling yourself or a special someone! Each dish was very special in its own right but my very favourites were the slow cooked potato, meat from the pearl oyster and the plight of the bees dessert (seriously one of the best I’ve ever had!) Note that the menu has changed since we ate there but a few of my faves still seem to be on there 🙂 IMG-5 Simple shitake mushroom broth with greens from the garden IMG-2 IMG-3

Walnut puree served in walnut half shell


Crumbed mussels with sea vegetable


Crab and artichoke leaves (served with Keller ‘von der Fels’ Rieslin Trocken 2010 from Rheinhessen, Germany)

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Marron, Leek, Native Pepper (served with Mengoba Blanco ‘Sobre Lias’ 2009 from Bierzo, Spain)


A simple dish of Potato cooked in the earth it was grown (served with Dario Princic ‘Bianco Trebez’ 2009 from Friuli Italy)

  IMG-11 Meat from the pearl oyster pinctada maxima with Black Raddish (served with Mukai Ine Mankai from Kyoto, Japan)   IMG-12

Kumara, almond, pyengana (served with Chimay Grande Reserve 2012 from Chimay, Belgium)

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Native fruits of Australia (servied with Maidenii Vermouth Preview Release from Bendigo, Victoria)

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 Plight of the bees (served with Baumard Quarts de Chaume 2000 from Coteaux de Layon, France)

 If you’re looking for a very special place to dine to celebrate something special, I would highly recommend Attica!! Unfortunately, it’s booked out months in advance (and probably even more so now given its new title), so be sure to get in very  early 🙂 X IMG-20

Chocolate pukeko eggs

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Comments (1)

  • street smith


    Totally inspired to take Dean on a date night here. Thanks for sharing. xx


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