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12.5 / 20

Dexter

Gault&Millau's review

Dexter is bringing inventive American-barbecue cuisine to Preston, with head chefs Tom Peasnell and Adam Goldblatt serving up quality cuts of meat. With a modern fit-out and set against a warm red light and an edgy ‘80s soundtrack, Dexter brings the party to Preston. Take a seat at the long bar topped with an intricate light installation, or dine at one of the tables lined along the wall. The menu is a carnivore’s delight featuring a number of distinctive options not found elsewhere. Start with the meat donuts, rolled in paprika sugar and filled with tangy smoked pork – a savoury treat. Buns are served with your choice of smoked meats, with accompaniments such as Asian slaw and house pickles. Larger dishes come with house-made pickles and rich bone marrow mash, and the caramel short rib is a popular choice for good reason. Brushed with a caramel glaze and smoked, the meat is incredibly tender and falls off the bone. Vegetarians will enjoy the Kentucky fried cauliflower, deep-fried in a spicy, addictive batter. PSST! Feeling adventurous? Try a pickleback … a shot of bourbon and pickle juice! Reviewed for the 2019 Guide

Address

456 High Street, Preston
3000 Melbourne

Contact

+61 3 9973 3577

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Opening hours

Monday 
Tuesday  17:00 - 22:00
Wednesday  17:00 - 22:00
Thursday  17:00 - 22:00
Friday  12:00 - 23:00
Saturday  12:00 - 23:00
Sunday  12:00 - 23:00

Team

  • Tom Peasnell,  Chef
  • Adam Goldblatt,  Chef

Catégories

Children's Menu American Snack

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Yagiz

Yagiz

22 Toorak Road, South Yarra, 3000 Melbourne

Gluten-free Middle East

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Vivace Ristorante
Selected by Gault&Millau Selection
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Vivace Ristorante

317 Bay Street, Brighton, 3000 Melbourne

Italian Vegetarian Gluten-free Dessert

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Tutto Bene
Selected by Gault&Millau Selection
13 / 20

Tutto Bene

Mid Level, Southgate Shopping Centre, 3 Southgate Avenue, Southbank, 3000 Melbourne

Italian Modern Traditional Gluten-free

Literally translating to ‘everything is good’, Tutto Bene is an authentic Italian eatery headed up by Italian Head Chef Nathan Scarfo. Boasting spectacular views of the Yarra and the bustling area below its second-storey vantage point, this gorgeous spot is perfect for a work lunch, pre-theatre meal, or a night out with friends. The authentic menu, specialising in risotto, has a super-exciting, modern spin on classics. Their carrot arancini is shaped like a carrot with activated charcoal and carrot leaves on top – resembling a freshly picked version. A selection of risotto is available, such as capesante risotto, dark black, with scallops and black truffle, or funghi misti risotto, featuring mixed seasonal mushrooms, parmigiano and aromatic herbs. Likewise, there’s a selection of pasta dishes, such as house-made squid ink fusilli, which comes with a calamari bolognese, or there’s a lasagne with a mix of pork and lamb. Fish of the day may be a seared red emperor fillet on a creamy Sicilian oregano puree, crispy kale, capers and a rich, lush lemon butter reduction. PSST! Tutto Bene has a fabulous lunch special: two courses and a glass of Victorian wine for $40. Reviewed for the 2019 Guide

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