Selected by Gault&Millau Selection
12 / 20

Hu Tong Dumpling Bar

Gault&Millau's review

HuTong Dumpling Bar delivers authentic Chinese home-style dishes thanks to Head Chef Master Chen. The restaurant boasts a passionate team of chefs, who can be seen folding, stuffing and steaming dumplings in the glass-fronted kitchen every day. The restaurant is a cosy hub of activity, and is kitted out with dark-wood furniture, exposed brick walls and warm touches of traditional Chinese decor throughout. It is the ideal place for a casual meal with friends or family. People travel from far and wide to enjoy the dumplings here, but you will find other gems on the menu as well. Pan-fried dumplings have a satisfyingly crispy bottom, and they are not too chewy. The minced pork filling strikes the right balance with regard to texture and seasoning. Topped with slices of spring onion, braised shredded pork with rice is a sweet and sticky dish that is mild in flavour compared to some of the other offerings on the menu. Nevertheless, it will have you reaching for seconds! PSST! Check out the signature set menus with optional matching wines (minimum of two people), or the banquet menu (minimum of eight people).


14-16 Market Lane
3000 Melbourne


+61 3 9650 8128

Web site

Opening hours

Monday  12:00 - 13:30 / 19:30 - 21:00
Tuesday  12:00 - 13:30 / 19:30 - 21:00
Wednesday  12:00 - 13:30 / 19:30 - 21:00
Thursday  12:00 - 13:30 / 19:30 - 21:00
Friday  12:00 - 13:30 / 19:30 - 21:00
Saturday  / 19:30 - 21:00
Sunday  / 19:30 - 21:00


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22 Toorak Road, South Yarra, 3000 Melbourne

Без глютена Кухня средней Азии

Murat Ovaz began his career in Turkey when he was just 15 years old. He came to Australia in 2009 and has had stints at Sydney’s Four in Hand and, more recently, at Tulum in Melbourne, before starting his own enterprise, Yagiz. Located at the bustling end of Toorak Road, this modern restaurant has a touch of Turkish spice and an inviting bar at the front. The contemporary Turkish menu offers dishes that are designed for sharing. Start with a cigar – this one featuring delicious confit duck and smoky salt in a pastry case. The lamb kofta dish hits the mark with unique Middle Eastern spices, house-made pepper paste and teeny bites of burnt cucumber. The biftek – a lean piece of veal topside, charred on the outside and pink in the centre – is served with a juicy whole bone marrow. For something a little larger, try the kuzu tandir – slow-roasted Flinders Island lamb shoulder for two. PSST! Larger groups (10–12 people) can pre-order the whole roasted Bultarra bush lamb and enjoy exceptional Australian produce with a Turkish twist. Reviewed for the 2019 Guide

Vivace Ristorante
Selected by Gault&Millau Selection
14 / 20

Vivace Ristorante

317 Bay Street, Brighton, 3000 Melbourne

Итальянская Вегетарианская Без глютена Десерт

Warm and welcoming, Vivace Ristorante is led by Italian Head Chef Davide Ferraro. Inside has the perfect mix of cosy and classy. Creaky wooden floors, pristine white tablecloths and interesting and unusual paintings of African animals juxtaposed with a wall of Italian frames. You could start with an antipasto board with San Daniel prosciutto and wagyu salami. A plump, round ball of burrata comes with garden tomatoes and a house-made watercress pesto. Lightly fried calamari fritti has thin matchstick zucchini on top, dusted with paprika on a bed of pea and mint velouté. The signature dish is the linguine ai frutti di mare, full of sublimely fresh salmon chunks, prawns, scallops and mussels in a light butter sauce with rocket, olives and a hint of chilli. Heavier mains include a Black Angus pasture-fed eye fillet served with pickles, shallots agrodolce and a red wine jus. Fish of the day may include a crispy-skinned salmon with warm spelt and quinoa and a refreshing cucumber and fennel salad. PSST! Vivace does an excellent lunch special of two courses and a glass of premium wine for $44. Reviewed for the 2019 Guide

Tutto Bene
Selected by Gault&Millau Selection
13 / 20

Tutto Bene

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

Итальянская Современная Традиционная Без глютена

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