Gault&Millau's review

A Gault&Millau Australia TOP 100 restaurant Originally from near Osaka, Japan, Chef Satoshi Harada comes to Koko via Marina Bay Sands in Singapore and maintains the high standard of cuisine at Koko. Though it is located in the bustling Crown Melbourne complex, the restaurant re-creates the serenity of a Japanese garden, with tables set around a classic water garden. Koko offers an à la carte menu, a great sushi and sashimi selection, as well as seating at teppanyaki tables where your personal chef cooks for you. An ideal start, age dashi tofu, ginger, radish and bonito flakes highlight silky tofu that is fried to a golden colour and served in a broth of dashi, mirin and soy – simple and elegant. Rekon manju okaki age (rice crust dumplings filled with delicate minced quail with the zesty flavour of yuzu sauce) deliver complex flavours and textures. Gindara hoba yaki (black cod marinated in saikyo miso), beautifully presented on a magnolia leaf with an assortment of Japanese fungi, is a taste sensation. PSST! The sake collection is extensive, and both Japanese and some Australian brands are on offer. Reviewed for the 2019 Guide


Crown Melbourne, 8 Whiteman Street, Southbank
3000 Melbourne


+61 3 9292 5777

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Opening hours

Monday  12:00 - 14:30 / 18:00 - 22:00
Tuesday  12:00 - 14:30 / 18:00 - 22:00
Wednesday  12:00 - 14:30 / 18:00 - 22:00
Thursday  12:00 - 14:30 / 18:00 - 22:00
Friday  12:00 - 14:30 / 18:00 - 22:30
Saturday  12:00 - 14:30 / 18:00 - 22:30
Sunday  12:00 - 14:30 / 18:00 - 22:00


  • Satoshi Harada,  Chef


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22 Toorak Road, South Yarra, 3000 Melbourne

Gluten-free Middle East

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

Italian Vegetarian Gluten-free Dessert

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
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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