Thirty Eight Chairs

Gault&Millau review

With Italian Head Chef Giuseppe Di Mauro at the helm, this tiny hole-in-the wall wine bar, originally containing only 38 chairs, has expanded into a classy Italian empire. The inside has recently undergone a major refurbishment and expansion, turning the modest trattoria into a sophisticated dining room. The menu remains concise, but with options aplenty to suit everyone. To go with a refreshing Aperol spritz, starters include I due carabinieri – two giant chargrilled butterflied prawns, served with a fresh salad of fennel, blood orange and cannellini beans. Calamari alla griglia is perfectly charred with a crisp celery salad. For a table to share the Italian tagliere salumi leaves the chefs to provide their daily selection of cured meats. House-made pasta may include maccheroni with a rich slow-cooked duck ragu, porcini mushrooms and shaved pecorino cheese, or choose a vegetarian pasta option: a delightful and plump pumpkin, ricotta and sage ravioli has an amaretti crumb. PSST! Be indulgent and splurge on their premium Italian wines, which are available by the glass, thanks to international wine vats that seal the wines to make them last longer. Reviewed for the 2019 Guide


4a Bond Street, South Yarra
3000 Melbourne


+61 3 9827 5553

Web site

Opening hours

Monday  / 17:30 - 22:00
Tuesday  12:00 - 15:30 / 17:30 - 22:00
Wednesday  12:00 - 15:30 / 17:30 - 22:00
Thursday  12:00 - 15:30 / 17:30 - 22:00
Friday  12:00 - 15:30 / 17:30 - 22:00
Saturday  / 12:00 - 22:30
Sunday  / 12:00 - 22:30


Some other adresses



22 Toorak Road, South Yarra, 3000 Melbourne

Glutenvrij Midden Oosten

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

Vue de monde
Selected by Gault&Millau Selection
19 / 20

Vue de monde

Level 55, Rialto, 525 Collins Street, Melbourne, 3000 Melbourne

Modern Australisch Dessert Glutenvrij

A Gault&Millau Australia TOP 100 restaurant UPDATE: In late February 2019, Hugh Allen (winner of the 2015 Gault&Millau Potentialist of the Year) was appointed as Executive Chef at Vue de monde. Prodigiously talented Executive Chef Justin James, with both Eleven Madison Park and noma on his résumé, now leads the kitchen team at Shannon Bennett’s Vue de monde. The stellar view from Rialto’s 55th floor sparkles like a diamond; however, it is not long before the exceptional team of hospitality professionals at Vue draw you back to the beauty that is on your plate. The chef’s tasting menu commences with a series of snacks ranging from exquisite winter vegetables smoked in paperbark to a sublime mud crab snag with kohlrabi and tarragon. The divine marron showcased two ways features Jerusalem artichoke, with Geraldton wax and desert lime as the switch-up, and is flawlessly executed. Exquisite potato cylinders, with smoked eel, watercress emulsion and garnished with Yarra Valley salmon roe, hit the mark for innovation. The memorable David Blackmore Wagyu tongue, garnished with lashings of truffle, elevates offal to a new level, while the tender suckling pig, served within a cabbage with Dijon mustard and kimchi, delivers another dish with superb texture and balance. PSST! Start your evening in the stunning Lui Bar. Reviewed for the 2019 Guide

Vivace Ristorante
Selected by Gault&Millau Selection
14 / 20

Vivace Ristorante

317 Bay Street, Brighton, 3000 Melbourne

Italiaans Vegetarisch Glutenvrij 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