Being an avid foodie I love nothing more than discovering new restaurants around Melbourne. I don't often make New Year's Resolutions but this year I decided to compile a list of 12 restaurants that I have been desperate to try and treat myself to a new dining experience each month.
With the amazing restaurants around Melbourne, compiling a list of only 12 was no easy task. Without further ado, here are my restaurants for 2012.
January- Golden Fields. Under the helm of Andrew McConnell (of Cumulus Inc. fame) this restaurant has been on my radar for a long time. I have never experienced Korean cuisine before, but I am looking forward to trying the hyped New England lobster roll and the peanut butter parfait with salted caramel.
February- Ezard. Having dined at GingerBoy in 2011, this restaurant has also been begging for a visit. I love Asian cuisine and look forward to seeing what Teage Ezard can dish up.
March- Movida. Spain has long been a country that has alluded me in my travels, but is high on the list of future travel experiences. I have previously dined here a few years ago and LOVED it. This time I am heading back to revisit both classic dishes and hopefully a few new ones.
April- Attica. How many sleeps until the 18 April? I cannot believe I am finally going to experience the brilliance of Ben Shewry. The image of "potato in the earth it was grown" has captured my imagination since I stumbled upon it. I am looking forward to a fun and whimsical experience.
May- Embrasse. As with Attica the images of culinary wizardry from Embrasse have caught my attention. Beautiful dishes focusing on fresh produce, tiny flowers, leaves and herbs. This is French cuisine with a twist.
June- Nobu. Japanese my old friend. Having studied the language throughout high school, I have a fond appreciation of Japanese cuisine and look forward to trying what is rumoured to be among the best of the best. Here's hoping it won't disappoint.
July- PM24. France my other love. Traditional dishes like terrine, meats slow cooked on the rotissorie, creamy potato gratin and classic creme brulee. Ah....nothing like butter, salt and cream to get the taste buds salivating.
August- Vue de Monde. Bringing out the big guns for my 30th year! The middle of the year will be punctuated with what I hope is the rainbow in my wintry bluster. Shannon Bennett does not achieve 3 Chefs Hats without some measure of genius and in its new home at the Rialto this is sure to be an amazing dining experience.
September- Grossi Florentino. I have experienced classic Italian Venetian style at The Merchant a few years ago and I am looking forward to trying the grandfather of them all. Grossi Florentino- Italian dining at its very best.
October- St Katherine's. Ever since my experience at The Press Club last year I have been keenly following the developments of George Calombaris' empire. I have heard mixed reviews of St Katherine's, so it will be interesting to see how this dining experience rates.
November- Rockpool. Neil Perry gets the November spot for his classic steakhouse menu. I look forward to experiencing some of the best beef in Australia and the freshest produce.
December- Jacques Reymond. Rounding out 2012 is one of Melbourne's most famous restaurants, in the same calibre as Vue de Monde. Celebrating mum's birthday where else would we choose but the Victorian Mansion on Williams Road. This will be a degustation to remember; perfect wines matched with the freshest of produce.
Ready set go....the dining experience begins this Friday!
What do you think of my list? What would be on your list?