Experience No.016 in Australian Traveller Magazine’s 100 Greatest Australian Gourmet Experiences. The Victorian mansion setting might be Circa 1880 but the food at Jacques Reymond’s Cuisine du Temps is definitely this century. Modern, entrée-sized dishes give you more for your dosh at this degustation and Reymond is determined to mix things up.

“Long-term excellence.” – Alla Wolf-Tasker

Like other Australian heavyweights on the food scene, he uses French techniques to bring out Asian flavours. Expect stinging nettle sauce with cottage cheese soufflé or sweet egg dressing on quail, pig trotter and veal tongue. The ingredients are fresh and sourced locally whenever possible but sommelier and daughter Natalie Reymond’s wine selection harks back to the family’s French roots.

The nepotism seems to be working: Tasmanian and Yarra Valley vintages compete with French drops from Alsace and Burgundy to make up an award-winning wine list.

Old world meets new in a space where gilded mirrors reflect paired back table settings and striking streamlined furniture. Melbourne diners are lucky to have this master in the kitchen just ten minutes from the CBD.

Where: 78 Williams Rd, Prahran, Vic. (03) 9525 2178, www.jacquesreymond.com.au

Did you know: Cuisine du Temps is a rare Australian member of Relais and Châteaux, an exclusive club for restaurants and hotels with only 475 members worldwide


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