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French chef Nic Poleart is an artist, turning out flower-strewn dishes like sweetbreads: those creamy little organs, smoked, caramelised and nestled in a forest of foraged herbs and ’shrooms. Carlton.
Rock star tapas in a soft-lit bodega, with the best Spanish vino. Expect to drop $4-$15 every time you open your mouth to rich, fatty slips of air-dried wagyu paired with poached egg and truffle foam. Melbourne.
On Mondays tapas cost $8 a plate, so get some ‘Barthelona’ charm for cheap. Sweet meatballs, crisp shelled arancini and a teetering mound of patatas bravas (the original spicy fries) will do it. Williamstown.
At chef Guy Grossi’s ristorante they charge your glass with a sacrificial drop from the bottle. The rituals are impressive, the room is lavishly decked out with tapestries, and your lobster ravioli entrée costs $48. Melbourne.
Meanwhile, downstairs, butler-like discretion gives way to a little Italian braggadocio, and the pumpkin tortellini topple with natural ease onto the plate. Slop your sauce onto the table at will! Melbourne.