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Published April 24th 2014
Glorious views, epic service, and outstanding food
eureka 89 review, fine dining melbourne
My husband and I were seated promptly in the Southern Point Room of Eureka 89, an intimate space featuring a custom designed bar and hand cut glass chandelier.

It was an epic moment when our French server introduced himself as "Pierre," in a thick French accent. Very apropos. Pierre assisted us with our seats, coats, and napkins before offering us drinks.

Would we like to see a detailed description of each of the 5 courses of the degustation about to be served, or would we prefer to be surprised?

"Surprise us."

eureka 89 review, fine dining melbourne
We soaked up the view of a red moon rising over Melbourne; dusk settled and lights began to twinkle as Victoria's largest city woke up for the night shift, and we looked on from the Southern Hemisphere's highest viewing platform, through floor to ceiling windows.

According to Executive Chef Michael Hartnell, "Simplicity is the key to great food, but a little imagination gives great dishes that extra edge."

A little imagination went a long way indeed, in the creation of the Autumn Degustation Dining Menu with matching wines (available here in pdf format). Each dish was described as it was served to us on serve ware as unique as the food itself:

MUSHROOM
Cappuccino, focaccia, truffle
Serafini & Vidotto Bollicini di Prosecco NV, Veneto, Italy
7 course menu only

PORK
Sous vide, celery, walnut, port, apple
Marc Brédif Vouvray 2012, Loire Valley France
7 course menu only

MORETON BAY BUG
Roasted, oyster, salmon caviar, umibudo, parsley
John Duval 'Plexus' Marsanne, Roussane, Viognier 2012, Barossa Valley SA

PASTURE FED WALLABY
Seared, sour cherry, pear, beetroot
Spinifex 'Papillon' Grenache, Cinsault 2012, Barossa Valley SA

ROBBINS ISLAND BEEF
Wagyu, braised & seared, subise, onion, shallot
Mt Langi 'Cliff Edge' Shiraz 2012, Grampians VIC

YUZU
Jelly, cherry blossom, lychee, coconut
Pressing Matters R69 Riesling 2010, Coal River TAS

CHOCOLATE
Textures, mint, salted caramel
Seppelt Original Sparkling Shiraz 2011, Great Western VIC


The stand out dish of this degustation was the seared pasture fed wallaby with sour cherry, pear, and beetroot (pictured above). Melt-in-your mouth tender and earthy meets the pizazz of the sour cherry, then back to an earthy finish with the pear and beetroot. Party for your taste buds, I would say, in a less refined review.

The chocolate textures was also unforgettable; ganache, white chocolate, dark mousse, and a powdered, salted caramel to balance it all: divine (pictured below).
eureka 89 review, fine dining melbourne
Chocolate textures
Image credit: Eureka89.com.au

Eureka 89 welcomed us at the base of the tower with a red carpet reception. The experience just went up from there: service was warm and friendly without becoming uncomfortably "familiar"; formal without becoming pretentious.

Complimentary access to the Eureka Skydeck 88 is available to all dining guests (value of $19.50 per adult) from 6pm on the night of your booking via Eureka 89 reception. Parking is available at the Wilson lot at the base of the tower, $5 with ticket validation upon exit.

Your choice of 5 or 7 Course Degustation is available Wednesday through Friday from 6pm, 5 courses: $95 food only, $150 food with matching wines; 7 courses: $130 food only, $210 food with matching wines (Saturday offers the 7 course menu only). Gluten free and vegetarian options available; bookings essential.

Glorious views, epic service, and outstanding food created an evening that will not soon be forgotten.
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When: Wednesday through Friday from 6pm; bookings essential
Phone: 9693 8889
Where: Eureka 89, top of the Eureka Tower, Southbank
Cost: 5 courses: $95 food only, $150 food with matching wines; 7 courses: $130 food only, $210 food with matching wines (Saturday offers the 7 course menu only)
Your Comment
What an amazing review!
by EricaL (score: 3|1639) 1660 days ago
Sounds like a wonderful experience :)
by Fiona Anderson (score: 2|949) 1790 days ago
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