A finalist in the 'best new restaurant' category for The Age Good Food Guide 2013 awards, Pei Modern is the Melbourne venture of Mark Best, one of the most highly regarded chefs in Australia. It has an all-day bar, dining room and an alfresco area offering a stylish yet casual bistro environment that was great for conversations with friends around food.
Located next to Sofitel on the top end of Collins Street, Pei Modern has joined the City of Melbourne in a delicious event that showcases the abundant local culinary creativity in celebration of Victoria's proud food history and the State Library of Victoria's Gusto! Exhibition, transforming Lionel's Melbourne into an gastronomic adventure.
At 3pm, the entire restaurant was still busy but the service was personable. I ordered the housemade doughnut and single origin coffee organised for Look.Stop.Taste. The coffee was acceptable, better than Pellegrini's but a few notches from Market Lane's. The size of a nectarine, the doughnut was a crusty-fried exterior covering dense bread with a generous berry jam centre. This is definitely the refined version to what's available at Queen Victoria Market. The ratio of jam to dough ensured the right amount of drippy goodness to every bite, but I would have preferred a freshly made warm doughnut. Still Pei Modern provided an excellent afternoon rest stop and I look forward to drop by for a tasting of its culinary quality and techniques.