Melbourne, often hailed as the food capital of Australia, has a culinary landscape that’s as eclectic as its people. From bustling laneway cafes to elegant fine-dining establishments, the city caters to every palate and every budget. However, with the rising cost of living, shelling out for a nice dinner is a harder pill to swallow these days.
So, to help you still enjoy the perks and social life of dining out without breaking the bank, we’ve rounded up the best set menus in Melbourne for under $100.
On the doorstep of Hotel Chadstone is Pastore, an Italian restaurant focused on small plates packed with flavour. Its lavish four-course tasting menu, priced at a wallet-friendly $99 per person, is rooted in woodfire-fueled cooking and artisanal pasta. Don’t forget to explore the extensive wine list featuring predominantly Italian varietals from local vineyards and a cocktail menu that marries classic Italian flavours with homegrown Australian ingredients.
This iconic eatery on Flinders Lane has redefined modern Asian dining and still remains a favourite among locals and visitors. The menu, a fusion of Japanese, Chinese, and Korean influences, showcases artful dishes and heavenly dim sum. The best way to sample it is through a banquet menu consisting of nine delicious dishes, from prawn and chicken dumplings to slow-cooked lamb shoulder. If you can add on, we recommend the lobster roll — it’s a classic.
If you haven’t heard of Chin Chin, you’re missing out. This staple across Sydney and Melbourne ignites the senses with its bold and contemporary Southeast Asian cuisine. Think Massaman curry to the delicate street food-inspired bites. The Feed Me menu presents diners with the classics, which is perfect for first-timers and returners. Did we mention it’s perfect for sharing? So bring the group.
When it comes to set menus, Cumulus is a Melbourne institution. Before the arrival of Cumulus Inc. in 2008, many features now considered standard in Melbourne’s restaurants were not as common. Think all-day casual eatery with an expansive a la carte menu designed for sharing. The restaurant is tucked away in a historic building on Flinders Lane, serving award-winning plates with a focus on local and seasonal produce. The highlights menu is the perfect introduction to Cumulus. Enjoy a three-course menu, with a few starters such as tuna tartare and Baker Bleu sourdough.
Expect traditional Cantonese meets contemporary Australian cuisine at Queen Street’s newest restaurant. The menu is extensive and filled with delicious dishes such as sesame prawn toast, kangaroo loin, and cured Hiramasa kingfish with salmon caviar. Try the banquet menu to explore the region on a plate. It’s great for large groups.
Take advantage of Dolly’s prix fixe menu, available from 5-6 pm only. Slink downstairs in the new Le Meridien Melbourne, to a captivating underground venue boasting a polished ambience reminiscent of the 1930s, paying homage to the building’s rich theatrical past. The food here is redefining what it means to dine in a hotel restaurant. Expect a menu of classic European dishes, such as beef wellington, executed with finesse. If you can add on a Bombe Alaska, we highly recommend it. The set menu allows diners to try Dolly at a reduced price.