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Nine Restaurants Where You Can Dine At The Chef’s Table

Want to watch your food come to life? These Chef's Tables offer an interactive dining experience.

While a romantic booth has its place, sometimes you want to be closer to the action. If you’re interested in having a chat with the chef, or watching your food come to live, opt for a Chef’s Table experience.

Bouche on Bridge

Set in the heart of the Sydney’s CBD, Bouche on Bridge offers a contemporary menu and an intimate setting at its Chef’s Table, adjoining the kitchen where head chef Joachim Borenius leads the team. Originally from Sweden, Borenius grew up picking vegetables from his family’s garden and creating extraordinary meals.

He has worked for Michelin Star restaurants including Heston Blumenthal’s The Fat Duck and has more than 20 years of experience in fine dining. Guests at the Chef’s Table at Bouche on Bridge are served a seven-course menu ($139 per person) with somm-matched wines ($59 per person).

6 Bridge St, Sydney, NSW

The Dining Room

The Dining Room Etienne Karner, Park Hyatt Sydney Photo: Supplied

The Chef’s Table at The Dining Room at Park Hyatt Sydney is set within the main restaurant – yet still private – and takes in incredible harbour views. The modern European-inspired dishes of head chef Etienne Karner use Australian ingredients and the best seasonal produce.

Karner, who is of French and German heritage, has worked in some of the world’s best restaurants including Hotel Vila Vita Rosenpark, a Michelin Star restaurant in Marburg, Germany. Up to eight guests can enjoy the tasting or a la carte menus at The Dining Room‘s Chef’s Table, paired with matching wines picked by their sommelier, Walter Henao.

The Dining Room, Park Hyatt Sydney, 7 Hickson Rd, The Rocks, NSW

Amaru

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The chef’s table seating at Amaru. Photo: Supplied

Just three people can enjoy the view from the Chef’s Bar at Amaru Melbourne. The front row seat offers a personable and interactive experience with head chef Clinton Mciver and his team, while the contemporary Australian cuisine has been crafted to surprise and excite patrons. Those at the Chef’s Bar will enjoy the Sensory Menu which includes seafood, pork, kangaroo and chicken liver for $170 per person.

 5/1121 High St, Armadale, VIC

Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

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The Chef’s Table at Dinner by Heston. Photo: Mark Roper

The name says it all. Created by internationally renowned chef Heston Blumenthal, Dinner by Heston in Melbourne is headed up by chef director, Ashley Palmer-Watts. Palmer-Watts is originally from rural Dorset in the UK and has had a whirlwind career alongside Blumenthal. Now he works his magic bringing to life a historic inspired menu for Dinner by Heston that draws on creativity and research.

Those dining at the Chef’s Table will feel comfortable seated at the semi-circular tan leather banquette set against the backdrop of a mural commissioned of English artist Dave McKean. Up to six guests can enjoy the experience and diners can request a tour of the kitchen. The menu comprises of eight tasting courses showcasing the best the restaurant has to offer.

 Crown Towers, Level 3, 8 Whiteman St, Southbank, VIC

Dining Room, The Lane Vineyard

Just a 35 minute drive from Adelaide’s centre, The Lane Vineyard’s Dining Room is a beautiful setting in which to enjoy a delicious dinner with an inspiring view. The Chef’s Table has been designed to give guests an immersive sensory experience and an intimate insight into the restaurant’s kitchen.

Four to eight guests can enjoy the exclusive menu created by head chef James Brinklow – who started his career at Adelaide’s famous Mona Lisa Restaurant in the ’90s – and matched with wines from the vineyard. Patrons will also hear from the Brinklow and his team and learn the inspirations of seasonal cooking, discover local, seasonal produce and learn about food and wine matching properties, different cooking techniques and The Lane’s culinary inspirations. The experience takes a minimum of three hours and is $125 per person.

5 Ravenswood Lane, Hahndorf, SA

Sean’s Kitchen

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Sean’s Kitchen in Adelaide. Photo: Supplied

Located at Adelaide Casino, Sean’s Kitchen is a New York Brasserie inspired restaurant brought to life by executive chef Sean Connolly. Originally from West Yorkshire, Connolly adds a dash of his English heritage and the principals he learned in his Grandma Esther’s kitchen to his food today.

The restaurant, which opened in 2014, focuses on “simple and honest food”, paired with an extensive wine and cocktail menu. The Chef’s Table gives customers the chance to get up close and personal with Sean’s Kitchen plus the restaurant also has two private dining rooms and a museum of ham.

Adelaide Casino, North Terrace, Adelaide, SA

Bucci Restaurant

The Chef’s Table at Bucci Restaurant is located in the centre of the eatery and right in front of the open kitchen. Set apart from the other tables by the red Thonet Bentwood chairs and three striking Little People chandeliers, the table can accommodate up to 20 guests.

Diners can enjoy the full a la carte menu, the seasonal set menu or a custom menu crafted to guest’s liking by co-owner and executive chef Shaun Malone. Alongside the delicious Italian cuisine on offer, guests can also pick from the award-winning wine list or treat themselves to the cocktail bar.

15 James St, Fortitude Valley, QLD

Vintaged Bar and Grill

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Vintaged Bar and Grill at the Hilton Brisbane. Photo: Supplied

Set in the Hilton Brisbane, Vintaged Bar and Grill is headed up by executive chef Matthew Wood. Having 20 years of experience under his belt, Wood has worked in the kitchens of Vue de Monde, ARIA, and Stokehouse Q.

The Chef’s Table at Vintaged Bar and Grill hosts up to nine guests in chic surroundings with a bespoke menu created just for the event. The restaurant’s menu also offers breakfast, lunch and dinner and is best known for its succulent steaks.

Hilton Brisbane Hotel, Level Six, 190 Elizabeth St, Brisbane

Moda Restaurant

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A dish from Moda. Photo: Facebook

Moda Restaurant is the result of a pairing between chef Javier Codina and front of house host François Le Savéant. Together they have created a menu of rustic cuisine with French, Catalan and Italian influences and the freshest, finest seasonal produce.

The Chef’s Table menu features signature courses selected by Codina himself and during winter, Javier’s Table has been inspired by Tasmanian Truffles and features a tasting menu with a range of seafood and meat dishes for $125 per person.

12 Edward St, Brisbane, QLD

(Lead image: Duck dish from The Lane Vineyard. Photo: Supplied)

Published 01 September, 2017