Allegro Restaurant

Melbourne, VIC

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Words by Stevie Zipper
Photography by Amy Weavell

A sophisticated but relaxed atmosphere, Allegro offers an unforgettable time.

As the old adage goes: first impressions last. This was undoubtedly proven true upon entering The Westin’s upstairs dining experience at Allegro – which is a sublime experience from the moment you enter.

Greeted by professional and smiling staff, I was guided to my table. My chair was pulled out for me to take a seat and a cloth napkin was placed on my lap. It’s the type of services that makes dining here something special, elevating any night out to a new level.

Even before the first bite, the atmosphere was set – sophisticated and classy, but without coming across as pretentious. Being poured a flute of Moët champagne got the proceedings off to an impeccable start.

The menu at Allegro is equally impressive, taking inspiration from all corners of the globe while retaining the flavours of contemporary Australia. An undoubted highlight is the seafood at Allegro – some of the freshest you will find in Melbourne. Their local Angasi oysters are a must-try, paired with fresh finger lime that’s subtle enough to keep the focus upon the carefully selected produce.

Allegro’s Port Lincoln kingfish sashimi is the perfect starter for any meal, with the buttermilk and oyster sauce supporting – but never overtaking – the dish’s delicate flavour. Our main courses were unparalleled, with Burrawong organic duck breast arriving tender and full of flavour. The mandarin crumble complimenting the dish was beautifully prepared and artfully crafted.

While all dishes served were shining examples of flavour and skill in their own right, the flathead with milk-poached salsify, charred fennel puree, fennel pollen and a citrus bur was truly inventive. Both generous and light, it amounted to a celebration of seasonal flavours.

Whether you’re dining out for a business meeting, spoiling a partner, or looking for the perfect dining experience, Allegro will fit the bill. For most, the tried and tested combination of dinner and a show amounts to a perfect night out. If that’s what you’re after, Allegro will not only offer something truly special, but they’ll deliver the service to make sure you leave with a smile on your face.

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