Shannon Bennett’s Vue De Monde might be an upscale restaurant, but it certainly isn’t environmentally ignorant. Located in the Rialto Towers, the restaurant presents classical European cuisine while accentuating native ingredients. The venue has also been carefully considered, and Bennett has taken every step to ensure sustainable practices including the use of ventilation ceilings, LED lighting and cold kitchen technology to reduce emissions. The furniture and fittings are all recycled or second-hand, the timber veneers are from eco-forests, and the eWater system helps monitor and reduce water usage.
Many diners flock to Mesa Verde for the tequila and tacos; however, the Mexican cantina is also home to Melbourne’s only rooftop worm farm. Translating to green table, Mesa Verde takes a green approach to waste management by turning vegetable scraps into fertiliser, which is then used to nurture the growth of rare Mexican herbs and chillies. In total, 30 vegetables and herbs are produced on-site, ensuring that the menu, which features plenty of gluten-free options, is as fresh as possible. Mesa Verde also collects and uses rainwater which helps in reducing their water usage.
Mesa Verde, Level 6, 252 Swanston St, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, +61 3 9654 4417
Since 2008, Combi has been serving super food to customers in both Melbourne and Adelaide, and with an Instagram following of 63.9 thousand, it’s clear that more and more Australians are going green. At their Elwood store, you’ll find organic cold pressed juices, nut mylk, raw organic super-food smoothies, super bowls packed with chia seeds, coconut, Medjool dates, Goji berries, granola, yoghurt and other yummy, guilt-free ingredients. Even the coffee is organic fair trade, and the herbal tea is 100 percent organic and locally sourced.
Combi, Shop 1 / 140 Ormond Road, Elwood, Victoria, Australia, +61 3 9531 0084
Renowned as one of the best restaurants in Australia, Ben Shewry’s Attica is an award winner with an eco-friendly conscience. Inspired by New Zealand’s diverse landscape as well as native Australian cuisine, Shewry has curated an evocative menu which portrays volcanos, rivers, bushland and the sea. Using sustainable seafood and ensuring the ethical treatment of animals and livestock, the menu is contemporary and earthy. Try the salted red kangaroo and bunya bunya, wattleseed bread and Gazza’s Vegemite pie.
Attica, 74 Glen Eira Road, Ripponlea, Victoria, Australia, +61 3 9530 0111
Located on Flinders Lane, the Grain Store is a throwback to a time when many inner city buildings were used as shipping storage. With strong traditional values, head chef Ingo Meissner has created a seasonal menu which is simple yet skilful. Inspired by Mother Nature, Meissner sources locally harvested fruit and vegetables that are grown without harmful chemicals to create breakfast, lunch and weekend brunch menus that are nutritious and full of flavour. From the spring pea potato gnocchi and halloumi to the chorizo and manchego omelette, each dish is surprising and memorable.
The Grain Store, 517 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, +61 3 9972 6993
Taxi Kitchen not only champions Melbourne’s skyline with 180-degree views but its executive chef, Tony Twitchett, also supports Victorian businesses by sourcing local produce, including free range beef, pork, chicken and fish, as well as red and white wine exclusively from Victorian wineries. This approach not only reduces food miles, but it also guarantees fresh cuisine. Creating ‘generous, simple, rustic and playful’ dishes, Taxi Kitchen also uses local herbs from Federation Square’s pop-up patch, situated within walking distance of the restaurant.
Chef Matt Wilkinson takes Pope Joan’s paddock-to-plate philosophy very seriously, sourcing locally grown produce from farmers dedicated to organic and biodynamic practices and animal welfare. The Brunswick East café also has an on-site veggie patch in the outdoor dining area which echoes the seasonal menu. The daytime menu offers all-day breakfast, sandwiches and sweets, while the night-time menu features a suite of sharing platters and snacks and main meals which highlight the produce.
Pope Joan, 77-79 Nicholson St, Brunswick East, Victoria, Australia, +61 3 9388 8858