A Victorian restaurant has just been named 84th best in the world

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A Victorian restaurant has just been named 84th best in the world

Gimlet. Credit: Earl Carter

Putting Victoria on the worldly dining map, Melbourne's Gimlet has been crowned number 84 in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards longlist.

In some fantastic news for the Melbourne dining scene, Melbourne’s glamourous Gimlet has become the only Australian venue to make the World’s Top 100 Restaurant longlist for 2022.

With celebrated chef Andrew McConnell at the helm, Gimlet at Cavendish House has been crowned number 84 in the esteemed World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards, who unveiled their annual 51-100 list overnight. Featuring venues from 22 destinations, including brand-new appearances from the Middle East, the 51-100 list showcases 50 highly commended restaurants from all corners of the globe.

Keep up with the latest food and booze news across the region here.

Opened in July 2020, Gimlet brought glamour and nostalgia into the 1920s-era Chicago-style Cavendish House at the corner of Russell Street and Flinders Lane. The premium restaurant and bar has absolutely captured the heart of the city, becoming a space for all seasons and reasons, from casual catch-ups at the bar to intimate booths and an elegant dining stage above the city streets.

The menu, like the space, suits any occasion – from oysters and snacks to shared mains of premium wood-fired meats and seafood. Even a caviar service, if the mood takes you. The bar is a haven, almost a theatre – serving classic cocktails alongside an extensive list of benchmark world wines.

As one of the most difficult restaurants to score a reservation at in the city, Gimlet was amongst good company in the Top 100 longlist, ranking alongside some of the most prestigious venues across the world, including restaurants from Buenos Aires, Dubai, Bogotá, Tokyo, London and New York, among others. If you’re planning a trip overseas and want to sample the best in food, this mighty list is worth bookmarking.

The awards’ 51-100 list was unveiled at a ceremony in the UK yesterday, with the Top 50 lineup now in the works, set to be announced on the evening of Monday, July 18 (UK time).

Running annually since 2002, the World’s 50 Best awards are chosen by a panel of over 1000 culinary experts, guided by a strict voting procedure. Only two Australian venues took out spots in last year’s awards, with Dan Hunter’s Brae coming in at 57th and Ben Shewry’s Ripponlea fine dining eatery Attica coming in at number 97.

To suss the full World’s 50 Best Restaurants Top 100 list, head to the website.

To find out more about Gimlet, head here