In Where Chefs Eat, a new book published by Phaidon, more than 400 of the world’s best culinary creatives give their recommendations: where they pitch up for a late-night supper, the restaurants they wish they’d opened, where they would be prepared to travel. And wherever they end up, we trust it will reflect their own good taste: be it a backstreet noodle joint or a mountain-top Michelin-starred eyrie.  Asking chefs where to eat is nothing new.

So why not look to our own head, sous, and commis chefs to dish out the insider tips for Melbourne?


Where Melbourne Chefs Eat: Shaun Quade - Restaurant Lûmé

South Melbourne has welcomed a new destination restaurant with the opening of Lûmé. Co-owned by head chefs Shaun Quade and John-Paul Fiechtner, the new venture is located within a heritage-listed frontage former burlesque lounge. Shaun Quade has previously worked at both Quay and Royal Mail Hotel so I was keen to get his perspective on where he likes to eat…

Which restaurant do you eat at most regularly?

Town Mouse.


Auction Rooms.

Late Night?

Gami Chicken.


Eau di Vie.

Cheap and cheerful? 

Dainty Sichuan.

High End?


Worth travelling for?


International restaurant?

Alinea, Mugaritz, Manresa.

I hope nobody discovers…? 

Where we source our cow udder.

My neighbourhood? 

Mörk chocolate, Nth Melbourne.

Guilty Pleasure?

Gelato Messina.

Staff are talking about? 

Tipo ’00.

Wish it was my idea?


Where Melbourne Chefs Eat: Shaun Quade - Restaurant Lûmé

What’s your favourite dish on your current menu?

Lambs blood ganache – rolled in maple oats, native apple jam and riberry pepper.

Why should Melbourne foodies search out Lume?

Because we’re not a typical Melbourne foodie experience.

Where Melbourne Chefs Eat: Shaun Quade - Restaurant Lûmé

Lûmé encompasses two spaces providing distinct yet equally high-end offerings. A low-lit ambient 40-seat restaurant with an 18 – 20 course tasting menu only and a bustling 40-seat ‘speakeasy’ bar with a dedicated food offering.

ContactLûmé – 226 Coventry Street, South Melbourne. Ph. 9690 0142. Website. Instagram.

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