During our last night in Melbourne, my colleagues and I decided to try Pei Modern, which came highly recommended to me. Pei Modern is noted Sydney chef Mark Best's first foray onto Melbourne's dining scene. Pei Modern offers a much more casual dining experience compared to Best's flagship restaurant, Marque. Pei Modern is a modern bistro with a menu that has been designed to make the best use out of market fresh, seasonal ingredients. Pei Modern is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and is located in the forecourt of the Sofitel Hotel.
Pei Modern has its fair share of accolades including one chef hat and Best New Restaurant of 2013 from The Age Good Food Guide, and ranked 29th in Australian Gourmet Traveller 2014 Australian Restaurant Guide.
Mark Best describes the food at Pei Modern as “the food I’d eat at home”. If the food is good enough for a top chef, then I am sure it is good enough for me, so bring it on!
|Salt cod croquettes ($13.50 for 4)|
|Tomato carpaccio & scallop ($21)|
|Spanish mackerel, clams & samphire ($38)|
|Dobson's chips ($10)|
|Leaf salad ($10)|
|Sauternes custard & crostoli ($17)|
Overall, the service at Pei Modern was excellent throughout the night and the food was great, of course. And it wasn't overly expensive either. The meal worked out to be just over $60per person and considering the quality of the food, I thought it was great value. I will definitely be making Pei Modern a regular fixture in my Melbourne trips, just like Cecconi's.
Highlight: Dobson's chips are the best chips in town!
Lowlight: Dark, noisy venue. And white plastic seats are not the most ergonomic.
Overall: Pei Modern is Mar Best's take on the "Parisian bistronomy". The menu focuses on great produce, well balanced flavours and food that is simply done. Definitely worth checking out if you are in Melbourne. 7.5/10 (Great)
Contact no: 03 9654 8545