Go back to the enewsletter Dinner by Heston Blu

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, the chef’s award winning London restaurant, will open a second establishment in Melbourne 20 October 2015. The opening will mark Heston’s first permanent restaurant outside the UK.Located on the third floor of Crown Towers Hotel, the 120-cover restaurant overlooks the city across the Yarra River. The menu offers contemporary dishes inspired by historic British gastronomy dating back to the 1300s.Blumenthal’s fascination with history and gastronomy was triggered back in the late ’90s after reading a 15th-century manuscript known as The Vivendier. The book spoke of a dining experience full of playfulness and theatre, as well as intriguing ingredients and recipes. What started as an exercise in curiosity triggered almost 20 years of research and discovery, with historically inspired dishes appearing on the menus of both The Fat Duck restaurant and Hinds Head pub.When the opportunity arose to open a restaurant in London the idea of ‘Dinner’ began to emerge and in January 2011 Dinner by Heston Blumenthal opened its doors. Alongside Ashley Palmer-Watts, the two chefs created a menu inspired by the tastes and flavours of Britain, from the farmers’ table to the royal courts, offering a contemporary gastronomic insight from Medieval c.1300 to Victorian c.1800. The Restaurant achieved great recognition including 2 Michelin stars.The Melbourne reincarnation will serve dinner 7 days a week and lunch on Fridays and Saturdays. The history and modernity combines in the open kitchen, where the past meets high-tech and guests can watch the chef brigade prepare, using the latest kitchen technology alongside historic pulley-operated spit roasts.Located inside the kitchen, the chef’s table allows up to 6 guests to interact direct with the team, while enjoying an exclusive tasting menu served by the head chef. The private room, which offers dining for up to 10 guests, enjoys clear views of the kitchen, the Yarra River and Melbourne’s CBD.In the creation of the Dinner by Heston menu the chefs worked with food historian Ivan Day, the kitchens of King Henry VIII at Hampton Court Palace and drew reference from the historic collection of literature at the British Library. However, the menu at Dinner by Heston in Melbourne uses these dishes as a framework to celebrate Australian ingredients and introduces historic Australian dishes too, like the The Lamington Cake (c.1900).The bar, exclusively for guests of the restaurant, also marries ancient and modern. In collaboration with Barman Tony Conigliaro, a collection of cocktails has been created, each with a unique historic reference and representing the history between Britain and Australia.Guests enter the restaurant through a 20m dark wood corridor that has its own aroma based on the notes of damp moss, wood smoke and leather. The chef’s table is surrounded by an original illustration by English artist Dave McKean, while the room will display historic inspired sculptures commissioned by Australian artist David Bromley.Reservations for the restaurant open on-line www.dinnerbyheston.com.au on Tuesday 20 October.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more