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ChrisTaylor

Dinner by Heston Blumenthal (Melbourne)

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tl;dr review:

  • Excellent meal
  • A drinks program better than many local bars

 

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Mint Rickey and Sarsaparilla Shrub.

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Roast bone marrow, anchovies, snails, pickled vegetables.

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Rice & Flesh. Amaranth, saffron, curried 'roo tails. Very intense flavours.

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Slow-cooked pork belly with lard, spelt, pork skin, baby turnips and sauce Robert.

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Powdered duck breast cooked in ale with artichokes.

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Sides: buttered cabbage and fries.

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Cider Gimlet and Bloody Mary.

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Brown bread ice cream.

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Sambocade. The centre of the cheesecake was filled with an apple and elderflower jelly. The pears were topped with candied smoked walnuts.

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Ganache infused with Earl Grey. This was served with my coffee.

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Table-side ice cream service: vanilla ice cream topped with your choice of freeze-dried raspberries and white chocolate/hazelnuts/fennel/popping candy.

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Chris Taylor

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I've never met an animal I didn't enjoy with salt and pepper.

Melbourne
Harare, Victoria Falls and some places in between

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ChrisTaylor   

 

Powdered duck breast  = ?

 

Im personably not so keen of really expensive dinning.

 

but ignoring that flaw of mine

 

the dishes you presented here   to me look so perfect and non-pretentious  

 

Id probably find the meal above one of the best ive ever had

 

what is a " drinks program " ?

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It looks like a delightful and delicious experience.  I echo rotuts' question:  "Powdered duck breast?" Explain, please.


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I was curious about that myself, as the menu itself doesn't give detail--and as you can see, everything on the plate is recognisable as food. And so I turned to Google:

 

http://www.sugarednspiced.com/london-dinner-by-heston-blumenthal/

 

According to the above blog, the 'powdered' refers to the brining process. Apparently it's an old word for describing the brining/curing process. 

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Chris Taylor

Host, eG Forums - ctaylor@egstaff.org

 

I've never met an animal I didn't enjoy with salt and pepper.

Melbourne
Harare, Victoria Falls and some places in between

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Looks lovely... I have wondered if I can justify the expense next time I'm in Melbourne.  Can you shed some light on the booking process - is there a waiting list, set time to finish by, etc etc?  And without wanting to be too rude, I'm also curious about the realistic cost of such a meal...

 

FWIW I have enjoyed reading recent articles about both Dinner in Melbourne and Noma in Sydney.  While I find articles about (and by) Rene Redzepi endlessly fascinating, and I totally appreciate everything he has done with Noma in Sydney, I have always thought that I would much rather eat at Dinner by HB.  In other words, I would prefer to read about Noma, but I think I'd rather eat at Dinner by HB.  Obviously the philosophies are totally different and one on hand not directly comparable - but the comparison is bound to be made due to their expense, reputation, celebrity associates etc etc.


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2 hours ago, lesliec said:

Looks like fun, Chis.  Have to try and get over sometime.

 

I take it we're taling tableside nitro ice cream?

 

LN2 ice cream, yes. It's an optional 'post-dessert'. They push it pretty hard and a lot of people seem to go for it. It works out to $15AUD per, which isn't too bad in comparison to some of the shops that make a point of selling ice cream made by this method. I'll pay extra to eat it if I get to sit in an actual dining room in something that's recognisably a chair instead of perching atop a milk crate in a cramped shop with thumping music.

 

Let me know if you make your way over here. Booze shall be consumed.

 

2 hours ago, ChrisZ said:

Looks lovely... I have wondered if I can justify the expense next time I'm in Melbourne.  Can you shed some light on the booking process - is there a waiting list, set time to finish by, etc etc?  And without wanting to be too rude, I'm also curious about the realistic cost of such a meal...

 

FWIW I have enjoyed reading recent articles about both Dinner in Melbourne and Noma in Sydney.  While I find articles about (and by) Rene Redzepi endlessly fascinating, and I totally appreciate everything he has done with Noma in Sydney, I have always thought that I would much rather eat at Dinner by HB.  In other words, I would prefer to read about Noma, but I think I'd rather eat at Dinner by HB.  Obviously the philosophies are totally different and one on hand not directly comparable - but the comparison is bound to be made due to their expense, reputation, celebrity associates etc etc.

 

 

The cost? Nah, I don't take it as rude. Fair question--especially considering the absurd asking price that went with The Fat Duck pop-up. It worked out to just shy of $400AUD for the two of us. We had three courses plus the optional ice cream post-dessert. We had two cocktails each. I also had a coffee. The coffee was a little more expensive than what you'd normally pay in a restaurant but it was the best coffee I'd ever had at a restaurant. Though small, the coffee and tea menu had clearly been the subject of some thought. Price-wise, Dinner works out on par with many of the other 'premium' offerings of Crown Casino -- e.g. Rockpool and Rosetta. We paid half that a week earlier at RuYi, a 'modern' restaurant, and I thought the sense of value there was inferior to Blumenthal's offerings. 

 

My partner took care of the booking, so I can't provide a detailed commentary. A couple months ago we decided we'd like to go there for Valentine's Day. She called and was told both the lunch and dinner sittings were full. We had two options: going on a waiting list or going for lunch on the Saturday. We opted for the latter. I doubt it'd be as difficult to get in on a normal weekend. Your mileage may vary. I think there was a two hour window for our sitting. I think. I say that because we had a late lunch (2PM) and there'd been someone at that table before us. I think they departed early, though, as the restaurant contacted my partner at about 1:30 to inform us our table was ready.

 

As an aside, yeah, if I was offered a 'free meal' sort of deal, I suspect I too would lean towards something like Dinner over Noma. In some ways Dinner reminded me a little bit of Sydney's est. And so far as I'm concerned, that's a pleasant thing to be reminded of. 

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Chris Taylor

Host, eG Forums - ctaylor@egstaff.org

 

I've never met an animal I didn't enjoy with salt and pepper.

Melbourne
Harare, Victoria Falls and some places in between

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Thanks for the post Chris,

 

It's now definitely on the to-do list.


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