British chef Heston Blumenthal is regarded as one of the world’s finest. I was fortunate enough to visit his Mayfair venue, Dinner By Heston Blumenthal, in 2015 and The Fat Duck in Bray is on my radar.
Last year Australia received a taste of the culinary master with the opening of Dinner by Heston Blumenthal in Melbourne. I’ve heard it lives up to its UK counterpart.
Blumenthal’s gastronomical delight, designed by local multidisciplinary design firm Bates Smart, is located behind the floor-to-ceiling windows of the Crown Towers with stunning views overlooking the Yarra River. Curved bench seating in a handsome tan-coloured leather fills the main dining space alongside bold lime velvet-upholstered chairs. The timber floors, walls and ceilings are all coated in a dark smoky brown charcoal to create an intimate and theatrical experience to mirror the incredible food on offer.
Like Blumenthal’s food, the restaurant itself has a variety of unexpected details… Upon entering the establishment guests are walked down a dimly lit walkway and escorted through a concealed sliding panel, revealing the restaurant and impressive show kitchen. A private dining room, decorated with bright orange velvet chairs, is kept hidden behind a wall of floor-to-ceiling leather-upholstered pivoting doors for the ultimate treasure trove-like appeal.
Lighting played a huge factor when it came to the design process of the restaurant. Bates Smart alongside lighting designers Electrolight, designed the lighting to add to the theatrical experience focusing the soft pools of light on any surface where food is displayed: table tops, the bar and kitchen. Thanks to these pools of light the plates of food really come to life against the dark shadowy background, adding to the whimsy and elegant experience that is Dinner by Heston Blumenthal.