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“Great food, service to match”

Dinner by Heston Blumenthal
Ranked #73 of 4,579 Restaurants in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence
Neighbourhood: Southbank
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Neighbourhood: Southbank
Reviewed March 5, 2017

Firstly finding the place was a challenge. Possibly part of the theatre behind the concept ... locating the entry door. Initially convinced we were in the wrong place, as hotel guests were roaming around in their bathing suits from the nearby swimming pool, we actually found an unassuming corridor and door; which opened up to reveal the restaurant. Décor is as most contemporary restaurants are - open, almost factory like, speckled with some industrial artwork. We were fortunate to have a lovely table adjacent to the window, complete with riverside views. Unfortunately the table was quite small, although this was as romantic as the experience was going to be. The service was initially fabulous, although notably waned through the evening, I think as they became busier. The food was lovely, we had researched prior to visit, through website and colleagues who had previously visited. Food met expectations and was a wonderful experience. I would recommend prior research into the menu, and try something you would not normally have. Beware of combining too many rich/dense menu items though. The sommelier was wonderfully patient and informative. Although not exactly a romantic experience (lighting was very bright, room very open and exposed to the multitude of other diners) The menu was fabulous.

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Reviewed March 5, 2017 via mobile

We had a five course degustation lunch which was delicious. The portion size was perfect. Photos attached. The staff were very attentive. We enjoyed our experience. The restaurant is located next to the Crown pool which is unusual. Many diners were dressed casually whilst others made more of an effort.

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Reviewed March 3, 2017

We have seen Heston on TV and a pioneer in what is called molecular gastronomy.To obtain a first hand experience we visited the Dinner by Heston Blumenhal at the Melbourne Crown Complex. The restaurant had a sort of ambiance and friendliness generated by the staff. The kitchen was visible through a glass partition and an interesting spectacle.The service was very professional and the sommelier`s knowledge of wines available was extensive. We opted for the five course degustation dinner with out the accompanied wines but took sommelier's advice in choosing two bottles of wine.
The food was good, well cooked and presented not the out of this world wow factor we expected.Most of the dishes portions were minuscule, well I suppose that is molecular gastronomy. Kangaroo tail was so tiny, may have been a baby kangaroos tail. One gulp it was gone.The signature dish was meat fruit, it is a mandarin, chicken liver, foie gras parfait with grilled bread. It is a perfect deception, good marketing ploy and a perfect presentation. Meat fruit was a British recipe dates as far back as 1300 CE, The original recipe featured minced pork. The 'peel' of the mandarin fruit shape is mandarin jelly.The parfait is piped into the jelly case, decorated with a green stem and few plastic leaves. We observed the kitchen preparation. The parfait was bit runny and not that wonderful exquisite taste we expected.
On the whole we enjoyed the meal and the restaurant atmosphere and the service . It is very expensive,not for occasional dining but for a special occasion. We enjoyed the experience.

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Reviewed February 27, 2017

We and friends had been really anticipating our first visit to Heston,s. The restaurant is lovely and the service was excellent and very professional. Extensive wine list but a bit hard to navigate with all the different regions listed separately.
But what about the food? Well it was all good, but not amazing. A couple of dishes had a wow factor but generally they were similar to many other good restaurants. Very detailed presentation and competantly cooked but we expected something more.
Pleased we tried it but would not make a special effort to return.

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Thank Michael D
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Reviewed February 26, 2017

Somewhat hidden inside the Crown Entertainment Complex, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal is beautifully decorated and from the moment you enter you are aware of the great attention to detail in everything about the place. The menu is superb and reflects considerable research. The wine list is excellent and the wines definitely complement the courses. The food is beautifully presented and perfectly cooked and so tasty! The staff is attentive and knowledgeable. The seating is comfortable and everything about the meal made this a memorable and pleasant experience. Highly recommended.

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Thank Ron906
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