Dinner by Heston Blumenthal - Crown Melbourne
Terrible. Heston’s for Dinner has lost the plot. The old ala carte menu was great. Now they have degustation only, presumably as a cost cutting measure. The oyster was not fresh. The food was confused and generic. The old menu was vibrant, and coherent. The taste of pre prep is hard to ignore now. The waiting staff gear is bad, rolled collars, cheap shirts. I remember the uniforms at least looking like they were bespoke from Zegna previously. I won’t be back. Which is a shame.
I chose this place out of all the other best restaurants in Melbourne to celebrate my husband's birthday as some family members recommended this. I specifically made a special request when booking that I would appreciate if my husband could get a dessert or cake with "Happy Birthday" on it. This is not a big deal as I have had such experiences previously from other fine dining places. It's a shame that this request was neglected. Food was too salty with strong flavours.
A wonderous experience filled with delightful surprises. Staff were extremely attentive and genuinely enthusiastic at explaining all aspects of the food and wine.
The food was excellent, as was the service. The question that remains is, was it worth $300+? Fans of Heston would be familiar with some of the dishes and the use of old recipes is quite interesting. While the preparation and cooking techniques are no doubt intricate, it doesn't have any of the "wow" factor of his original Fat Duck menu, such as snail porridge or bacon and egg icecream. The main meal protein portion size is roughly the same as two fingers of kit-kat. Disappointing for the price.
Great experience to dine in one of the most famous chefs’ restaurant in the world.
Fabulous food. Friendly, informative and professional staff. Thumbs up for the chefs who cook the food up to Heston Blumenthal’s standard. Thank you for the experience.
We loved our overall experience at "Dinner". The staff were very, very professional and added to the experience. They were accessible, knowledgable, courteous and unobtrusive which is totally in keeping with the fine dining experience we expected. The lighting really helped with the ambiance which was spot on. Only one comment about the food, we found the sauce on the prawn "savoury" dish and the gravy on the chicken main a little too salty. Otherwise a totally delicious experience.
The service was fantastic as I suffer with food allergies and the staff did everything to accommodate my requests. We enjoyed every meal and the accompanying wine. Would recommend anyway to try
The staff were very welcoming and went the extra mile to explain the kitchen to my daughter who is a patisserie chef. This was a special treat for her 21st birthday and was an amazing experience. I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a special event. The food was out of this world, and exceptional.
Was a good experience however the truffle dish with chicken was very salty and did not seem balanced
Pasta was very hard
If I could give more than 10 I would, from the moment you step in you are warmly greeted and every need is attended to.. genuine smiles from enthusiastic staff that go above and beyond to explain everything. Heston and his team of chefs are nothing short of amazing, the thought process behind the flavour combinations and textures is second to none. The 10 course dégustation is hit after hit with the hardest thing is deciding what was your favourite dish. Great job to Heston and all the team.
The food and service was impeccable the highlight for me was the kingfish and the tipsy cake, but there wasn't a dish I didn't like.. also a special mention to the house made bread and churned butter I could of eaten just this and be happy!
The staff we knowledgeable and very friendly.
The cocktails were delicious and the glass ware to die for.
Highly recommend to anyone who loves food.
The knowledge of all the staff really set this dinner apart.
We were expecting something special and weren't disappointed. The food was amazing and the staff were friendly and enthusiastic. The wine matching took it to another level, we got to drink many obscure wines that we normally would have never tried.
Refined and elegant, but every mouthful was an absolute 'flavour bomb'!
Exceptional food & service. The degustation experience is one definitely to tick off the bucket list!
Our experience at Dinner by Heston was absolutely magical, from the moment we entered the restaurant (I won’t ruin the surprise!) it was clear that this place was unlike anything we had ever experienced. The ambiance was amazing the kitchen was behind glass and we were able to see the chefs working like a well oiled machine. The Service was immaculate, and the wait staff tended to our every need (even refilling the napkin when you left your seat). It was simply incredible... I’m out of words!
Sorry but was very disappointed... was there at 6 pm and still at 10.30 did not have the desert... very slow service... we ended up leaving before desert was served...
Lots of minor issues ,not good enough for that price and expectation
The 10 course degustation was totally underwhelming. While the chef described the courses as themed, and used a lot techniques in preparation, it was overall too salty. Brined protein paired with over seasoned accompaniments and salty sauces was just too salty for any other flavour to come through.
Very slow food service.
Great food and wait staff
Wonderful experience and journey through a generous menu with exceptionally knowledgeable staff.
We found the food and service outstanding
We booked lunch here for my husband’s birthday & from the moment we walked until we left, the staff were professional, courteous & graceful.
The whole thing experience was just amazing. Even help with the wine selection & the recommendation that was made. All 5 of us enjoyed the same wine!!
Hubby & I have dined at exclusive restaurants but we’ve just introduced the kids to it and they were absolutely amazed. Even my 17 yo had a cheese platter & I never thought it would be something he’d have.
absolutely amazing on every level. Food, service, ambience are incredible
Never fails to impress. Will be back again!
Able to have the 3-course menu and we thoroughly enjoyed all the dishes. Plum meat fruit was wonderful and played with your mind being chicken liver parfait in the shape of a plum. Hay smoked kingfish was so incredibly soft and melt in your mouth. Venison with cherries was the highlight for me as it melted in your mouth. Wagyu beef was not as marbled as we expected and was cooked past medium rare which was disappointing. Both the lamington and tipsy cake topped off a wonderful menu.
Food was really great and cauliflower and the customer service was perfect
Wow! Food was amazing, staff were amazing the whole experience was amazing!
The service is exceptional, the food amazing and always made to feel special.
Great place. Cost is high but if your a foodie then a must do.
Staff were fantastic, food was amazing & wine list was extensive
Dinner by Heston never fails to deliver a five star dining experience. From the moment you walk in, to the moment you leave, you are enveloped by a sense of luxurious adventure. The staff are incredibly knowledgeable and make the experience truly personal with their expert recommendations and interesting anecdotes. Hands down the best restaurant in Melbourne.
We knew the food would be good, but this is next level.
Everything we had was absolutely stunning - presentation, flavour, inventiveness.
Meat fruit, Rice and Flesh, Cod in Cider, Chicken and Cauliflower, Vegemite Ice Cream, Lamington Cake, table made ice-cream.
The wine list is staggering in its breadth and quality.
The service is friendly and attentive without being stuffy or snobby.
Quite simply one of the best meals I've had in my life!
Everything was exquisite. From the greeting at the door, to the choice of table and execution of service. Food was absolutely amazing especially with a matching wine recommended by the sommelier. Staff were also very welcoming and knowledgeable - felt very well looked after.
A little music in the background would have been the cherry on top.
Otherwise, it was a unique and memorable experience.
I will definitely be coming back next time I am in Melbourne
Overall was a good experience with several good dishes however must remark my main (pork chop) was rather disappointing - the sauce was too salty as was the broccolini side we ordered. Given the costs and hype about the restaurant pre visit, we had very high expectations. I made my comments known to one of the staff who was attending our table.
What a magical evening! The food is absolutely spectacular as expected from a Heston restaurant, the wait staff were friendly, accommodating, and faultless. The sommelier that looked after me for the evening was fantastic and I was happily lead by her recommendations to discover wonderful pairings with my meal.
I may be slightly bias as I am a Heston fan, however it was truely an incredible experience. I look forward to visiting again sometime soon.
Pre-dinner cocktails were lack lustre, un-inspiring and overpriced. I expected something magical but they failed to deliver.
Entres and mains were fantastic, deserts were the weakest dishes of the night.
Service was top notch and wine list extensive, though over priced.
This dining experience was something I will never forget, my husband and I couldn't fault it.
Everything about this place was amazing. Service was phenomenal and the staff was genuinely extremely friendly. Food was sublime. Atmosphere was amazing and the view from a window seat is icing on the cake