Dinner by Heston Blumenthal - Crown Melbourne

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$101 and over
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British
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Notable Wine List
Bookings can be made via Dinner by Heston Blumenthal website. Inspired by 15th century manuscripts, to the fanciful dramatic dishes of the Royal courts of King Henry the VII, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal offers diners a very modern interpretation of historic British gastronomy. What started as an exercise in curiosity by Heston Blumenthal, has resulted in almost 20 years of research and discovery. Alongside Ashley Palmer-Watts, the two chefs created a menu inspired by the tastes and flavours of Britain, from the farmers plate to the royal courts, offering a contemporary gastronomic insight from Medieval c.1300 to Victorian c.1800.
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Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was an amazing experience. Each dish in the degustation menu was prepared with care, was attractive and had carefully considered combinations of flavours that provided a taste explosion. The wait staff were attentive to our needs and were very knowledgeable about each dish and it’s origins. Effort was made to cater for individual tastes and allergies. I was contacted several times prior to our visit to ensure they had all our dietary information.

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Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful night out. Staff were very friendly & knowledgeable. Food was exquisite. Highly recommend.

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Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

From the moment my partner and I walked into the restaurant the ambience of the restaurant and the welcoming of the staff was lovely.
The table we enjoyed our amazing food and drinks had such breath taking views. Our tastes buds hit it off from the first bite, recommendations on the drinks that accompanied the food was spot on. The drinks through the nite we’re of a high quality. The staff attention to detail was impressive.Our HB message specially written on our dessert plate was sweet.

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Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great service and exceptional food. However the set menu was very heavy, each dish competing. The ambiance was basic, no tablecloths, simple napkin and glass, no background music. Whilst I expect this is to push focus on the food, the result was that the food wasn’t presented with a fine dining ambiance.

After the meal my impression was that the whole experience was over controlled and forced. Driven by a tight set menu and wine matching. Result is that we loved some dishes and hated others.

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Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was a fantastic evening celebrating my wife's birthday, made all the more special by the members of Dinner by Heston.

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Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant, attentive service, very fine food, but not the "WOW" inventive and engaging experience we expected from the Heston brand having followed his work for years.

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Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Dinner was simply the best dining experience we have ever had.

My fiancée and I arrived and immediately we were greeted by the warm friendly staff. Each and every member of the team who interacted with us for the night congratulated us on our anniversary. The wine that was selected for us was amazing and the food, while sometimes out there was amazing. The 10 courses were unique and well prepared. The special chocolate mandarin cake they made to help us celebrate on a night was to die for.

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Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

What a wonderful experience, from the moment we walked up the dark corridor to the moment we walked down it to leave the service was outstanding. They made us feel welcome & comfortable straight away. All staff were incredibly well educated on all aspects of the food and beverages on offer. The food was out of this world good & the wine pairing complimented perfectly. Cant wait to return!

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Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We had an outstanding meal served at a good rate by impeccable sraff. Bare tables are set with quality cutlery, crockery and glassware. You can't get better than Zalto. I could have done with a considerably larger main course but the quality could not be faulted. Duck was perfectly cooked with an interesting sauce. Groper was extremly moist and surprisingly delicate. The menu has barely changed in yeaes and no reason why it should.
Wunes are very expensive but cocktails ($16) are reasonable

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Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was a wonderful experience, the service was outstanding. The degustation menu the amount that the diner is expected to pay $295.00 per person is worth the price. The ingredients and the origin of all the dishes, but, without a menu present, (which we had to wait at the completion of the degustation), you could not remember what you were eating. Please bring back the a la carte menu, so the diner has a choice of dishes. There is pressure on the diner to finish off the meals due of the price.

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Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Expected more to be honest. Didn’t live up to the reputation of Heston. Wanted more drama and story interwoven with the meal. Hugely over priced compared to other fine dining restaurants in Melbourne.

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Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic experience. Thank you Heston for bringing the mediaeval cuisine to our table through your modern day creativity.

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Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

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.

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Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

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.

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Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A wonderous experience filled with delightful surprises. Staff were extremely attentive and genuinely enthusiastic at explaining all aspects of the food and wine.

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Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

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.

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Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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.

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Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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.

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Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

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Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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.

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Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Was a good experience however the truffle dish with chicken was very salty and did not seem balanced
Pasta was very hard

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Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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.

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Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

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.

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Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The knowledge of all the staff really set this dinner apart.

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Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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.

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Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Refined and elegant, but every mouthful was an absolute 'flavour bomb'!

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Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Exceptional food & service. The degustation experience is one definitely to tick off the bucket list!

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Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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!

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Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

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...

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Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Lots of minor issues ,not good enough for that price and expectation

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Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 5Ambience 3

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.

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Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Very slow food service.

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Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 2Ambience 5

Great food and wait staff

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Dined on 18 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Wonderful experience and journey through a generous menu with exceptionally knowledgeable staff.

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Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We found the food and service outstanding

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Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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.

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Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

absolutely amazing on every level. Food, service, ambience are incredible

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Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Never fails to impress. Will be back again!

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Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

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.

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Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was really great and cauliflower and the customer service was perfect

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