In this edition of restaurant interior ideas, we are taking you to Melbourne. After the success of The Fat Duck restaurant in the UK, Chef Heston Blumenthal recently opened his first permanent set-up outside the UK: ‘Dinner’.
First, let’s talk about this restaurant’s interesting name. Heston wanted something that represented the menu and was inspired by historic British gastronomy. In the past, dinner, the main meal, was eaten at midday before it got too dark. Once candles became affordable and then gaslight, the time of dinner moved to later in the day. Today, depending where you are, dinner might be served at lunchtime, suppertime or dinnertime. So ‘Dinner’ became the natural choice for its typically British quirky history and linguistic playfulness.
Decorated by Bates Smart, it blends ancient with modern and classic with contemporary. The restaurant is decorated with dark wood, brown velvet, vibrant green and orange velvet dining chairs. The lighting was also carefully picked in order to properly set the mood of the dining experience, allowing details such as food presentation, table tops, bar and kitchen to emerge from the darkness.
A custom illustration surrounding the chef’s table – which allows a view to the kitchen -, was designed by English artist Dave McKean, completing the atmosphere of Dinner.
Located in the third floor of Crown Towers, the restaurant overlooks the iconic Melbourne skyline across the Yarra.
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