A sizeable team of staff works in the glass-framed open kitchen.

Gastronomic showpiece: Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

Through five-metre-high windows, diners look out to the twinkling lights of Melbourne city and the Yarra River.

The Fat Duck’s time in Melbourne may be over but Bates Smart has transformed the space into Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, a permanent restaurant at Crown Melbourne inspired by historic British gastronomy.

A steampunk-like artwork of slow-turning cogs and chains is powered by the kitchen’s rotisserie. Artist: Robert Higgs.

A steampunk-like artwork of slow-turning cogs and chains is powered by the kitchen’s rotisserie.

Behind the bar, a gossamer-thin copper mesh subtly obscures a tableau of fruit and foliage photographed by Romas Foord.

Gastronomic showpiece: Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

Floor and ceiling play a big part in modulating the space. The bar is set two steps up and the service area is two steps down, so guests are at eye height with the bartender.

Gastronomic showpiece: Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

The private dining room can be closed off from the main dining room.

Gastronomic showpiece: Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

A sommelier counter is lit by illuminated ceramic jelly moulds – a nod to Blumenthal’s original restaurant at London’s Mandarin Oriental.

Gastronomic showpiece: Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

Custom furniture was created for the dining room, with velvet and leather upholstery used for the banquettes and seating.

The Fat Duck’s time in Melbourne may be over but Bates Smart has transformed the space into Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, a permanent restaurant at Crown Melbourne inspired by historic British gastronomy.


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