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About Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, Melbourne

"It is never easy naming a restaurant. On this occasion, I wanted something that represented our menu that is inspired by historic British gastronomy, so I searched for a name that had a bit of history, but was also fun.

In the past, the main meal - dinner - was eaten at midday, before it got too dark. But affordable candles and, later, gaslight saw dinner shift. By the mid-1800s people were dining later. People working in the cities were taking a 'lunch' to work and having their main meal at 5.00pm when they got home, while in rural areas the main meal was still taken at midday.

Even today, depending where you are in the British Isles, 'dinner' might be served at lunchtime, suppertime or, indeed, dinnertime!

This made 'Dinner' the natural choice for its typically British quirky history and linguistic playfulness. If nothing else, I hope it's easy to remember."

— Heston

The History of Dinner

Dinner began in the late 90s with Heston Blumenthal’s fascination with historic gastronomy. The savoury ice creams of the late 1800’s, the theatre of the Tudor dining experiences and the dishes of Alice’s adventures in Wonderland all resonated with his unique approach to cooking. Dedicated to the modern day discovery and evolution of dining he realised that the excitement and obsession with food is no new modern day phenomena. Together with Ashley Palmer-Watts the two chefs created a menu that takes those discoveries and fascinations of history into a new and evolving modern dining experience. Researching 14th century cookbooks such as those by the royal chefs of King Richard II to Lewis Carroll’s flights of fancy. Working with food historians, tapping into the world of the British library and the team at King Henry VIIIth Hampton Court Palace the very modern dining experience of Dinner by Heston Blumenthal was born.

Decorated in dark wood, brown leather, coloured velvets and burnished copper, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, Melbourne elegantly fuses ancient and modern, classic and contemporary. A kinetic art installation, an interpretation of the first automated spit roasts mechanism, invented by the British clockmakers of Greenwich, takes position at the heart of the open kitchen. The same spirit inspires the kitchen, in which state-of-the-art technology sits alongside the slowly turning cogs of the pulley-operated spit roast.

Recognition

  • The Age Good Food Guide Awards Melbourne 2017 Two Hats
  • The Australian Hottest of All Awards, Hottest Restaurant in Victoria, 2016
  • The Australian Hottest of All Awards, Hottest Service in Victoria, 2016
  • Gourmet Traveller Top Restaurants by State, Number 3 in Melbourne, 2016
  • Financial Review Australia’s Top Restaurant Awards, Number 37, 2016
  • ‘Dinner by Heston Blumenthal’ Best Restaurant Design, Eat Drink Design Awards 2016