Melbourne is stacked with amazing restaurants, and the locals know that for one to have the staying power it must possess a point of difference or a little pizazz if you will, for it to ensure the title of ‘foodie capital of Australia’ stays with its rightful owner.
Enter vegan ‘steak’ tartare.
The Raddison on Flagstaff Gardens’s restaurant HQ’s on William just recently appointed a new Executive Chef, who has more dishes under this belt than there are avocadoes at Prahran Market.
World-renowned Vishal Khulbe has honed his craft in some of the best restaurants around the globe from Chicago’s Charlie Trotter to his recent stint in Dubai for Oberoi Hotels and Resorts, but most notably at El Bulli, the three Michelin Star restaurant in Spain that has won ‘Restaurant of the Year’ five times.
The latter in fact is where Vishal drew inspiration from for the faux ‘tartare’ dish.
On coming to Melbourne, it was important he drew from the farm-to-table philosophy which is something he learned back in Thailand when he was working for Six Senses Resort.
“[Thailand] taught me the importance of honouring fresh, seasonal and local ingredients.”
And fresh ingredients they are.
As no animals were harmed in the making of this faux ‘tartare’, the dish is built solely of tomatoes dressed in tartare seasonings of Tobasco, mustard and basil and finished off with mango puree that is so egg-like our eyes, tastebuds and brain momentarily all disconnected from one another.
Completely Game Changers approved.
For those craving the real stuff, the menu also offers up some other impressive dishes like Tasmanian salmon served with Lebanese couscous, spinach, tomato pesto, and cumquats. And Victorian spring lamb with barley, roasted parsnip and pea puree.
Let’s be honest, hotel restaurants aren’t normally known for their food offerings so it’s refreshing to see an establishment serve something other than a club sandwich.
And the best thing too about a hotel restaurant?
There is always a barman with an extensive drinks repertoire, but honestly, none are as good as Peter who’s secret (well not so secret now) cocktails Peter the Great, Peter the Greek and Peter Pan, are just as inventive and impressive as the meals that accompanied them and who single-handedly added even more pizazz to the whole overall experience.
What: HQ’s on William
When: 380 William Street, Melbourne
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