Melbourne might have endured the longest lockdown in the world, but a recent celebration of its multicultural food scene proved its appetite for excellent dining hasn't waned in the slightest.
Star Melbourne chef and restaurateur Adam D'Sylva recently teamed with chefs from his restaurants Coda, Tonka and Lollo to celebrate the city's vibrant culinary culture for one-night only. Held at Lollo within the Marriott Bonvoy in mid-November, the decadent dinner sold out in a matter of days, and for many guests marked the first big dinner occasion out of lockdown.
With chefs including W Melbourne executive chef Jihun Kim, Tonka head chef Hendri Budiman, and Coda head chef and Tonka executive pastry chef Kay-Lene Tan on hand, speeches from each serving detailed the ingredients, heritage and inspiration behind their dishes, delivering true insights into the taste of multicultural Australia theme.
With each course paired with a wine selected by the Lollo team, all the dishes were designed to be shared. Along with stunners like tea-smoked duck breast with Tasmanian pepperberry, Korean-style soy-braised beef with nashi, abalone, gingko nut, namul and kimchi, and Coda’s popular roasted barramundi with jungle aromats, fennel and pomegranate, guests also enjoyed paired wines from the Lollo team.
Drinks included Barringwood Tasmanian cuvée brut; a Deeds brut IPA with lemon aspen brewed exclusively for W Melbourne; and Lollo’s signature cocktail the Karen 3.0, a twist on the Aperol Spritz that adds absinthe and the French ruby red grapefruit aperitif Pampelle.
Limited to 60 people and soundtracked by a DJ all night, the dining experience was a welcome return for Melbourne’s multicultural dining scene. “I think Melbourne is the culinary melting pot of Australia,” said D’Sylva said before the event. His dinner made the case even stronger.
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