Old-world grandeur meets modern Australian cuisine at Alluvial Restaurant, located between Collins Street’s Rialto and Winfield buildings. Once a laneway, Alluvial Restaurant is now a soaring glass atrium, running all the way from Collins Street to Flinders Lane. Embracing its history, Alluvial Restaurant takes inspiration from Melbourne’s many diverse cultures and brings them to life through food.
Head chef Tijn Bremmers dishes out a modern Australian menu that incorporates local ingredients from some of Melbourne’s best producers as well as fresh herbs and honey harvested from the hotel’s rooftop garden. The day begins with a buffet breakfast, and moves into a lunch menu that features Jerusalem artichoke risotto, Clare Valley sirloin steak and a char-grilled Aussie burger served on a sesame brioche bun.
For dinner, start with the kingfish ceviche and the Bruny Island oysters that you can devour alongside cucumber jelly, sea veggies and granny smith sorbet. There’s the Morton Bay Bugs that come with a crispy chicken skin and a mild, melt-in-your-mouth pumpkin ravioli, and seafood lovers can also jump on the squid ink linguine, served with heirloom tomatoes and crayfish butter.
Don’t skimp on dessert, especially Alluvial Restaurant’s signature 59.8 per cent Belgian chocolate sphere, served theatrically by a waiter who pours hot caramel sauce to break and melt the sphere into a liquid dream of chocolate, caramel and tart raspberry sorbet.
Alluvial Restaurant is open for a buffet breakfast from 6.30 to 10.30am (11am Saturday and Sunday), lunch from noon to 3pm Monday to Saturday and dinner from 6pm until late daily. High tea runs from 2.30 to 4.30pm Saturday and Sunday.