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Luci

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  • Melbourne
  1. The main dining hall of Luci.
    Photograph: Sean Fennessy
  2. A group of three women dining at Luci.
    Photograph: Kristoffer Paulsen
  3. A waiter making their way through Luci restaurant, a room filled with marbled tabletops and plush chairs.
    Photograph: Kristoffer Paulsen
  4. A table setting with champagne and red wine at Luci.
    Photograph: Kristoffer Paulsen
  5. The dry-aged duck breast served with fennel and apricot by Luci.
    Photograph: Kristoffer Paulsen
  6. The bombalone, a fried doughnut filled with peach.
    Photograph: Kristoffer Paulsen
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Time Out says

Eat modern Australian fare in gorgeous Art Deco surrounds at this restaurant housed in a boutique hotel

Have you ever dreamt of experiencing the grandeur described in The Great Gatsby? If so, that’s entirely possible by booking in for a dinner within the Art Deco-inspired halls of Luci. You’ll enter via the ground floor of the Hilton Little Queen Street and immediately be greeted by a double-height coffered ceiling, ornate plasterwork and decorated columns. The marbled tables, brass light fixtures and plush seating ensure your eyes will be feasting as well. 

The menu is curated by executive chef Sam Moore and features seasonal contemporary Australian fare with some European influences. A five-course chef's selection menu will be available from January 27, but if you're not a fan of a set menu, you can order each item individually. That means you can have as many entrees, mains and desserts as your heart desires.

Start off with an order of the salty and buttery house-baked tomato and oregano focaccia, followed by the fregola made with lobster emulsion and barbequed scallops. It’s reminiscent of lobster bisque combined with creamy tomato risotto, and it’s incredibly comforting. 

If you ask the hotel and restaurant staff what their favourite dish is, the answer will be unanimous: the Macedon duck breast that is dry-aged in house for seven days. Served with duck jus, fennel and slices of apricot, it’s very tender and has all the beautiful qualities of duck without tasting too gamey. Other mains on offer include Kurobuta pork (which is essentially the Wagyu of the pork world), Goldband snapper, O’Conner’s striploin and lamb saddle. 

Doughnut fans should try the bombolone, a deep-fried ring of dough filled with housemade mascarpone and peaches from local farms and served with white chocolate ice cream. The peach cuts through the heaviness of the fried dough, and it feels like a grown-up and sophisticated version of carnival fare. 

The beer and cocktail offerings are quite sparse, but Luci makes up for it with an extensive selection of Australian and French wines served by the glass and by the bottle. And if you’d like a nightcap after your meal, you can also head over to Luci’s sister bar, the Douglas Club

To book in for dinner or breakfast, head to the Luci website

Adena Maier
Written by
Adena Maier

Details

Address:
Hilton Melbourne Little Queen Street
472 Bourke Street
Melbourne
3000
Opening hours:
Mon & Tue 6.30am-10am; Wed 7am-11am; Thu 6.30am-10am, 6pm-9pm; Fri 6.30am-10am, 6am-11pm; Sat 7am-11am, 6pm-11pm; Sun 7am-11am

What’s on

Opera Wine Dinner

  • Food and drink

If it's been a while since you've enjoyed a night out at the opera, Melbourne Opera hopes to remedy that with two nights filled with song, wine and food. On October 4 and 5 at Luci, a restaurant nestled inside the heritage-listed halls of the Hilton Melbourne Little Queen Street, you can enjoy a bespoke songbook put together by MO.  Take a seat within the stunning dining room and enjoy a four-course meal by new head chef Jason Lear accompanied by matched wines. To accompany each course, there will be four live performances by award-winning tenor, baritone and mezzo-soprano performers from the Richard Divall Emerging Artists Program. Tickets start at $175 per person. If you'd like to take part in this enchanting and lyrical evening, head to the Open Table website to make a booking.  Keen on more shows? Here's the best of Melbourne theatre and musicals this month.

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