6/1 Nicholson Street
Melbourne Victoria 3000.
Phone: 03 8664 6344
Photographer: Mark Roper
Dinner By Heston Blumenthal
Level 3, 8 Whiteman Street,
We can summarise the essence of Dinner by Heston Blumenthal in one word: sumptuous.
This is an interior that perfectly reflects the ambition of the venue and the chef himself - to transport the diner through a curated experience, one that is simultaneously calm yet exciting. Blumenthal wants everything to be an adventure, but one that engages the diner with comfort: the design of the interior supports this absolutely.
Eschewing the brittle formality that can accompany the high-end gastronomic experience, everything about this interior is "squishy" - to use an oddly non-designer-like word - you sink into the deep comfort of this interior, both literally and conceptually.
The experience begins with the entry, a dark and lusciously finished hall that physically transports you away from the "everyday" and deeper into the interior's embrace. The dining room, and even the kitchen, are all tailored to emphasize the fact that you are somewhere special, and that special things are about to happen. The result is a heavily curated experience and interior that is equal parts theatrical and delightful.