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Crown’s hot new couple – Mr and Mrs Hive

The launch of Mr Hive Kitchen and Bar’s new Spring menu has aptly coincided with Melbourne’s gradual acceptance that summer, and the holiday season, is finally approaching. Located inside the beautiful Crown Metropol Hotel, Mr Hive is abuzz with activity as Melbourne’s foodie elite all arrive to taste the exciting new dishes on offer.

A bar is conveniently located at the entrance to the restaurant, providing guests with a liquid kick-starter to tonight’s celebrations. Already looking like spring has sprung, the sun-drenched dining room features a faux-grass floor and blonde wood tables, creating the perfect backdrop to sample the works of Head Chef Tom Lawson. Lawson, who has trained under Raymond Blanc and been awarded The Age’s Best Young Chef of the Year 2011, has established a star-power in his short career.

Mr Hive is Crown Metropol’s signature restaurant

Highlights of the evening’s menu included Mr Hive’s signature corn bread, which is bursting with fresh kernels and slathered in homemade honey butter. A jicama ravioli, where pasta sheets are ingeniously replaced with a thin sliver of this Spanish root vegetable, are stuffed with avocado, vegetables and micro-herbs. Another standout is a very British-inspired ocean trout, served on a bed of potato and celery salad. Each plate is perfectly paired with bio-organic white wines from around Spain and France for a lovely summery touch.

Berry eton mess

Savoury may be good, but sweet is definitely better. Especially when the whimsically named Mrs Hive’s Dessert Bar is involved. Located in one corner of the dining room, rather than showcasing bottles of hard-liquor, Mrs Hive’s shelves are stacked extravagantly with an assortment of hard candies and homemade chocolates – enough to give diners a toothache from just looking at it. A signature deconstructed bread and butter pudding is made from crumbled cardamom-spiced bread and served with blueberry compote, and a luxurious white chocolate and cauliflower ice cream.

 Aphrodite Vlahos

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An indulgent treat, The Dining Room at Park Hyatt Sydney

After a $65 million revamp, the newly redesigned Park Hyatt Sydney brings a new level of contemporary luxury to the edge of Sydney Harbour. From the hotel’s penthouse suite to the lobby below, the new Park Hyatt Sydney epitomises opulence and luxury. Perhaps a weekend away in their Rooftop Suite is out of the option? Don’t worry. Instead, book a table at the Park Hyatt’s signature restaurant, The Dining Room, and experience an indulgent treat.

Views rarely get better than this

At the heart of the Park Hyatt’s revamp is The Dining Room. Formerly Harbourkitchen&bar, the new restaurant has been transformed in keeping with the hotel’s new residential styling and direction. Taking full advantage of its coveted harbour front position, the simple and elegant interior of The Dining Room boasts four-metre-high floor-to-ceiling windows. Perfect for impressing visitors to Australia, diners can wine and dine while looking directly across Sydney Harbour to the Opera House. And unlike many waterfront restaurants, The Dining Room is equally impressive at night – with the Opera House lights illuminating the water below.

Tamarind and molasses glazed Blackmore Wagyu beef brisket, beetroot and horseradish

The view however is not the only draw card of The Dining Room. When the Executive Chef of a restaurant can rattle off New York’s Daniel, Tokyo’s New York Grill, Beijing’s Aria Restaurant, Paris’ Three Michelin-star Pavillion de Ledoyen and Melbourne’s Vue de Monde, as just a few of the restaurants he has worked, guests are sure to be impressed. Under the relentless guidance of Executive Chef Andrew McKee, the menu showcases seasonal, organic and free-range Australian produce. Working directly with local suppliers, Chef McKee’s menu features David Blackmore’s Wagyu beef, Murrayland lamb and Sydney rock oysters. One of his signature dishes, Charcoal grilled Blackmore Wagyu beef and celeriac rémoulade cannot be described as anything less than sublime while the dessert menu, featuring dishes such as hazelnut dacquoise and caramel mille-feuille with praline, give new meaning to the word indulgence.

An experience at the Park Hyatt Sydney’s The Dining Room cannot be described as anything less than luxurious. However, luxury does not need to come with a hefty price tag: The Dining Room’s lunch menu offers one course for $39, two courses for $59 and three courses for $69, and includes a glass of wine selected by the sommelier.

Anna Lisle

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