Dock 37 Bar and Kitchen
2 Convention Centre Place, South Wharf VIC
Hilton Melbourne South Wharf
(03) 9027 2122
This post is long overdue and it certainly feels like a distant memory since I was having the best time on my staycation at the wonderful Hilton Hotel in South Wharf stuffing myself silly with good food! At least I get to relive it through sharing this post hey?!
Hilton Hotel by the riverside
I was invited along to experience 24 hours of Hilton dining and hospitality starting with check in at the fabulous Hilton Hotel at South Wharf, Melbourne. It’s located right next to DFO South Wharf and close by to the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre. I got a city view room on the 10th floor, which had uninterrupted 180 degree views of the Yarra River and Melbourne city. It was such a stunning view, I could have sat on the lounge chair and admired the view for hours.
The beautiful view from the room
The room was spacious and the bathroom had a separate bath tub (no spa). And the bed. OMG, the bed. I wish I could have taken it home with me! It was a heavenly night’s sleep. Also contributing to a good nights sleep was the total block out (electric) blinds. I LOVE block out blinds. Sleep is so precious to me as I have a young toddler who wakes up early and occasionally through the night, so on my one night away from him, I had the chance for a rare, undisturbed sleep AND a sleep in!! I was totally going to make use of that and was thankful for the complete block out blinds. I also had ear plugs with me to further ensure a good night’s sleep!
The luxurious bed
Dinner that night was downstairs at the Hilton Hotel restaurant, Dock 37 Bar and Kitchen. I didn’t have a good impression of hotel restaurants, thinking of them more as a last resort rather than a first choice, but I am glad to say that Dock 37 Bar and Kitchen has changed that view! Executive Chef Glenn Wright has built the menu inspired by the concept “where sea meets land” and the high ceilings and mostly timber interior lends to an inviting atmosphere.
Dock 37 Bar and Kitchen
There was six of us at dinner so we tried to order different dishes so we could get a real taste of the menu. Entrees were first up. The entree selection was only from 5 dishes, plus fresh or kilpatrick oysters, but there is something for everyone, covering seafood, meats and vegetarians.
Smoked duck breast, slow cooked pork belly and panko fish cakes
My favourite dish was the slow cooked pork belly which came with that amazing pork cracker. Each dish had a number of different elements to keep it interesting.
Left: Smoked duck breast served with a cabbage, citrus and celeriac slaw and a wasabi dressing $18
Right: Slow cooked pork belly on a cauliflower puree with saute mushrooms, smoked vine tomato, a pork cracker & fig barbecue sauce $18
The choice of mains was a lot larger and the waiter mentioned that the grill is very popular, with both meats and fish available. I like a good steak so I went with the 400gm Victoria grain fed rib eye with a mushroom sauce, medium rare. The steak was cooked perfectly and was well rested. You could choose the accompanying sauce from 12 available. I always choose mushroom sauce!
Left: 400 gram rib eye, grain fed, Victoria with mushroom sauce $49
Right: 24 hour pork scotch fillet, served with pork crackle, a peanut caramel jus & rooftop grown herbs $32
A couple of my fellow diners went with options “From the Sea” which looked fantastic.
Left: New Zealand King Salmon grilled then served atop tossed baby carrots, radish, hazelnuts, edamame, fig & quinoa with sauce vierge $28
Right: Seafood linguine – mussels, salmon & pipis with chilli & garlic $29
We finished off with 4 desserts. My favourite was the valrhona chocolate mousse. It was so intensely chocolately without being too rich and was so silky smooth.
Left: Walnut tart with blood peach foam & vanilla bean ice cream $14
Right: Salted caramel & basil creme brulee with sesame cracker & blood orange sorbet $12
Left: Chocolate brownie with hokey pokey, banana coulis and raspberry sorbet $15
Right: Valrhona chocolate mousse served in a jar with popping candy & biscotti $14
We also got to have buffet breakfast at Dock 37 Bar and Kitchen the next morning. I thought it was so great that the buffet breakfast was open until 11am and all the food was still available until the end. Even though I didn’t sleep in as late as I would have liked, I still got to lie in the warm cosy bed and only went for breakfast at 10am. I wish I could do that every Sunday morning! There was a fantastic selection for buffet breakfast, with the highlight being the fresh, made to order omelettes. There was even an Asian section with steamed dumplings and congee.
I had such a wonderful stay at the Hilton South Wharf and wouldn’t hesitate to return for another staycation. You don’t even need to wander far for dinner, just head straight downstairs to Dock 37 Bar and Kitchen for a delicious feed.
Check out the Dock 37 Bar and Kitchen website for their latest offers such as their Good Food Month Bar Hop Event http://hiltonmelbourne.com.au/dock37.
Over & Out, April xx
April dined at Dock 37 Bar and Kitchen and stayed at Hilton Hotel South Wharf as guests of the hotel and PEPR Publicity.