Crown Melbourne is a top-notch culinary destination in Melbourne with many hits in the same complex. Understand prices may be higher because of the premium destination and cost of fit-out etc., required.
Contend that just because a restaurant has a slightly lower than expected score, say on Urbanspoon, doesn't mean that it's not outstanding. Of course, not every restaurant in Crown has been a hit, and we've seen a few come and go. Enjoy all the restaurants we've visited below.
Here are our top restaurants in Crown Melbourne (in no particular order)
Best Restaurants In Crown Melbourne 2021
Rosetta is a stylish restaurant serving classic Italian food at its best. Your Nonna would love it here - usually the acid test of fine Italian dining. And there's a technique here that Nonna might find hard to match.
For a start, the best ingredients are sourced. Enjoyed a selection of Rosetta dishes on a cheerful Melbourne weekday for lunch. We first imbibed Antipasti that captured the best of Italy.
The Prosciutto Fratelli Galloni with nectarine and hazelnuts was delightful - the prosciutto being top-grade prosciutto with superior air drying processes. And the advent of seasonality with nectarine, especially on a scorching Melbourne day, was welcome. The hazelnuts brought a pleasing crunch to the equation.
Yellowfin tuna with roast tomatoes, garlic and lemon, was a highlight of the Antipasti. The Yellowfin tuna was prepared Crudo or ceviche style, with a dressing of oil and lemon Italian.
The small elements of tomatoes and garlic complemented perfectly, and garlic flavours knowing I would be returning to my office in Docklands in due course, but not planning to meet clients.
And then, when firmly entrenched in the Italian comfort food zone, large beautifully cooked meatballs from the waiter. It felt like an embrace, such as the comfort factor. Meatballs baked in tomato sauce was a voluptuous and great completion of our Antipasto.
Rosetta delivered with the Primi Di Pasta, namely the Spaghetti with zucchini, chilli and prosciutto.
Excited to see prosciutto make a return to the table, and this dish was again rustic and indulgent. Perfectly cooked spaghetti combined wonderfully with the prosciutto and the seasonal fresh zucchini. could devour loads of this…
Come to Rosetta to experience a slice of Italy in a high-class ambience displaying loads of culinary techniques while also celebrating "simple pleasures".
Bistro Guillaume is a charming restaurant that thrills with French cuisine with a modern twist. The location is superb next to the Yarra in Crown Melbourne.
The feeling is of space and light due to the high ceiling and large windows. A turn of the century feel with Parisian decor is compelling, although it's not "over the top" in terms of its finery. We enjoyed the relaxed feel of the restaurant.
The World Loves Melbourne visited Bistro Guillaume as part of a Tefal masterclass with Guillaume Brahimi. One of the finest chefs in the land, Guillaume is a perfectionist and love his ethos in the kitchen. Guillaume cooked the best roast chicken I've ever eaten.
This chef loves to cook chicken, especially when he can get his hands on Barossa's finest free-range. Don't buy average chicken, Guillaume says. It's worth paying extra for intense flavours and quality.
And when you cook chickens like Guillaume, the difference is easily demonstrated in his restaurant dishes. This legendary chef also loves his beurre and takes pride in his stock as the base for many dishes.
Come to Bistro Guillaume for Char-Grilled King Salmon, the Leg of duck confit, or try the Berkshire pork belly. Or lash out with the Chateaubriand with pommes frites. But I couldn't go past the half a roasted chicken with Paris mash and chicken jus! Highly recommended.
Visited Nobu in Crown. Come here to experience the influence of the legendary master chef Nobuyuki Matsuhisa. The World Loves Melbourne visited Nobu for a special dinner to impress interstate visitors, amazed by the coming together of Peruvian and Japanese fusion.
There are other Nobu establishments elsewhere in the world, and The World Loves Melbourne was taken by the one in Dubai. Robert De Niro connections are impressive.
So you walk down the stairs into an ambience of sophistication. The fit-out here is lavish and well-appointed. And you are met by a super chic waiter who escorts you to your table…
For first-timers, it takes a few minutes to work out the menu - don't let fusion become "confusion"! Amid the general noise in the place, you need to listen very carefully to your waiter who will explain the state of play.
We enjoy the ambience and whole backlit thing going on... Mood lighting impressed our interstate guests – there's a great sense of occasion here.
The World Loves Melbourne is a big fan of the signature black cod miso, cod that has been prepared for days, marinated, and glazed with miso. An amazing tender dish. The wagyu rib eye with red pepper miso, ponzu and anticucho sauces also packed a punch and was happily shared.
Then for dessert, the amazing bento box action with the gold leaf featured a superb Hot chocolate fondant! With the killer combination of yummy green tea ice cream! The flavours work incredibly together with the sweetness of the fondue and the balancing green tea, which is not overly sweet.
The Atlantic is the premier seafood restaurant in Melbourne. Nick Mahlook (ex Stokehouse) is working wonders at The Atlantic, featuring standout Ocean to Plate dining, and we experienced an incredible caviar tasting.
The World Loves Melbourne has visited The Atlantic several times and has thoroughly enjoyed each occasion. The menu here is varied and a full quiver of stunning seafood dishes.
The Atlantic is a standout restaurant in Crown with a highly credentialed chef and a crack team in operation.
Rumour has it that Crown Melbourne searched far and wide for outstanding American BBQ before teaming up with Kevin Bludso from a famous LA eatery of his name. The fit-out, as with other eateries in Crown, is first class and upmarket.
This is not a dingy BBQ venue but fits into the vibe of Crown Melbourne perfectly. Interestingly when we met Kevin, his passion was for BBQ, not just American BBQ. He was equally passionate about how BBQ might look in Melbourne as well as Los Angeles. Melbourne might have its stamp on BBQ.
The World Loves Melbourne feels BBQ in this city always gets judged on some region of America, but why can't people bring their twist or expression?
So how was the BBQ? The World Loves Melbourne has been riding the American BBQ wave. (In fact, we've been riding a few waves in Melbourne).
Kind of know what's good and what's not. When the first plate of San Antone BBQ arrived, we wondered whether it would be juicy, spicy, melt in your mouth, quality, with the kick, American BBQ? Well, we loved it. A good barometer is whether the chicken is awesome, and it was juicy and cooked perfectly.
We find that brisket often steals the show, and it certainly did at San Antone. First-class melt in your mouth brisket. They asked us whether we had any questions... So I plucked up the courage to ask where they got their meat from? After all, some BBQ places hide behind inferior cuts of meat masked by their sauces basted all over the place, not so at San Antone. The meat speaks for itself. They were not masked. I was told the meat is prime cuts from Victoria's Gippsland. The best.
Delightful host and waxed lyrical with stories from the BBQ scene in LA and his appreciation of the foodie scene in Australia. Was one of the most engaging hosts we've seen at a media event. Pulled us in and engaged us personally through the dining experience.
Rockpool Bar & Grill
Rockpool Bar and Grill is a fine-dining haven in the Crown Casino and is known for its spectacular meat dishes and the culinary genius of Neil Perry. The conversation around here is all about "dry-aged", "grass-fed", "rib-eye", and of course ", wagyu".
Rockpool has a modern fit out with high ceilings, great timber panelling, subtle mood lighting, large artwork tributes to the humble cow, several attractive dining areas and luxurious tables and chairs.
What struck me about Rockpool was the finery and great use of textures. The ambience here is refined yet relaxed. Waiters dressed impeccably attend to your dining needs and are engaging and knowledgeable.
The meat here is sourced from Australia's best producers and dry-aged on the premises. Rockpools are strict about the humane treatment of cattle and have no hormones or antibiotic feed supplements. Rockpool features Blackmore's Wagyu, Greenhams and Rangers Valley meat. It's the best of the best.
Curiously the David Blackmore burger here was such a huge hit that many considered it the best burger in Melbourne. Neil Perry has taken to opening Burger Joint in Sydney with more outlets planned. Wagyu heaven.
Come to Rockpool for that romantic dinner, catch up with friends, and the restaurant is popular with corporations.
Spice Temple is an iconic fine dining restaurant in the Crown Complex in Melbourne that serves sophisticated cuisine that expresses spice nuances of the highest order. Spice Temple teaches us that spice is not just about the heat but balance and subtleties of flavour.
It challenges notions of Cantonese same old same old dishes, and breaks out with imaginative dishes that salute regional China. Neil Perry is the mastermind behind Spice Temple, and he knows how to celebrate cuisine and bring standout flair, as well as deliver a fine dining experience. While we celebrate Chinatown, this is no Chinatown. It's about finery.
Kung Pao packs a punch.
Spice Temple boasts a top-notch fit with excellent timber slats, modern decor, a window overlooking the Yarra and boulevard, and even incense aromas. The ambience was of a silky restaurant. I would describe Spice Temple as spicy and silky.
Spice Temple has developed several famous dishes that thrill. The King Prawn wontons with aged black vinegar dressing make an immediate impression in presentation and your first foray into the spicy sauce that imbibes this dish. The wontons themselves are beautiful, and the style and filling are first-class—thin and elegant wontons.
The combination of flavours and balance was impressive. Dancing on the tongue, this dish was to be savoured. I felt a compulsion to consume the spicy sauce almost as a soup. I'm not the first to do so. Soon my lips were burning, but I wasn't deterred. Sichuan peppers and chilli bring the heat.
Spice Temple is also famous for its numbing dishes. After the numbing bliss of the Prawn wontons, I wondered at my ability to imbibe the Hot and numbing crispy duck. The decision to order a half duck after a solid initial course of the wontons meant this was an indulgent night. Was also keen to try the Hot, sweet, sour and numbing pork with chilli, sugar, black vinegar and Sichuan peppercorn for another time.
Man Tong Kitchen
Man Tong means "full house" in Chinese, which is a place to gather with friends and family. It was certainly popular on this weekday lunchtime with many tables full.
Our epic lunch at Man Tong Kitchen started with this flavoursome Hot and Sour Soup with Shredded Duck. The broth was thick and had spice and sour in volumes.
What also impressed me was the number of other ingredients throughout the dish, including mushrooms and a good amount of shredded duck.
The Peking Duck was a highlight, with a generous amount of Peking Duck inside pancakes. This meal is for 2, so you each get a Peking Duck pancake. I savoured every morsel.
From one highlight to another, we were then presented with the Xiao Long Bao. These dumplings are a specialty at Man Tong Kitchen and other sister restaurants. As always, when you put one of these beauties in your mouth, the tasty soup explodes across the palate. The casing is delicate and the filling quality.
Chilli Wontons also hit the mark, with large wontons and spice nuance.
This is such a great Chinese affordable degustation (for Good Food Month). The Stir-Fried King Prawn with Sliced Mango was another excellent dish featuring large King Prawns plump and juicy flavoured with a sauce, nestled on a bed of mango and salad.
Towards the end of the meal, this was refreshing.
Man Tong Kitchen is presented by Crown as casual dining, but it has the air of fine dining with upmarket well-appointed fit-out and a menu that caters for the high roller.
We were delighted to see ducks re-emerge, this time with a Deep Fried Fragrant Duck with Fluffy Taro. This was purely indulgent. Golden and delicate on the outside and juicy and rewarding inside. The World Loves Melbourne is more than partial to duck and the advent of 2 duck offerings on the lunch menu for Good Food Month was sensational.
Our dining experience finished with this Crusted Milk Custard with Puff Pastry, which we found fun. Chipping away to break the crust, we found a rich but smooth milk custard underneath.
Man Tong Kitchen delivers. It is highly recommended.
The Merrywell is a fabulous spacious restaurant in the Southbank precinct near the Crown that serves up American style diner dude food. It's a stylish establishment that also exudes a sense of fun.
The Merrywell has a modern fit-out, including parquetry floor, high ceilings, funky lighting, sleek bars and a cool upstairs area. The feeling is more of fine dining than a basic diner, but there is a sense of the causal and the finery.
The World Loves Melbourne has visited The Merrywell about half a dozen times and has enjoyed each visit. This has to be one of the most atmospheric places to meet with your friends in Melbourne. You're right in the action here near the Casino. The large windows bring in the natural light and open up to the eclectic world of cosmopolitan Melbourne.
Not only is there a burger wave/trend in Melbourne but a trend towards the American diner concept. Having been to America, I understand the excitement over burgers. I'm grateful we have moved from burgers mainly at fast food joints and local fish and chip shops - to the gourmet offerings of today.
The Merrywell has a simple but pleasing menu with burger highlights such as "The Merrywell" burger and the KISS burger. For $20, The Merrywell burger is a tad pricey on the Melbourne burger scene. Still, you get a large burger with a thick juicy quality meat patty. Delectable cheese melted all over, lettuce, onions, sauce, crispy bacon and excellent tangy pickles. All in a large soft bun. And the burger comes with delicious golden chips/fries.
The Merrywell burger comes wrapped in paper, which is fine, but the burger's juiciness can mean bits of soggy paper can interfere with the burger. Perhaps I'm being picky. It's a hearty quality burger. You'll want to visit often, try the various burgers, and be undecided on which burger is the clear standout. Consistency rules here, and I've found every burger experience to be rewarding.
FAQs About Melbourne Restaurants
Crown Resort's six-star hotel occupies the lower levels of the tower from levels 6 to 32, including the protruding lower southeast wing of the building. Private residential apartments occupy levels 33 to 63 of the tower, while duplex penthouses occupy 64 to 66.
The interconnecting rooms (1 king and one twin) were perfect for my family of 4 (with our two children). Very spacious rooms with a walk-in closet and large bathroom came as a surprise for a basic, deluxe room category. Very relaxed and comfy staying in our two rooms throughout the whole week.
Daily complimentary breakfast at Epicurean is available for two adults. Standard rates apply after that for each additional guest.
The Fire display timing at the Casino Melbourne display occurs every Monday to Friday, starting at 9:00 pm till Midnight. On Saturday and Sunday, the fire display starts from 8:00 pm till Midnight.
It was designed by WilkinsonEyre, standing at 271.3 m (890 ft) with 75 floors, making it the tallest building in Sydney and the 4th tallest building in Australia. Construction first began in October 2016 before topping out in March 2020. Crown Sydney was completed in December 2020.
One of the main drawcards of Melbourne's Crown Entertainment Complex is its diverse collection of top-shelf foodie options.
Crown is big. Constituting its very own neighbourhood, it stretches out along the Yarra River, taking in fantastic views of the Melbourne city skyline. Inside there are more than 40 places to eat and drink, so be prepared to surrender control to your appetite.
Whether you crave dumplings, sushi or steak, you can work your way from pastry stands and pub fare through to degustation menus crafted by world-class chefs and sommeliers.