It’s quite clear that Hilton Hotels and their subsidiary Doubletree are trying to build something. Platform 270 is the culmination of seeing what Melburnian food culture is like, and producing an eatery that not only fits in with other Melbourne dining contemporaries but also looks to refine this.
Almost everything on the menu has been sourced from within Australia, from organic and free range meat from specialised regions, to the carefully selected wine list. It might be a hotel restaurant, but they’re making damn sure you’re enjoying the Australian, and more specifically, the Melburnian experience even if you’re one of those people who may never leave the hotel.
The restaurant is setup right nearby the lobby, but its design has managed to keep the space feeling intimate and separate, with views of the open kitchen, wood-fire grill and dynamically lit floor to ceiling columns.
The menu presented is varied but focused, and certainly isn’t afraid to encourage people to order something a little out of their comfort zone. Entrees start from the classics with confit Tasmania salmon (with fennel, radish and capers), before throwing in some twists with the wagyu beef sliders (with blue cheese), beef cheek gua bao and our dish of choice; the salt and pepper calimari that was perfectly seasoned and fried. Not rubbery at all – the way god intended.
Mains ranged from twice cooked pork belly (with black pudding in tow), blushing and beautifully slow cooked lamb rump (with salsa verde, and quinoa), crispy skinned barramundi, and is backed up by some impressive desserts in the passionfruit custard tart with (frozen coconut yoghurt), espresso panna cotta with (macadamia and charcoal wafers), and flourless bittersweet chocolate cake (with Berry Sorbet).
While the prices aren’t the friendliest, and comparatively, you’d have a whole host of options to choose from – Platform 270 presents as a pretty good one.
In a sentence: Good hotel restaurants do exist.
Verdict: Would Go Back
Melbourne Food Blogger dined courtesy of Platform 270.