The hotel itself is situated in Melbourne’s newish South Wharf precinct; overlooking the Polly Woodside and Yarra and right next to the DFO (shopping!) At check-in we were told our room had been upgraded to a King Delux offering city views, which as you can see, were quite magnificent.
The room itself was spacious and included an LCD TV offering all FTA channels plus Fox 8, News & Sports, as well as a King Sized Bed with Pillow Menu. This allows you complimentary pillows of your choice to suit your needs. The bathroom area was especially opulent and included a shower that can accommodate two comfortably.
After check-in we had a leisurely walk into the city enjoying the sites. It’s nice to be a tourist in your own city sometimes. We somehow ended up at the new Zara store where hubby brought me a few more birthday presents. We couldn’t believe how busy it was still; 10 minute line just to try on the clothes! Still, it was worth it :) We caught the city circle tram back to the hotel and upon arrival was greeted with complimentary champagne and strawberries courtesy of the reception manager Ben – thanks again!
After finishing our champagne we headed down to Nuevo37 for dinner. The restaurant is kind of located just outside the hotel but you can get to it via the hotel’s Sotano wine + tapas bar. Neuvo37 has a great ambience but it wasn’t conducive for great photos so apologies for the pic quality – it doesn’t do the food justice. Like most restaurants bread was brought first but at Neuevo37 the selection was a little bit more unusual – they offered a fruit & nut loaf for example.
For entrée I had the jamon (served with a pair of space-age tweezers) and hubby had the beef & chorizo stew. Both were amazing and perfect sized portions. I find some restaurants are tending to serve such large meals these days which makes it difficult to enjoy the whole meal. I much prefer quality over quantity.
For mains hubby had the duck confeit which was served with a chocolate and hazelnut smear. I had the Braised Wagyu beef cheeks with sweet potato, and brussel sprouts.
For dessert I had the hot chocolate and (best ever) churroz and hubby had the bread pudding. He said it wasn’t quite as good as @ChefMrWilson’s but very close.
The next morning we headed back to Nuevo37 for breakfast. I could go on and on about the variety of foods served then (fresh honeycomb & honey anyone?) but I’ll leave that for you to explore. Overall it was a magnificent birthday & I know we’ll be back at the Hilton; sooner rather than later hopefully.