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.
This weekend was mine and my little Man’s Birthday weekend. It was a weekend full of eating and family. As mentioned in preivious posts, my son and I share the same birthday. His birthday this year is a milestone. He turned 1. So most of my focus was on his birthday. Anyway, who wants to celebrate turning *cough* thirty something *cough*
This year, Easter was quite a hectic long weekend. I had so many plans of baking and cooking up a storm but unfortunately, time got the better of me and didn’t end up doing anything I had planned.
Good Friday was spent at my Mother-in-laws for lunch. Gourmet fish and chips was on the menu. It was light and delicious.
We had dinner at Williamstown Mussels. My brother raves about this place so we wanted to try it out for ourselves. When we got there, there was only one person in front of us and we were told the wait will be 15 minutes. I thought the wait wasn’t too bad. After ordering, the queue became a lot longer. In fact, it was out the door. I bet the wait would have been at least 30 minutes at that point. My verdict? We enjoyed the fisherman’s basket and Hubby enjoyed his “Porky Burger” The fish was fresh and the batter was light and crispy.
So… Here I am again. It’s been a while since I posted anything on my blog. The past year has been quite busy with our Nando’s store and being pregnant but I vow to get my blog up and running again… promise
Deanna’s 3rd Birthday. I baked and decorated her birthday cake. I got the idea from a book called “30 minute kids cakes”. The birthday girl help decorate it.
Mooncake Festival 2009 at Queen Victoria Market. It was actually quite disappointing as there were only a number of food stalls. There weren’t a lot of choices but we were all hungry so made do with what was there.
Little One turned two last July…. where does the time go?
To celebrate we had a party with family. It was a simple affair.
Because it was a cold winters night, I decided to cook two warming dishes.
The first was a chicken curry. I love curry but that wasn’t always the case as I couldnt handle anything spicy or anything with a slight heat. Thanks to hubby, that has changed. I now cook it very often and I have fine tuned my own version.
For dessert, I made a Mars Bar Trifle. Sounds delicious, doesn’t it? And it was. I got the recipe from a newspaper magazine when I was in England. It’s simple to make but you have to be prepared as you need to start it early (or the day before) as you need to let each layer set before doing the next step. I changed the recipe slightly. The original recipe had coffee jelly in it but since Hubby doesn’t like coffee (I know, what’s wrong with him, right?), I substituted it with chocolate jelly. It actually worked well and it looked great. If anyone wants the recipe please leave a comment.
The birthday cake was from Nigella Lawson’s Feast. It was a tropical chocolate cake. The cake has pineapple in it however because it was pureed we couldnt taste it. I think if I make it next time, I will put pineapple pieces in it as well so we can taste it. I guess what gave it the tropical taste was the stickky coconut icing.
Since our trip to HongKong DisneyLand, the Little one is into the Disney characaters at the moment so I couldn’t resist placing a Minnie Mouse on top.