Secure yourself a seat at Heston Blumenthal's Fat Duck
When Heston Blumenthal first announced he was bringing his Fat Duck restaurant to Melbourne for 6 months food lovers all over Australia started to make plans. Even after the announcement there were still a few questions. When was it opening, how much was it going to cost and how could you get a ticket. Heston has provided the answers, but not everyone is going to like them.
Opening on February 3rd 2015, the Fat Duck will stay in Melbourne for 6 months. Rather than an Australian version of the Fat Duck in Bray, Heston is bringing down his whole team to Melbourne so that the pop-up restaurant will benefit from all of the people who make the original so popular.
No menu has been provided, but it's reported that diners will enjoy a 12-15 course menu. Menu items from Bray include roast foie grass, snail porridge, anjou pigeon, or the Mad Hatter's Tea Party featuring mock turtle soup, pocket watch and a toast sandwich. Heston has said that the food will be in the style and heritage of the Fat Duck in Bray, rather than trying to make an Australian menu. If you're not likely to find yourself in the English countryside anytime soon, this could be your best chance to see what the famous restaurant is all about.
The Fat Duck Melbourne offers a special opportunity to get a peak at the team behind the food. The restaurant will feature a chef's table for four that allows the lucky diners to sit at the pass and witness the goings-on of the kitchen. The restaurant can hold 50 guests per service and tables are available for 2, 4, or 6 guests.
So how much will a meal at the Fat Duck Melbourne cost you? Well the price tag has been set at $525 per person. The tasting menu in Bray is £220 per person, so you're looking at spending an extra $125 to dine at the restaurant in Melbourne.
If you're willing to fork out the $525, you still can't be guaranteed a table. All reservations to the restaurant will be offered through a ballot system. Hopeful guests can register any time between the 8th and 26th of October. There is no first in best dressed. Anyone who enters the ballot during this time will have an equal opportunity to get a booking.
To keep up to date with everything to do with the Fat Duck Melbourne, sign up for notifications on the Crown Melbourne website. There are sure to be more announcements before the restaurant opens in February.
The Fat Duck Melbourne will be open from February 3rd until August 15 2015. Tickets are only available through the ballot system.
Are you excited for the Fat Duck Melbourne? Would you be willing to pay $525 to experience dinner from Heston Blumenthal's world famous team?
Would love to eat at Heston's Melbourne restaurant, such a pity though that he still includes foie gras on his menu. He is a genius with science and food but the barbaric treatment of ducks and geese to obtain their fattened livers has outlawed it in many places. If you are lucky enough to make it to his restaurant, how about passing on the foie gras.
How many starving people would $525.00 pp feed? Do we really live in such a glass bowl that we have to consume over worked over priced, senitized & gastronomized "mother natures" very own morsels. Clever - yes - science - yes -
buy his book and save 100's, donate the rest to human kindness. Feel like you have contributed and not just said "I dined at the Fat Duck".....!