Conservatory

Happy blogiversary to me! I can’t believe it’s been one year already since I started this blog haha, we’ve definitely come a long way.

Given the significance of this post, I thought it would only be fitting for me to blog about a special restaurant. And Conservatory certainly fills that criteria; ever since I started coming here on my birthday three years ago, it kind of became a tradition.

With a view of the riverbank, high ceilings, plush leather chairs and spacious setting, Conservatory fits right in amongst some other spectacular restaurants inside Crown. A booking is pretty much a requirement, as the restaurant is always filled, no matter what time of day.

There was a cute little bread basket already waiting for us, and some lemon water for us to wash our hands in after digging in some seafood, and thus, the night began.

Conservatory is divided into three main sections; cold meats and cheese, seafood and salad bar; the hot food section, and then the desserts. Here is some of the sushi that was on offer.

Oysters, Prawns, Crab

The prawns are always gigantic, and the meat remains tight and succulent. The crabs were my favourite of the seafood though, the meat was extremely sweet, and although it takes a bit more work, the end result is definitely worth it!

Scallop Ceviche, Cold Cuts, Bocconcini, Duck Salad, Bread, Bread Sticks

I also got some salad and cold meats. The spongey bocconcini balls were delightful, and the sheer novelty of the bread sticks made them fun to eat. The highlight, however, was the shredded duck salad, as the dressing was extremely fragrant, and complimented the duck perfectly.

Prawns, Oysters

The oysters come and go like crazy, since everyone’s obsessed with them. They were relatively fresh, and with a light squeeze of lemon juice over the top, they were ready to be slurped up.

Roast pork, Calamari, Pork Rib, Roast Pork (HK style), Garlic and Cheese Naan, Tandoori Chicken, Pumpkin, Mashed Potato

It was time to move onto the hot food. There was so much to choose from, so I got a bit of everything. The roast pork was a bit dry, but I couldn’t be bothered to go back for more gravy. The other type of roast pork was lovely though, with its fatty meat and crispy skin. My favourite is always the garlic and cheese naan though, because it’s cooked in front of you, the cheese is still gooey by the time I get my hands on them, and it’s seriously addictive, especially when paired with the tandoori chicken.

Roast Potato, Chicken, Roast Beef, Roast Lamb, Green Beans

The second plate was a lot less memorable, just because I was getting pretty full by this point, and yeh, you know when you start eating for the sake of eating? That kind of happened here 😦 I do remember enjoying the roast beef though, it was still pink in the centre, and with some of that crushed black salt, the beef was tender and delicious.

We received two glasses of complimentary champagne since it was my birthday haha.

As you can tell, they take their desserts very seriously here at Conservatory. From chocolate fondue and ice cream, to fruits and tiny cute little cakes and slices, no expenses are spared.

I managed to take 21 desserts, since I was turning 21 HAHAHA I’m so cool I know. Unfortunately, I didn’t manage to finish the desserts, as much as I wanted to. My favourites were the eclairs and the fruit cups.

While we were stuffing our face with the decadent desserts, the waitress placed down a cake for us, also complimentary. It would’ve been a hard task to finish the cake between the two of us on a good day, let alone the fact that we were literally filled to the brim. I did manage to try a tiny little slice, and from memory, it was an orange and chocolate cake.

Conservatory will always hold a special place in my heart, if you haven’t noticed already, I love birthdays. With the incredulous amount of food on offer, Conservatory is definitely one of the best buffet in Melbourne. The service is always on point too, as expected. With a beautiful setting, and even better food, Conservatory is great for any special occasion, or if you just feel like a treat 😉

How to get there:
Conservatory is located inside Crown, which is accessible by tram #96, #12 and #109 from Southern Cross Station.

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Bluetrain

This is such an overdue post I can’t even. That’s probably gonna be the intro for the next ten posts since my backlog is getting pretty insane, but anyway, we visited Bluetrain when my Japanese friend was here, because her and her mum came here for dinner the day before and loved it.

I absolutely loved the interior of Bluetrain, with the windows allowing plenty of sunlight in, a view of the river, and graphics scattered around, it had a hip yet comforting vibe. Oh and the toilet’s amazing, make sure you visit it at least once when you go!

B.T. Seasoned Chips w/ Aioli – $8.00

We ordered some chips to share, because, well, chips are chips, and they make any meal better. I couldn’t really taste the seasoning on the chips, but the aioli was creamy and delicious.

Pumpkin Salad – $18.00

My friend’s mum loved the inclusion of zucchini ribbons – amongst other things – in the salad. The walnuts and sunflower seeds gave the salad texture and added a nutty flavour, whilst the goats cheese made the pumpkin extra creamy.

Prawns, Scallops, Calamari and Crab Meat Linguine – $30.00

The pasta was absolutely amazing. The linguine was cooked perfectly al dente, and all the seafood elements were cooked just right too, something that’s definitely worth praising. However, what I loved the most was the sauce that tied the whole dish together, the simple combination of herbed olive oil, chilli and garlic had such a depth of flavour, and really took the dish to the next level.

I don’t have much experience dining around the Southbank area of the CBD, but I thoroughly enjoyed my experience at Bluetrain! The food was delicious and the setting was beautiful, definitely somewhere I’d return to!

How to get there:
Bluetrain is located inside Southgate Landing, a short 10 minutes walk from Flinders St Station.

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