Published on 3 March 2021
At the new W Melbourne on Flinders Lane in the heart of the CBD, Adam D’Sylva is flying the flag for great Victorian eating and drinking. Drawing on his Anglo-Indian-Italian heritage and the skills he has honed helming such celebrated Victorian dining landmarks as Coda, Tonka and Coda Lorne, he has teamed up with W Melbourne executive chef Jihun Kim to create a menu for Lollo that’s bold, modern and entirely of the moment.
Here he shares his favourite finds from Lollo and from across the hotel as a whole.
Do you guys do breakfast?
We sure do. We do a full à la carte breakfast at Lollo, with a diverse menu taking in everything from brekky pizza to egg dosas. For a tasty classic with a little kick, check out the chilli scrambled egg with roti.
Which of the dishes on the new menu best captures the vibe at the W right now?
I must say the duck lasagne has been popular, as has the red duck curry.
How about a drink?
We have an extensive drinks menu at Lollo and we wanted to showcase the best of Victorian wineries, breweries and distilleries, and also do a few interesting cocktails. The Hot Mess, made with Buffalo Trace bourbon, Amaro Montenegro, pineapple and Champagne, is a real showstopper. Topped with a perfect dome, it literally pops as you take the first sip.
What if I’m here for a good time not a long time?
We’re working on the Lello bar menu right now. It’ll have snappier and snackier options – stay tuned. For a quick snack in the meantime, I’d highly recommend heading down into Curious, W Melbourne’s cocktail bar. They’ve got fantastic share plates and bar snacks designed by the hotel’s executive chef Jihun Kim. His Bolognese taco is my top pick – delicious.
Got anything light and fresh?
The yellowfin tuna tataki comes served with fresh horseradish, pomegranate, coriander and ponzu, so it really ticks those boxes (and has been one of our most popular dishes so far).
What about room service?
The in-room dining menu is led by Jihun, our executive chef. One of the standouts from his all-night menu is the whole-cow burger with braised short rib, oxtail and confit beef tongue – a classic late-night indulgence done with a W twist.
What if I like tasty food but I don’t eat animals.
We're very happy to modify our dishes on request for dietary requirements but we also have plenty of delicious vegetarian options to choose from. Cheese is the star of the show – I love the baked buffalo mozzarella en croute. The burrata with heirloom tomatoes and pounded pesto is another great option, as is the ricotta and asparagus tortellini with silverbeet and hazelnut butter.
Let’s go big. Let’s go crazy. What have you got for me?
It has to be the duck lasagne. It’s become something of a trademark dish and has been popular (which is no surprise, it's awesome and delicious). The serving is also enough for a group of four.
And to close?
You can’t go past the Lollo tiramisù – such a classic, and you can taste the alcohol in there for a bit of a kick. I’d definitely recommend it.
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