The Atlantic Restaurant Making Waves in Crown
With a relatively new chef Nick Mahlook (ex Stokehouse) and a fresh menu, we were invited to experience The Atlantic for a standout Ocean to Plate dinner and a stunning caviar tasting.
The World Loves Melbourne can point to some epic meals in the past and we have always loved The Atlantic, and feel the current offerings are of the highest excellence. The Ocean to Plate dinner fired both the imagination and the tastebuds, and we were highly impressed.
Top notch caviar and champagne was the order of the day. A great way to enjoy caviar is to ingest off the hand as above. Hey, you need more caviar in your life!
Visit The Atlantic for a fabulous caviar experience featuring delicious and refined European caviar. I love a creamy and nutty nuance and the eggs to be small.
The caviar selection includes (served with crème fraîche, chives, blinis) -
Tastes of the Ocean featuring chef's daily selection from the cold and raw menu. Presented as sashimi this dish has proved to be a smash hit at The Atlantic, featuring on this occasion Hiramasa Kingfish, Ora King Salmon and Yellowfin Tuna. Each of the fish selection was treated uniquely and the concept of three kinds of sashimi fish is fantastic.
Top notch dining and beautifully presented. Locally sourced delicious seafood.
Nick Mahlook told us of his connection to Lakes Entrance over the years; his passion is for the local, seasonal and sustainable.
This was a first class evening and our table was hosted by Hatem Saleh CEO, who brings an impeccable standard and excellence as well as conviviality to The Atlantic. The Atlantic is also highly geared for customers who are staying in Crown.
Pan Fried Scallops including butternut pumpkin, guanciale, sunflower seed dressing. Again, this was a beautifully prepared dish which highlighted the slightly sweet scallops paired wonderfully with the creamy butternut pumpkin and the surprising but exciting meat component of guanciale.
Chef Nick Mahlook brings simplicity but with flair and technique, as well as showcasing the freshest product. You feel you're celebrating a special occasion with food presented so artistically and with such compelling flavours and textures.
All through the dinner the Sommelier Aleksandar (Alek) Jeremic served up some brilliant wine pairings. I thought he was particularly talented and has a background on International Cruise Liners, and specialises in all aspects of wine. He was born into a winemaking family in Serbia.
My favourite pairing of the night was the 2013 Curly Flat Pinot Noir with the Roasted John Dory. Bravo Aleksandar.
Roasted John Dory with mussels, diamond clams, rouille, potatoes was another stunning dish with elegant and rustic appeal.
Crispy skin on the outside and bright white flesh inside with slightly sweet nuance.
The dish looked equally appealing from above.
Sides here also hit the mark. When added to the Roasted John Dory it looked so pretty (below).
Snickers Bar Parfait featuring Valrhona chocolate, roasted peanuts, salted caramel was a playful and delicious dessert.
Then it was down to The Den where we enjoyed cocktails. One of the premier cocktail bars in the Melbourne CBD.
The Atlantic captured my imagination and brought the best out of premium seafood. The whole experience was excellent from A grade service to the Sommelier to the stunning dishes from extremely talented young Executive Chef Nick Mahlook.