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Sorolla and Bar Triana at AC Hotel by Marriott Melbourne Southbank

We enjoyed a Spanish affair at AC Hotel by Marriott Melbourne Southbank starting with drinks at Bar Triana (including their exceptional Gin Bar) and dinner at Spanish-inspired Sorolla Restaurant.

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Seating 70 people, Sorolla Restaurant is perched upon the perimeter of the CBD and affords stunning views, whilst offering a menu that is a love letter to Spanish food and culture. It's a modern minimalist vibe. Stand out, must-try dishes included Braised sugar loaf cabbage in a carrot coulis Crème Catalan topped with grilled macadamia.

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A seriously sophisticated bar that features a continuation of Sorolla’s sweeping views, pull up a stool at Bar Triana and get ready for a treat. We enjoyed a top notch experience gazing out at the cityscape while being treated to a modern cocktail and bar snacks experience. The entire beverage list is Mediterranean-inspired and offers classic gin cocktail styles such as Martini, Espresso Martini, Negroni, Margarita and well as a homage to great gins from around the world.

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Bar Triana offers no less than 28 boutique gin varieties. From an Olive Leaf Gin to Monkey 47 from Berlin and a hugely impressive range of local distillers, Bar Triana excels in passion and presentation of gin-based cocktails. The bar manager gave us an impressive gin tasting from a special gin cart - before choosing a Patient Wolf Gin classic cocktail (with grapefruit).

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Highlights of our meal included Jamón Ibérico (superbly presented), Tostada de Anchoa (love my anchovies), Hummus de Garbanzos (w chickpea crunch), Empanadas de Patata Dulce y Anacardos, Hamburger (top notch, accidentally ordered but needs a mention), melt in your mouth 200gm Collinson And Co Beef Striploin, Chipirones Fritos fried baby squid, Pan seared Goldband snapper and a surprise hit of Repollo a la Plancha Grilled Sugarloaf Cabbage.

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Our meal was finished off with Churros that we dipped in chilli chocolate.