Designed to share and inspired by the robust flavours and spices of the Mediterranean rim, at Prince Dining Room humble vegetable and side dishes are heroes in equal measure to main plates.
Executive Chef Dan Hawkins and Head Chef Dan Cooper’s light, flavoursome, contemporary menu is inspired by hyper seasonal ingredients, always working at the peak of the seasons.
Sourced from local markets, the St Kilda Veg Out garden and a personally curated network of regional growers, producers and fishermen, the Dans select each ingredient with a predetermined purpose in mind, a seasonal value and a local significance.
Making the bold choice to step away from fine dining towards a more relaxed menu and decor, through Prince Dining Room the Prince Hotel returns to play its original role – a meeting place for St Kilda natives, their friends, families and guests.
PDR is a beautiful but approachable space to enjoy great food and great drinks where guests are welcomed as if visiting old friends in their own home.
“We want to bring the Prince back to its roots as an icon that services the local community, and a destination as one of Melbourne’s great restaurants,” says General Manager Reg Lodewyke.
“That means great food, drinks and service with St. Kilda’s signature flair.”
Inspired by the glamour and grime of St Kilda and its eclectic history, Iva Foschia of IF Architecture has created a light, bright space filled with custom furniture. The redesign respects both the Art Deco architecture of the building and the character of the local area without being too nostalgic of the venue’s past.
Foschia has made clever use of contrasting colours, textures and finishes throughout.
An elliptical blackened steel bar forms the centerpiece of the bar space while in the main dining room fibreglass partitions contrast with luxurious banquette sofas providing soft curvature inspired by the Art Deco era.
Images courtesy: @sharyncairns