The Atlantic @ Melbourne

March 29, 2014

The Atlantic, a bustling seafood restaurant in Melbourne's Southbank, prides itself on an “ocean-to-plateâ€� philosophy of serving wild, sustainable fish and top-drawer oysters flown in daily from all across Australia.

The ocean's bounty shines here through recipes that respect their delicate ingredients and preserve the purity of their flavours. â€œWe treat our seafood like a lady. You absolutely can't mess around with it,â€� declares Donovan Cooke, The Atlantic's executive chef since 2010.

Still, for this meal, the restaurant proved that it's no slouch with meat, displaying all the discernment of a well-honed kitchen with this Wagyu bresaola with quail yolk & heritage cauliflower.

Truffled chicken wings with hand-rolled macaroni & broccoli crumbs. A dish that delivers delicious complexity.

The star of the show: Olive oil confit of Ora King Salmon with etuve of spring veggies, diamond clams, artichoke essence, confit tomatoes & soft herb emulsion.

Even the sides are well worth finishing: Crushed kipfler potatoes with parsley, black olives & olive oil, plus radicchio salad fennel with pears & lemon olive oil dressing.

Desserts emerge in sweet succession: Berry cheesecake trifle, featuring raspberry cheesecake foam, cream cheese ice cream, vanilla cookies, strawberry jelly & berry marmalade.

Nougat with Valrhona white chocolate, pistachios & cranberries.

Salted caramel peanut crunch.

The Atlantic
Crown Entertainment Complex, 8, Whiteman Street, Southbank, Melbourne.

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