Gastrology recently joined Mercure Melbourne Treasury Gardens for a Friday footy affair with pre-game beers and dinner at Mercure's new Hop Sing Bar and Food, followed by the Richmond vs Collingwood game at the MCG and a luxurious stay in one of their rooms.
4.30 – 5.30pm Check-in
We arrived at the Mercure Melbourne Treasury Gardens and checked into your accommodation. Mercure Melbourne Treasury Gardens is primly positioned just moments away from the bustling CBD, Melbourne’s premier sporing arena the MCG and the city’s picturesque Treasury Gardens, making it ideal for both business and leisure travellers. In harmony with people and places, the room design reflects the hotel’s location with black and white photography of Melbourne architecture and landmarks emblazoned on the bed heads. Room rates start from $158 per night. Mercure Privilege Rooms start from $215 per night and come with complimentary wifi, Nespresso coffee machine, gourmet slice, bottled water, newspaper, bathrobe and slippers all inclusive.
6.15pm Dinner at Hop Sing Bar and Food
Mercure Melbourne Treasury Gardens has unveiled its new look restaurant ‘Hop Sing Bar and Food’, serving up an Asian-infused hawker style menu perfect for sharing.
With relaxing views of Treasury Gardens complementing the superb cuisine, Hop Sing Bar and Food is the perfect dining spot for business breakfasts, pre-theatre dinners, family meals and a pre-footy feed. The restaurant’s new Asian infused menu is designed for sharing and pairs perfectly with the extensive collection of Australian wines on offer.
The space, previously known as Lime Restaurant, has been completely redesigned with recycled timber furnishings, commissioned artworks and a signature ‘green wall’ with vertically draped foliage and wall to ceiling windows showcasing panoramic views over Treasury Gardens and the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).
Hop Sing Bar and Food’s refresh is designed around the new menu crafted by Executive Sunny Singh. Singh’s menu offers guests a taste of Asia featuring grilled chicken satay with peanut sauce, pan fried shitake and oyster mushroom dumplings with Sichuan chilli oil and beef and lemongrass wrapped in betel leaf with nuoc cham.
Our favourite starter, the Singapore chilli soft shell crab and steamed baos was outstanding. We loved the ethereally light and crispy batter which encased firm sweet crab. The addition of kimchi was a masterstroke which added a delightful tartness and depth of flavour to the bao.
The main affair delights with panroasted rockling fillet, chilli jam, kaffir lime tomato broth and wagyu rump beef in gomadare sesame sauce and kimchi. The Malay style rendang curry of lamb leg in coconut and aromatics was of particular note and wonderfully decadent. The full-bodied, pungent rendang gravy paired beautifully with melt-in-your-mouth morsels of lamb. We enjoyed the richness of the curry and the generous use of spices which showcased the customary punchy flavours exhibited by Malaysian curries generally. Together with fluffy rice, it was an addictive and comforting dish.
Whatever you do, leave room for dessert. Think Pandan Coconut Ice Cream Sandwich,
Matcha Tiramisu and Black Sesame Mascarpone with Bundy Rum. Each item is a welcome departure from the mundane and offers its own unique characteristics - An exemplary display of the kitchen's versatility.
Accompanied by an array excellent craft beers, tasty cocktails and an impressive wine list, Hop Sing Bar and Food is fast becoming the place to be for a delightful culinary experience before and after sporting events at the MGC.
Hop Sing Bar and Food is open daily from 10am – 10pm offering lunch, dinner and all day dining options.
7.30pm Richmond vs. Collingwood game
From Mercure Melbourne Treasury Gardens, it is just a short stroll down to the MCG.
10.00pm Return back to Mercure Melbourne Treasury Gardens
The evening concluded back at Mercure Melbourne Treasury Gardens where we had a restful sleep, awakening at our leisure to a delicious Saturday breakfast.