It’s no secret that one of my favorite things to do is eat. Whenever food is paired with a fun, creative presentation, I am not only one of the first people at the table, but I’ll likely be the last person to leave. No.35 Restaurant, sitting atop the Sofitel Melbourne has captured two of my absolute favorite things, food, and art, presented through an experience that as is as fun and playful as I am. Post-Impressionism is celebrated with a bright, modern twist of playing with your food.
A perfect marriage of fine arts and the art of hospitality, the “Lunch Like Van Gough” experience is like traveling through space and time. The menu is a direct nod to the National Gallery of Victoria’s Van Gogh & The Seasons exhibition. Capturing what Vincent Van Gough would have likely enjoyed while taking a break from painting his masterpieces in the late 1800’s, guests have the option of a two to three-course pre-fixe lunch is prepared every Thursday and Friday.
Your inner artist can’t help but shine here, as it’s called to paint your version of Two Crabs while enjoying a ‘monochrome' seafood bouillabaisse with saffron rouille. Each diner enjoys an amuse-bouche of colored paint tubes, all filled with spectacular edible sauces! Freshly baked bread serves as the canvas for the most palate pleasing art. You get to have your Van Gogh and eat it, too. I envision myself painting a modern take on “Red Vineyards” over the wine paired with Chef John Savage’s Beouf Bourguignon.
I’d recommend taking a picture of your creations to compare with Van Gogh’s originals. Each lunch reservation comes with two tickets to the NGV’s Van Gogh & The Seasons exhibition. If you don't already have any immediate plans to visit Melbourne, head over to their Instagram.
Or better yet watch this:
This is the art of lunch, isn't it?