Restaurant Guide

Hero ACMI

Melbourne doesn’t have a brilliant track record with restaurants in cultural institutions. Hero, at Fed Square’s ACMI, bucks that trend emphatically.
Address
Federation Square, Melbourne

REVIEW

Melbourne doesn’t have a brilliant track record with restaurants in cultural institutions. Hero, at Fed Square’s ACMI, bucks that trend emphatically. It’s a Karen Martini joint for starters, so you get a menu of excellent, shareable, mostly Italian comfort food. Occasionally, it might stray over the border to France via a sumptuous chicken-liver parfait with amber-coloured verjuice jelly or a steak frites with “Café de Hero” butter. Otherwise the menu involves some hard decisions: mussels in smoked butter and fermented chilli served with ridiculously crisp potato cakes or vitello tonnato that’s textured with fried artichokes and capers? Order both. Philippa Sibley is in the kitchen, too, so dessert is a no-brainer, particularly if there are tarts: sublime lemon, perhaps, or a knee-weakening date and mascarpone number. The wine list is as tight as the cocktails and as sharp as the gorgeously minimalist room. Consider it the dining equivalent of a cinema classic.

ABOUT

Hero ACMI

Federation Square, Melbourne

(03) 9964 2819

heroacmi.com.au

Chef Karen Martini

Price guide $$

Bookings Recommended

Wheelchair access Yes

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Hero ACMI
Federation Square, Melbourne
Chef(s)
Karen Martini
Price Guide
$$
Bookings
Recommended
Wheelchair Access
Yes

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