Recently opened boutique hotel, Marsden Hotel Burwood, is introducing locals and guests to a collection of unique dining experiences, inspired by Europe’s food and drink precincts. Marsden Hotel Burwood marks the first luxury hotel to open in the inner-city suburb in over a decade, sparing no expense with its indulgent dining offerings, which include an artisan patisserie, upmarket restaurant and rooftop bar.

The hotel’s restaurant, Onyx Grill, boasts a curated menu where meat is the star attraction, with a focus on quality steaks, including grass-fed angus and grain-fed wagyu, as well as in- house dry-aged meats. Each dish is also thoughtfully paired with a premium wine selection, sourced globally by experienced Food and Beverage Operations Manager Joe Chen (previously Restaurant and Bar manager at Luke’s Kitchen).

The kitchen was created to be predominantly powered by wood fire, bringing a whole new dining experience to Burwood. It has been fitted with a mibrasa grill and charcoal oven, which helps to enhance the natural flavours of the ingredients. Onyx Grill doesn’t skimp on flavour and guests can revel in the simplicity of quality, seasonal ingredients, cooked over the woodfire. The restaurant serves up a host of signature dishes, including; beef carpaccio,
with anchovy mayonnaise, shiso dressing, smoked crouton, crispy garlic, puffed wild rice and frisee; and Ballina king prawns, with roasted capsicum and chilli dressing, mango and avocado, fresh coconut, coconut jelly and baby cos lettuce. Vegetarians are also well catered for with a range of seasonal dishes.

Guests can settle in comfortably at the dimly lit, upmarket restaurant, surrounded by dark wood furnishings and emerald-toned velvet chairs, which add to the moody atmosphere and make for the perfect date night spot. During the day, natural sunlight filters into the restaurant, brightening up the space for casual and business lunches. Groups can also make use of the private dining room, with ample opportunities for exclusive parties and family gatherings, in an intimate setting.

In contrast, the hotel’s patisserie, Artisaint, is the picture of refinement, decked out with delicate pink décor. A unique feature wall also helps set the scene, by showcasing an abundance of greenery, including herbs and hanging plants. Artisaint doubles as a café and deli, offering something new and unexpected to the inner-city neighbourhood. Visitors will be transported in this European-inspired marketplace, as they enjoy traditional French pastries, delivered fresh daily, whilst browsing a smorgasbord of meats and cheeses.

Artisaint also serves up an extensive daily à la carte breakfast menu, complete with fresh- made sandwiches, eggs every-way, cakes and freshly baked bread. Sharing is favoured at Artisaint and its centrepiece, a large communal pink onyx table, offers ample opportunities for guests and locals to mingle, whilst overlooking the greenery of Burwood Park.

The food-filled tour through Europe doesn’t end there. Visitors can then head up to Skye Bar, where they’ll find a Mediterranean-inspired oasis with expansive city views. Recline by the pool and soak up the summer sun or enjoy a boozy brunch, stealing a spritz or two from the roaming aperol trolley. Skye Bar also boasts a champagne bar, overflowing with bubbles and the menu offers an endless supply of delicious bites, including oysters, antipasto and charcuterie boards.

Address: 60 Burwood Rd | Burwood | NSW 2134

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