Within a concave of urban luxury, on a street that emits the same, sits a restaurant that skips the thrills and provides food unrateable in Michelin stars. It combines class with culinary perfection, simplicity with authenticity and uses the finest picked ingredients, sourced from trinkets of producers to create meals that exceed perfection to something rather enigmatic. Vintaged Bar + Grill, situated on the sixth floor of The Hilton, is by no means fit only for the rich and famous – it's a gift for any palate.
There's a certain authentic awareness that goes into every meal at Vintaged. Components aren't put on a plate for mere presentation, or to show off, that yes, this kitchen can afford truffles – there's deep thought that goes into the marriage of flavours, textures and aromas. And not in cheap Heston Blumenthal methods like so many contemporary chefs are attempting to pull off today. The food is rich in it's raw components, and most dishes have an organic, homely feel, while remaining the very obvious bi-product of hands who've made this plate as a craft.
The beauty of Vintaged is that it has it's thumb in every meal and course. The buffet breakfast - $39 for the continental – and trust me, you want an empty stomach cavity – that offers a minefield of artery clogging breakfast treats, in ways cooked to perfection, and with pastries galore to sneak into your bag. Lunch is just as special, with a hint of extra class, and a menu that throws away the BLT, and offers gnocchi, scallops, specialised steaks, and meals you won't fathom deserving. Dinner surpasses each sitting before it, with a menu as perfectly curated and tasteful as the culinary passion expelled throughout the Vintaged restaurant.
Vintaged is a jack of all trades, though don't let any aspect of this idiom diminish its flaw-free name. It caters to High Tea, hosts birthday parties, hosts special events and functions, all to a glamorous backdrop of down lights and contemporary furnishings. While the setting screams ritz, the food declares otherwise, showcasing what home-grown excellence tastes like – humble, hearty and just perfect.