Mr Hive Kitchen & Bar
This is virtually ancient history now (well it wasn’t when I drafted this post) that Gordon Ramsay’s Maze at Crown has been taken over by Mr Hive. The décor retains much of the features of its predecessor, but with a much darker tone with a glossy ink finish.
Having an unfilled venue on a midday midweek lunch at Crown is probably not unusual, but for such a big restaurant it was incredibly quiet at the time. Although that would be something like 5 months ago now.
Moving along from the small print, the Summer menu presented itself distinct from the décor resemblances, Executive Chef John Lawson provided a completely new direction that cuts back on the contemporary frills.
Warm bread to start.
Roasted scallops, wild rice and spice – the bed of four scallops whilst beautiful seared had the slightest tinge of translucency. I enjoy raw scallops, so I wasn’t exactly complaining. They were fresh, supple and complemented by a light aioli.
Salt bush lamb shoulder, peas and mint [left] – I have heard the salt bush lamb can at times be variably cooked, but on this occasion it was incredibly tender and succulent in every piece, if anything it was a leaner cut than what I would have liked. A beautiful pea mush and broth lay as the foundation.
Roasted snapper, smoked egg and summer greens [right] – the snapper whilst roasted well, there was nothing spectacular to lift the flavours off the plate.
Raspberry soufflé, “Raymond Blanc” – is a stunning picture on the plate with all the rosy-red hues. The egg white mixture was extremely light and wispy with a fragrant acidity from the raspberry, as distinct from the heavier chocolate renditions at other places. (The current winter menu has a Praline soufflé).
The signature Mrs Hive’s Chocolate bar Peanuts and caramel – is a decadent slice of sweet heaven, densely laden with chocolate mousse, crunchy nuts and peanut butter sorbet. A twirl of chocolate tempered with elegance to complete the look. Brings back good memories of other caramel desserts. * drifts into a daze… See Here, Here and Here
Rating: Yummy+1. Despite the highly debatable reputation back when it was Maze, I quote MsIHua: “I honestly love each and every single visit I’ve ever been to this place old and new.” Simply said it just hits the right notes for me.
Where: Crown Metropol,
8 Whiteman St, Southbank
Contact: 03 9292 8300