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Darling Group is a leading Melbourne-based restaurant company that develops, owns and operates successful food and beverage venues across Melbourne. Our forward thinking philosophy creates world-class hospitality brands, all with a focus on service, design, innovation and experience.
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Higher Ground is hot.
Housed in a heritage-listed powerhouse and inspired by boutique hotel lobbies from the likes of New York and London, the cafe has a 15-metre-high ceiling, with glorious arched windows, allowing light to flood in. The L-shaped mezzanine overlooks the bustling ground floor, while the upper level comes with its own barista station. Whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner, the menu features superb dishes and plates characterised by imaginative pairings. Being a multi-award winning venue, recognised with titles such as Best Hospitality Design, Best Cafe Design, Cafe of The Year and Best Venue, it’s no mistake guests are reaching for higher ground.
One of Melbourne’s most sophisticated food and beverage hotspots, The Kettle Black, sits somewhere between cafe and restaurant, almost creating its own new genre of venue. Old and new styles merge seamlessly on the outside while the interior palette has been carefully curated with warm finishes of soft oak timbers and polished concrete, offset by the punch of the mischievous green furniture and marble tiles. The energetic, dynamic and elegant space is the winner of various awards including Best Cafe Design, Best New Cafe, Best Restaurant and Best Cafe.
Epitomising cafe cool, Top Paddock has become a staple of Melbourne’s hospitality scene. Surronded by lush greenery, rich timber, detailed glass work and distinctive wall panelling, this iconic establishment offers a unique experience on all aspects. The menu is cultivated using locally sourced ingredients, with a paddock-to-table ethos that is organic where possible. Winner of multiple prestigious awards such as Best New Cafe, Best Cafe and Best Cafe Design, Top Paddock is a world-renowned culinary destination for guests both local and abroad.
South Yarra’s Darling. The bright fit-out, surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows, showcases a white Calcutta marble benchtop as you walk in, and fresh flowers top every table. Located in the hub of South Yarra, this brunch hotspot focuses on quality, locally-sourced ingredients with both classic and contemporary dishes. The menu is colourful at every turn, bursting with an abundance of sweet and savoury options and an Asian inspired lunch menu. Darling has been both locally and internationally recognised in the media, recently being identified for having ‘Australia’s most Instagrammable brunches’ by Fairfax Media’s Good Food.
Dundas & Faussett has proved itself to be an Albert Park icon. Located on the corners of Dundas Place and Faussett Street, D&F (as the locals say) is best known for its all day breakfasts and upscale lunches, paired with the finest specialty coffee – all being served within a glossy, minimalist space with lavish outdoor seating and native flora. Apart from the food, it’s the warm and welcoming environment that keeps guests coming back for more.
Bambu is an Asian Eating House without regional boundaries. With solid roots in Thai cuisine, Bambu combines overtones of Chinese, Indonesian, and Vietnamese influences – blending them with the freshest Australian produce to create an offer unlike any other. With sleek timber panels lining the ceiling, an open kitchen and bar overlooking clusters of communal dining areas and sliding windows which let the breeze and hawker vibes in, Bambu takes guests on a modern journey through South East Asia.