It's an old hospitality proverb that the quality of the view is inversely proportional to the food. The owners of The Point, which gazes out over Albert Park Lake, are bent on disproving the theory, opening a second restaurant on the site on Monday.
Since taking over in 2014, Chinese consortium Chengcheng (Aust) Enterprise Melbourne has quietly closed the one-hatted Point to renovate and enlarge the main dining room, and transformed the ground-level cafe into Chinese restaurant Hidden Jade.
The Point's executive chef Andy Harmer (ex Vue de Monde, Virginia Plain) has expanded the upstairs menu beyond its original swanky steakhouse remit, using Indigenous ingredients such as lemon myrtle, marron and saltbush on the contemporary degustation menu.
Downstairs at Hidden Jade, Qingdao-born chef Guangyue Li is drawing on classic dishes from China, including Shanghai-style pork buns and Peking duck, but will be putting a special emphasis on Sichuan cuisine and live seafood, taken from tanks at the restaurant's entrance.
The 120-seat Hidden Jade will offer an a la carte menu daily from 11.30am-2.30pm and 5.30pm-late, and a dim sum menu 11.30am to 5.30pm.
Hidden Jade and The Point Albert Park are at Aquatic Drive, Albert Park.