Smokin’ up the Grand Hyatt, Melbourne

What happens when you combine a gorgeous dining space in one of Melbournes’ top hotels, an executive chef with a passion for fresh, local ingredients, and two of Melbournes BBQ kings? Magic.

Melbourne loves a good pop-up, and this Burn City Smokers x Grand Hyatt Melbourne is one not to be missed. For me and my dude food loving boyfriend, it was the perfect date night as it combined my passion for fine dining with his favourite kind of food; BBQ. Following on the back of the popular Mornington Peninsula pop-up, this is a daring but successful collaboration that brings Melbournes’ grungy food culture into a hotel space and allowed all parties involved to get a little experimental.

The combination of Grand Hyatts’ Executive chef Jason Camillo, and Burn City geniuses Steve Kimonides and Raphael Guthrie results in a dining experience that ticks all the boxes with food that is locally sourced, carefully executed, beautifully presented and tastes incredible.

With a menu featuring everything from small bites to small dishes to large share plates. The menu is designed to share, and with a range of lighter, less meaty dishes and of course, big beefy meat fixes, there is something for every palate. Stand out dishes are the a unique take on Beef Tartare bathed in Brisket Drippings, and a must try Pine Needle Smoked Portobello Mushroom. The 8 Hour Smoked Tasmanian Short Rib is everything we expect and love from Burn City, celebrating meat in the way it should be eaten. The sides are exceptional and match well with the mains, paying homage to both American BBQ style sides and homestyle cooking with my old favourite fried Brussel Sprouts, or a surprisingly awesome Creamed Corn.

Desserts are not to be missed also. One of the best desserts I have had in a long time was the exceptionally creative play on an Apple Crumble, with a Smoked Whole Apple on a Walnut and Cornflake Crumble with Frozen Ricotta. It was everything a dessert should be; visually pleasing, textural, a balance between sweet and salty and with the perfect amount of frozen creaminess. I would order this again and again!


Popping up until the end of August, if you are a fan of Burn City or barbecue, this experimental new venture is everything we love about Melbourne. Bringing a new edge to the Grand Hyatt, our vote is that this is one of Melbournes’ must try Winter restaurant experiences.

Have a delicious day,

Foodie Melbourne
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