Sometimes you just want to get away from it all but you don’t actually want to go very far. This is where the brilliance of the staycation comes in: a little holiday in your own city. It seemed the perfect opportunity to indulge when I was invited to stay a night at the newly opened Peppers Docklands.
Peppers Docklands has all the luxury touches I’ve learnt to expect from a Peppers hotel. Huge King size beds, sleek bathrooms with Appelles toiletries and cleverly designed rooms which include a living area and bedroom.
The hotel is one block back from the marina at the Docklands and overlooks Ethiad stadium. It’s a short stroll to the CBD so is well positioned if you want to get out and about in Melbourne. But if you want to be lazy (like me) and just make the most of hotel life, the onsite restaurant Momami is excellent.
I have to admit to a feeling of apprehension when I saw the restaurant as it’s essentially part of the hotel lobby which is often not a great sign. Yellow bucket chairs add a pop of colour against the black surroundings and neon lighting illuminates the ceiling. But if you ignore the surroundings and focus on the food it’s clear the quality of cooking here is top notch.
The food is Asian influenced with a contemporary twist. Think fluffy bao ($15) filled with a thick slab of sticky pork and apple slaw. Or crunchy croquettes oozing cheese. It’s all very Melbourne.
I loved the balance of sweet and sour with the lightly battered soft shell crab ($15) teamed with charred grilled pineapple and a squeeze of lime.
Crispy skin duck ($36) is perfect sharing food with the duck singing with spices and a sticky sweet marmalade. The duck worked well with a light Asian style slaw ($14) dominated by apple and cabbage and some steamed Chinese broccoli ($14).
To finish off, Momami makes its own ice-cream and I recommend a scoop of the house churned miso ice-cream. It was a great finish to a fabulous meal. Momami is a hidden gem and is certainly worth seeking out if you are in the Docklands area.
When it comes to breakfast there’s no tired buffet at Peppers Docklands. Every dish is cooked to order and the Asian influence continues in dishes like the prawn omelette ($18) dotted with spring onions and drizzled in a sticky, sweet sauce. There’s some serious runny yolk action in the breakfast fritters which come with roasted tomatoes and sliced avocado.
I really enjoyed my staycation and can recommend Peppers Dockland as a great base for exploring Melbourne or just as good if you only want to venture downstairs to the restaurant.
Gourmet Chick was a guest of Peppers Dockland.
Details: Peppers Docklands, 679 La Trobe Street, Docklands
Damage: Pricey. Room rate starts at $250 a night.