vividguide2016_23 It’s no secret to anyone who knows me, that I love the finer things in life. When the Hilton invited us on a one-night stay to showcase their Vivid Festival specials at each of their dining and drinking venues as well as a chocolate tour next door at the Queen Victoria Building, I leapt at the opportunity!

vividguide2016_21Checking into our room, we found some delicious in-room treats awaiting. Handmade chocolate truffles (which didn’t last long!) and fresh berries, and a gloriously comfy king bed overlooking the city skyline.

vividguide2016_18We met in the foyer to warm up with some coffee, teas and hot chocolate from the Hilton’s baristas at Caffe Cino in the lobby. For the duration of Vivid, the café is serving delicious sweet treats including macarons and hot drinks with Vivid inspired twists and colorful patterns swirled into the milk.

vividguide2016_7Onto Glass Brasserie, where acclaimed Australian chef Luke Mangan’s menu boasts delicious delights. One can enjoy some special Vivid cocktails such as the Glassy Pavlova, Vivid and Midori Margarita which was garnished with a hot chilli to spice up the mix. 

vividguide2016_13This is the go-to destination for anyone with a sweet tooth — here, you’ll find the most enticing range of petit fours for Vivid. The delights include Red Velvet cake pops, rosewater marshmallow, mini banana crème filled chocolate cones, chocolate freckles, macarons, fruity jellies, chocolate truffles and other treats. The Red Velvet cake pop was the standout — a rich and gooey chocolate covered concoction — I couldn’t get enough! During Vivid, the hotel restaurant is hosting a menu special of one cocktail, one main dish and a selection of five petit fours for $75 per person. 

vividguide2016_19In the basement of the Hilton, is a hidden dungeon of beauty and character. With floor to ceiling marble surfaces, antique French styled interiors and a beautiful mirrored bar, the dark and intimate settings will transport you to the 1920s, a world away from the Sydney landscape above you.

Here, they are serving the Vivid Spritz ($19), a refreshing concoction of Hendricks’s gin, prosecco, St Germaine elderflower liqueur and soda finished with a cucumber. To accompany this were four vibrant sliders that can be found in both Marble Bar and Zeta Bar during the Vivid Festival.

vividguide2016_8vividguide2016_20The Sliders ($15 for 4) came in four delicious flavours distinguished by colourful buns in green, charcoal, yellow and pink to accompany drinks. The Green was a crab & prawn slider with dill mayonnaise on a spinach bun, the Charcoal consisted a fresh goats cheese curd, Parisian seasoning and fig marmalade on ash bun, Pink was grilled ham & pineapple, chipotle BBQ sauce & cheddar on a BBQ bun, and last but not least a Yellow with Fennel & Zucchini rosti patty, minted tzatziki on lemon bun.vividguide2016_24The last stop was Zeta Bar, the rooftop terrace overlooking the illuminated Queen Victoria Building. We stayed cosy beneath plentiful heaters and sampled three special Vivid creations including the Lights and Shadow served with a glow stick. It’s the perfect place to start or finish the evening!

vividguide2016_5vividguide2016_2vividguide2016_3The next morning, we explored the delights of the Hilton buffet breakfast at Glass Brasserie with a range of dishes catering to all tastes! There were pastries and cereals plus for something a little different, there were delicious dumplings, fried rice and congee. The freshly made omelets were faultless, as were the other offerings such as waffles, housemade baked beans, mushrooms, pumpkin hash and cold meats. A standout was the DIY Chobani yoghurt bar with natural or vanilla flavoured yoghurts and a range of fresh fruit toppings, sauces or museli and granola. It’ll be sure to fuel you ahead of the day!

Hilton Hotel Sydney
488 George Street, Sydney NSW
Phone: (02) 9266 2000
Web: hilton.com/en/hotels/new-south-wales/hilton-sydney-SYDHITW

Marble Bar
Basement, Hilton Hotel
Monday to Sunday 4pm to late

Zeta Bar
Level 4, Hilton Hotel
Monday to Saturday 5pm to late

Glass Brasserie
Level 2, Hilton Hotel
Monday to Sunday: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Caffe Cino
Lobby, Hilton Hotel
Monday to Sunday 7am – 7pm

I Ate My Way Through dined and stayed as guests of Hilton Hotels