Hayden McMillan taking the reins

Hayden McMillan.

New Zealand-born Hayden McMillan has been handed the reins at one of Melbourne’s premier restaurants, Neptune.

Neptune showcases a range of Mediterranean cuisine, with a particular focus on coastal food. McMillan’s first seasonal menu for Neptune consists of an array of seafood, including Bonito Crudo with fennel pollen; charred octopus, potato aioli and nduja dressing; spanner crab spaghetti, parsley and saltbush; pan-roasted snapper, cime de rapa and verjus broth, to name a few.

McMillan said, “To me, good food is all about letting simple ingredients sing. I want our diners tasting the quality of produce we are putting on the plate. Exploring regional Victoria through a coastal-Italian lens, the new menu is approachable, pared back and showcases fewer ingredients.”