From Sydney's Barangaroo House to Perth's Crown Towers, multi-level eateries offering a variety of cuisines on each floor look set to rise in Australia this year.
Inspired by densely-populated cities like Hong Kong, New York and London, there is an emerging trend of restaurants building upwards to capitalise on the shrinking space available in Australia's biggest cities.
But rather than the soulless, concrete jungles many of us typically associate with high-rise buildings, the designers and restaurateurs taking on vertical dining are keeping people at the heart of their designs.
"We have seen a growing trend of vertical dining within the hospitality industry recently. Our clients are wanting to create ‘destination’ venues that not only maximise the spatial parameters, but are also holistic experiences which evoke the senses and tell a story; they're not just places to eat or drink," said Natalie Krafczyk, Director of Pony Design Co, the design firm responsible for Sydney's Acre Eatery and The Fernery.
Some of Australia's most renowned chefs are experimenting with this new movement in dining - here's our pick of the best places to try it out.
Barangaroo House - Sydney
The design of Barangaroo House - nestled within Sydney's Barangaroo precinct, with chefs Matt Moran and Cory Campbell at the helm - is modelled on three plates stacked on top of one another, clad with charcoaled timber and exploding with greenery and planting boxes in which the restaurant can grow and harvest their own organic produce.
On the ground floor, patrons will find House Bar; a casual bar serving drinks and a short but sweet menu of bar food. Bea Restaurant occupies the second floor, promising "fun dining rather than fine dining", and on the top level is Smoke Rooftop Bar, offering a world-class cocktail menu and sublime finger food.
Exterior of Barangaroo House
Crown Towers and Crown Metropol - Perth
Following a $750 million expansion, Perth's Crown Towers and Crown Metropol offer a number of world-class restaurants across multiple floors.
Hotel guests and the public can book tables at Nobu, one of the world's best Japanese restaurants; Neil Perry's Rockpool Bar & Grill, where guests can enjoy exceptional seafood and steak; and Epicurean, a luxury take on the traditional hotel buffet.
Epicurean at Perth's Crown Towers
Curtin House - Melbourne
Curtin House in Melbourne - originally built in 1923 - was resurrected in 2003 after falling into dereliction. It has since become a creative and cultural hub, housing popular Chinese restaurant Cookie on level one, Mexican restaurant and bar Mesa Verde on level six, plus another two bars and a rooftop cinema; a vertical diners' heaven!
Cookie at Curtin House
Lot 1 - Sydney
Located in Sydney's CBD, Lot 1 Sydney features three dining and bar concepts across the same number of levels. The Basement Bar is the venue's New York-style underground bar offering a selection of whiskeys, cognacs and champagnes. In the Espresso Bar, diners can enjoy a casual coffee or bite to eat and in the restaurant, patrons can experience a menu of traditional Italian dishes with refined modern twists.
Kitchen at Lot 1 Sydney
Kensington Street - Sydney
Kensington Street in Sydney's Chippendale is an entire street dedicated to eating, drinking and lifestyle. Set amongst historic buildings and an open-air courtyard, Kensington Street is your one-stop vertical dining shop.
Head into the lofty converted warehouse of The Old Rum Store for tastes of international cuisines like Bistrot Gavroche (Level 1) and Holy Duck! (Ground Floor). In Spice Alley, you'll find a hawker-style market, serving foods from Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, Vietnam and China across a number of levels.
Heron Tower - London
Should you find yourself in London's banking district looking for somewhere special to pass a few hours, it's well worth stopping by Heron Tower for a luxury look at vertical dining. At street-level, you're greeted and ushered into panoramic glass lifts, which will whisk you up 39 floors to Sushi Samba and Duck & Waffle.
Sushi Samba serves up a unique blend of Japanese, Brazilian and Peruvian culture and cuisine, centred around a very 'grammable structural orange tree.
Accessible from Sushi Samba via a spiral staircase, Duck & Waffle is open for food and drinks 24/7, so you can order the restaurant's signature dish - the Duck & Waffle - anytime you fancy.
California Tower - Hong Kong
Arguably the pioneers of this global dining trend - with space at a premium in this major city - Hong Kong is literally stacked with vertical dining opportunities. California Tower - recently revamped and branded as the city's premier lifestyle destination - has eight restaurants set within the 27-level tower.
Modern Asian restaurant CÉ LA VI is spread over three floors, featuring a restaurant on one level, a club lounge on the next, and a rooftop bar on level 26, with spectacular views overlooking the city.