Harrisons sets up at Sheraton
BY Easter, Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas Resort should have a shiny in-house fine diner to complement the schmick $43 million upgrade it unveiled last year.
The restaurant will be the new incarnation of Harrisons, Port Douglas’s top-rated eatery, which chef-owner Spencer Patrick shelved quietly in late 2016, transforming the former site on Macrossan St into the more casual Bistro H by Harrisons.
The resort fitout will start at the beginning of February and Patrick says while there’s space for 100 seats, the venue will probably accommodate about 70 diners, with an in-house bar overlooking the famed saltwater resort lagoons.
“It will be a fantastic spot to enjoy a nice glass of champagne,” Patrick says.
Wrought-iron seats and plenty of greenery – including palm trees inside the restaurant – will all be part of the mix. Patrick and wife Reina say they’re targeting an elegant ambience inspired by the south of France, rather than a specifically beachy vibe, but there will be plenty of local elements.
Like the original Harrisons, the fare will be fine dining but with lots of indigenous ingredients. “I want diners to see that Port Douglas is about more than mango, pineapples and coral trout,” Patrick says. “Harrisons will be all about showcasing the region and giving people a taste of what’s around.”
The Patricks also own casual Italian bistro Bucci, Port Douglas and organise the annual Taste Port Douglas Festival.
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