Har­risons sets up at Sher­a­ton

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - THE GROOVE -

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.

Sher­a­ton Mi­rage Port Dou­glas

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