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HIGH DRAMA IS ON THE QT

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“WE’RE go­ing to take peo­ple on a jour­ney,” says Marie Gal­lien of the lat­est in the QT group of ho­tels, which opens to­mor­row. Gal­lien is man­ager of the new ho­tel’s sig­na­ture Pas­cale Bar and Grill, a 120-seat space which takes its name, if not in­flu­ence, from the 1956 Os­car-win­ning French short film, Le Bal­lon Rouge.

A Parisian film noir vibe per­vades the 188-room ho­tel, where guests and din­ers are greeted by cos­tumed, be­wigged “di­rec­tors of chaos”, and con­tin­ues through the restau­rant where ex­ec­u­tive chef Paul Eas­son will serve up a “pro­duce-driven, Euro bistro, mod­ern menu”. Eas­son, for­merly ex­ec­u­tive chef at Rock­pool at South­bank, has been cook­ing at QT Sydney’s Gow­ings and is re­turn­ing to Mel­bourne for Pas­cale.

Meat is a ma­jor theme. “We’ll have an ex­ten­sive steak of­fer­ing, in­clud­ing a crazy big wagyu tom­a­hawk rib eye for four,” he says.

Along with steaks on the wood­fired grill, a Josper oven will be put to use on such prime pro­duce as Milk­ing Yard Farm chicken and King Ge­orge whit­ing from Cor­ner In­let, while a raw bar is an­other on-trend fea­ture.

“We’re try­ing to source as much as we can from Vic­to­ria,” Eas­son says. “Even from our roof, where we’ll have bee­hives and herbs.”

Din­ers with a sweet tooth are in for a treat, with an in-house patis­serie and cake shop filled with quirky con­fec­tions. And for those who pre­fer drinks to dessert, Hot Sauce is the late night bar. In the morn­ing, a gen­er­ous break­fast will please early ris­ers. “It seems break­fast is the new lunch,” Gal­lien says. “Ev­ery­one is hav­ing break­fast meet­ings now.” And here they are strictly on the QT. Pas­cale Bar & Grill at QT Mel­bourne, 133 Rus­sell St, will open for break­fast and din­ner daily with lunch served week­days. qtho­tel­san­dresorts.com/mel­bourne

Ex­ec­u­tive chef Paul Eas­son, di­rec­tor of chaos Bon­nie Duong and man­ager Marie Gal­lien.

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