PALAZZO VERSACE SPICES THINGS UP
THE team behind the new restaurant at the Gold Coast’s luxury brand hotel Palazzo Versace has revealed what diners can expect when the hotel’s “casual” fine dining venue opens next weekend.
Michelin-starred chef Manjunath Mural and Saffron Broadbeach’s Sridhar Penumechu will oversee Kokum, an IndianAsian fusion restaurant the pair promise will offer flavours you won’t taste anywhere else in Australia.
On the ground will be head chef Sabir Merchant and venue manager Daniel Carne, cooking and serving food in the “relaxed, yet sophisticated” restaurant overlooking the water.
Mr Merchant said the hotel wanted to branch out from the modern Australian cuisine it had offered at Vie Restaurant and Bar, the hotel’s previous restaurant.
“With (Palazzo Versace) being such a big brand, we have to be a little unique in what everybody is offering,” he said. Mr Merchant says favourites on the menu are sure to include the Tandoori-oven-cooked sambal barramundi with caviar and the eight-hour slow cooked lamb flambe featuring exotic spices from Kashmir, a northern region of India.
Mr Carne says the dining area will be a “not too formal” space that will still exude professionalism.
“It’s going to be a very relaxing experience,” he says. “The food will be the hero.”
Kokum’s head chef Sabir Merchant with the sambal barramundi.