A taste of New York at QT Sydney this summer

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by James Wilkinson

This summer, visitors to QT Sydney’s Gowings Bar & Grill will be treated to an unforgettable culinary experience, courtesy of new Guest Chef Jean-Paul Lourdes.

The modern restaurant, located inside the stunning QT Sydney hotel, will host Lourdes’ first outing as a chef in Australia—a collaboration that underlines the unwavering popularity of this proud Design Hotels™ member.

Arriving from New York’s Nomad restaurant, Lourdes brings a wealth experience—having trained under Alain Ducasse and Pierre Gagnaire—and leads an extension of the current menu that focuses on European brasserie fare. This exciting collaboration adds new flavors to Gowings’ popular offerings, which celebrate high-quality produce from Australia’s best providers alongside cooking techniques that include wood-fired rotisseries and ovens.

Star chef: Nomad’s Jean-Paul Lourdes will be cooking at QT Sydney

Known for his mastery in blending flavors, textures, colors, and scents, Lourdes will continue the restaurant’s practice of sourcing ingredients from QT’s Rooftop Garden and Bee Hives and, as always, virtually all dishes are handcrafted.

“I am excited to extend the Gowings menu with some new dishes to savor. With food, it is about sourcing the finest produce and we have the best Australia has to offer–Rangers Valley Beef, Cape Grim Beef, Palmers Island Seafood, and Sonoma Single Origin Bread, just to name a few! I have a simplistic approach to food and I hope to strengthen our patrons’ enduring love for Gowings Bar & Grill,” said Jean-Paul Lourdes.

QT Sydney’s masterful Curator of Wine, Shun Eto

The New Yorker’s signature uncomplicated and honest approach has been applied to a number of new dishes, which now sit comfortably alongside classics that have won fans among both locals and travelers since the restaurant launched in 2012. New additions include Roasted Snapper served with Slipper Lobster and Persian Saffron, and Portuguese Octopus served with flavors of Chorizo. Desserts include a signature New York Cheesecake, Passionfruit Pavlova, and Chocolate Ganache.
Gowings’ expertly curated wine list has also been updated to complement the summer menu and includes both classic and unconventional wine makers.

The 200-room QT Sydney is set within two of the city’s most iconic buildings—the historic Gowings Department Store and heritage-listed State Theatre. While the façades have been restored to their former glory, inside is a stunning mix of original features, curated art installations, eclectic artefacts, and quirky design pieces inspired by the retail and theater history of the buildings. Dramatic LED art walls are framed by restored Art Deco and Baroque details, next to show-stopping spotlights and ornate gilt display cases throughout the hotel.