Sister to Emporium Hotel Fortitude Valley, Australia’s most awarded boutique luxury hotel, Emporium Hotel Southpoint will open in mid-2018, and feature 143 luxuriously appointed suites, Belle Époque Patisserie, restaurant and Sky Bar, overlooking the spectacular 23m infinity edge pool with views to Brisbane’s CBD and beyond. Located in the same tower as the Hotel are 217 premium residential apartments, with owners enjoying exclusive access to Emporium’s services.

Emporium Hotels’ Executive Chef, John Lopez, has unveiled a special Christmas menu at Belle Époque Patisserie in Fortitude Valley. The new menu carries an Australian native feel and is officially be available Friday, December 1, with both dine in and take home options.

Highlights include dishes such as the Wattle Seed and Vanilla Yule Log, Eggnog Trifle, Pumpkin Pie, Seasonal Shortbread Biscuits, Mince Pie Macaron, Candy Cane Macaron, Smoked Honey Nougat, Preserves, Brandy Orange Marmalade, Lilly Pilly Jam, Edible Christmas ‘Baubles,’ Macadamia and Lilly Pilly, Coconut and Fruit Mince, and Spiced Rum and Citrus.

News was announced in August that Josh would conclude a five-year tenure as Executive Chef at GOMA Restaurant, where he was awarded a prestigious two hats by the Brisbane Times Good Food Guide in 2016 and CITI Chef of the Year. As well as this acclaim, he has also given the Australian Gourmet Traveller Star for 2017 and recently appeared on MasterChef setting a pressure test challenge.

At the announcement, Emporium Hotel owner and Anthony John Group Managing Director, Tony John, said Josh’s acceptance of the position was a watershed moment for the Hotel.

Josh will have full control over the direction of the new flagship hotel at South Bank’ dining options, creating the menu and flavour proposition for the yet-to-be-named signature restaurant, as well as the rooftop bar, piano bar, Belle Époque Patisserie, in-suite dining and conferencing and events. The second Emporium Hotel will open in South Bank mid- 2018. Until then Josh is focusing on the food offer at the Fortitude Valley store and menu creations and trials.

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