Rooftop venue Nineteen at The Star took home the prize for best ‘hotel restaurant’ across Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific at the 2020 Hotel Management Awards for Hotel and Accommodation Excellence.

Competing against 30 other finalists, the 19th floor luxurious addition to The Star at the Gold coast now boasts the coveted industry accolade. The venue features a luxurious dining area that opens onto The Darling’s infinity pool with sweeping views across the Pacific Ocean, as well as a private dining area with a self-contained bar that can be booked for private events. A stand-out feature is the exquisite open-plan kitchen, where guests can get a first-hand view of the chefs in action from the comfort of their dining chairs.

Executive Chef of Nineteen, Uday Huja, says the award is a reflection of the talented food and beverage team who incorporate their genuine love and passion for the hospitality industry. “We enjoy nothing more than interacting and entertaining our guests with stories about what inspired our menu; where our produce comes from; and letting them enjoy all the theatre behind our creations through our kitchen, designed to be seen through a glass window from our dining area,” Mr Huja says.

“We continue to innovate our menu, working closely with farmers and producers to ensure we keep sourcing premium and sustainable produce. Some of these include steaks from the Darling Downs, Bay Bugs from Moreton Bay, and Jamon Iberico from Spain. “Our menu is inspired by our commitment to presenting this produce with finesse and culinary craftmanship that reflects our respect for the raw, natural ingredients.”

The 2020 Hotel Management Awards for Hotel and Accommodation Excellence were delivered at a gala dinner in Sydney on Friday 27 November, and featured more than 1,000 entries in over 40 categories.

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