It’s a family birthday and, following our custom, we’re drawn out to enjoy a relaxed and auspicious lunch together, the chosen venue being The Star’s ‘newest and most spectacular signature venue’, Nineteen at The Star.
With construction of another tower presently in progress, access to Nineteen is less than elegant – across the casino floor, around towards the luxe lobby, taking a lift to the 19th floor.
But that’s a short-term fix. Named after its position on the top floor of The Darling, The Star’s new luxury suite hotel ‘19 floors above the glittering Gold Coast’, the restaurant is a sophisticated, elegant and restrained space.
A project of Gold Coast restaurateur Simon Gloftis and entertainment guru Billy Cross, the design of Nineteen at The Star’s 110-seat restaurant takes inspiration from its surrounding landscape, with hues of powder green from the forest, the teal blue ocean and gold glimmers of sun skimming over the water to cream sandy shores. The venue is lit by a sparkling chandelier and extensive views of the coast.
It’s blowing a gale on the day we dine, the wind whipping off buckling pool glass and around the edge of the building. Views sweep across the coast, and we can only imagine it on a brighter day when the Pacific Ocean is sparkling and the Gold Coast is at play, visible from both the dining room and veranda.
Already feted as one of Gourmet Traveller’s TOP 100 restaurants in Australia, our lunch is surprisingly approachable yet beautifully rendered.
After taking time away from the coast following the sale of The Fish House, Head Chef Kelvin Andrews shows the same edge of detail, with signature dishes of Rock Lobster Bolognese, Grilled Patagonian Toothfish with Cavelo Nero with Toasted Nori (an exciting variation from his exceptional toothfish at The Fish House) and 400g Highly Marbled Wagyu Sirloin ‘Kiwami’ for two.
Instead, we dine on the 2-course Summer weekday Lunch special of $55 per person with a choice of three entrées and three mains, adding bread and sides as we desired:
Choice of Entrée:
Grain Fed Seared Beef Carpaccio w Tuna Sauce
House-baked Sourdough Baguette w Cultured Butter
Choice of Main:
Confit Highland Duck Leg, Sweet Potato, Jus Gras
Pan Fried Ocean Trout, Lemon Juice, Olive Oil
200g Scotch Fillet w Caramelised Onions
With sides of Mixed Salad, Sweet Vinaigrette, Fifty-Fifty Mash Potato and Fries.
There is wine pairing on offer to match this menu (at an extra $24pp), and a custom wine room of 1500 bottles on offer. Instead we enjoy a glass of pinot noir and dine simply and elegantly.
While the rooftop bar at Nineteen at the Star is definitely a place to ‘see and be seen’ at cocktail hour, a weekday lunch offers a surprisingly approachable and affordable celebration – a touch of luxury with exceptional service and classic produce-driven food, yet without the expected hype.
We’ll return another time to experience their signature dishes.
Restaurant: open for lunch Wednesday to Sunday and dinner Wednesday to Saturday. Bar: open from 4pm daily Wednesday to Sunday.