By literal definition, “QT Hotel” screams accommodation, relaxation or somewhere for travellers to rest their weary bodies. But did you know, you can also satisfy an all-day hunger at this popular destination – right from morning to night?
Hotel breakfasts are usually a luxury reserved for paying guests, but QT Hotel offers some pretty great dining options for the most important meal of the day. Inspired by the souks of Morocco, Bazaar’s marketplace style offers pastries and donuts, bircher and yogurt cups, fresh seasonal fruits and all the usual hot breakfast suspects – pancakes, waffles, omelettes – you name it!
Nearby FIXX Café has quickly become a brunch hotspot for local entrepreneurs to meet and collaborate, taking advantage of the bright open spaces, the coffee and the tasty treats on offer (plus free WiFi!). Popular services are the QTea and Man Tea, two unique twists on the classic High Tea, and all meals use the best seasonal produce from the hotel’s rooftop garden.
When you start to feel that late-afternoon hunger (and thirst), hit up Stingray Lounge. This Gold Coast institution is one of the city’s more popular hangouts, well loved for its impressive architecture and even more impressive cocktail list. Delicious Baja-California-style food goes perfectly with the extensive mixologist-crafted list of beverages, and the international resident DJs who dominate on Friday and Saturday nights.
As the evening turns into night, head to Yamagen for some new twists on traditional dishes and dining. The precinct recently celebrated 30 successful years in the same way that all good Gold Coasters do – with a facelift! Head chef Adam Lane melds Japanese tradition with QT’s irreverent quirk, delivering a fine balance of quality food and entertainment. “I really enjoy the challenge of mixing ingredients that you wouldn’t usually think of putting together,” Adam says. “Finding the perfect balance of flavours is what keeps our work exciting.”
And it certainly is exciting. With four restaurants defined by very distinct styles and flavours under the one roof, it’s an eating destination you’re sure to come back to time and time (and time, and time…) again. And when your food coma takes over, after a full day grazing the various QT eateries, simply stay the night. Easy.
Vacations are for cocktails, and cocktails are for vacations – or really, really long days. Here are our fave refreshers at QT
Bazaar’s Rhubarb Paloma
tequila, grapefruit, lime, agave syrup, rhubarb bitters
Stingray’s Surfer’s Sour
Lemongrass Bacardi Carta Blanda, crème de Peche, fresh lemon, sencha green tea, chamomile bitters, egg white, edible flower
Yamagen’s Nashi Pear & Mint High Ball
Kakubin whisky, pear shrub, mint, ginger beer
Bazaar’s Vanilla & Pear Daquiri
Bacardi Plata, Licor 43, sugar syrup, pear, lime
Stingray’s Candied Jalapeño Margarita
Cazadores Blanco tequila, Cointreau, fresh lime, jalapeños, black lava salt, dehydrated candied jalapeños
Yamagen’s Sake it to Me
Tanqueray gin, sake, lemon, cucumber, dill