The new menu at Margate Beach House, the signature restaurant at The Sebel Brisbane Margate Beach, champions fresh, seasonal produce from local suppliers. Developing the menu has given chef Michael Harris an opportunity to really shine a light on the hotel’s stunning location on the Redcliffe Peninsula overlooking Moreton Bay.
“I believe in letting the food speak for itself by enhancing the natural flavours,” said Harris, whose career was forged in the Michelin-starred restaurants of Europe. Highlights of the Margate Beach House menu include Mussels & Fries, Smoked Seafood Pie, Moreton Bay rock oysters, beautifully cooked Black Angus beef, and line-caught market fish of the day.
Harris did his apprenticeship at the flagship London hotel, the Dorchester, before going on to train with Andoni Luis Aduriz of Mugaritz (Spain) and Philippe Legendre of La Cinq (Paris), both two-Michelin starred chefs. Having worked with Jamie Oliver and Heston Blumenthal and in highly regarded kitchens across Europe and Asia, Harris arrived in Australia several years ago after a stint at Raffles Hotel Singapore and in New Zealand.
He was most recently at Suttons Beach Pavilion on the Peninsula and, before that, Watt Brisbane in the Brisbane Powerhouse. Harris is determined to create a quintessentially Australian restaurant to transform the dining experience on the Redcliffe Peninsula.
By bringing his technical experience and flair for flavour to The Sebel, he is creating high quality food in a relaxed setting. I loved the Mooloolaba prawns I tried, served with crushed broad beans and soft feta, and my steak with café de paris butter was superb. The apple & rhubarb crumble from the small dessert menu was very runny but Harris says it is deliberately so, and it was certainly very more-ish.
The restaurant caters to both in-house guests as well as visitors not staying in the hotel. It has a very pleasant vibe and is fast becoming a popular local hang-out.
If you go:
Margate Beach House
The Sebel Brisbane Margate Beach
1 McCulloch Avenue
Margate Qld 4019
Tel: +61 (0)7 3448 3448