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Sirromet wins Best Restaurant in a Winery award for fifth successive year
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Restaurant Lurleen's at Sirromet Wines was this week announced winner for the fifth successive year of the ‘Best Restaurant in a Winery’ category at the Restaurant and Catering Queensland Sunsuper Awards for Excellence.
Lurleen’s, located at Sirromet’s headquarters at Mount Cotton between Brisbane and the Gold Coast, previously won the same category at the awards in 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2005.
“To win this award five years in a row shows Lurleen’s is providing high levels of consistency with customer service, and food preparation and presentation,” said Executive Chef Andrew Mirosch.
The result means Lurleen’s will represent Queensland against winners of the same category from other States at the Restaurant and Catering Australia National Awards for Excellence in Sydney on October 30. Lurleen’s previously won the national award in the category in 2004.
This weeks's State awards were held at Hillstone St Lucia in Brisbane and featured 39 categories contested by finalists from Brisbane, the Gold Coast, the Sunshine Coast, the Darling Downs, North Queensland, and Far North Queensland.
Lurleen’s is a 220-seat restaurant with views overlooking Sirromet’s vineyards, and Moreton Bay and Stradbroke Island.
Mirosch, a seven-times American Express Gold Plate winner, heads a team of 13 chefs and apprentices at Lurleen’s who prepare approximately 1,500 meals each week. The menu is changed monthly, and dishes are matched with Sirromet’s range of wines.
Mirosch said factors in the popularity of Lurleen’s were an emphasis on seasonal and regional produce, and the experience of dining at a winery.
“Our menu has a strong Queensland flavour,” said Mirosch. “I buy direct from producers, such as red claw crayfish from Gympie, venison from Texas, cheese from Kingaroy and Stradbroke Island prawns and bugs.”
“We also utilise produce from Sirromet’s organic vegetable garden and orchard, which are situated near the restaurant.”
“A point of difference for customers at Lurleen’s is it’s a destination venue. People look out over vineyards while they are dining and they can visit cellar door or have a winery tour before or after their meal.”
Mirosch, a former commercial fisherman, has almost 20 years experience owning or operating restaurants in and around Brisbane, and on Stradbroke Island.
Lurleen’s is open for lunch from 11.30am seven-days-a-week, and for dinner from 6pm on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Breakfast is served from 9am to 10am Monday to Saturday, and Sundays from 8am to 10pm. There is daily morning tea from 9am to 10.30am and afternoon tea from 3pm to 4.30pm.