qualia – Hamilton Island, Australia
World-renowned for its quality of service and food, qualia of Hamilton Island is one of the most luxurious lodges in Australia and the world. qualia’s culinary team is led by executive chef Alastair Waddell. His cuisine is inspired by modern influences including Australia’s cultural food diversity and topnotch cheeses and produce. Look out for one of the Pavilion’s signature dishes, ocean trout topped with champagne jelly, apple, asparagus, and passion fruit. The restaurant, Long Pavilion, is all about seven-course meals that include dishes such as the organic chicken with autumn vegetables and the Tasmanian salmon with whiting and enoki. Culinary also comes alive with ‘Talk and Taste’ events with the chefs discussing house favorites such as sashimi, oysters, and Australia’s wines and cheeses.
Talk and Taste
To enrich guest’s dining experience, qualia offers private 'Talk and Taste' events hosted by our knowledgeable staff. With Executive Chef Alastair Waddell choosing the finest Australian and international products, to accommodate even the most demanding tastes, every guest will be swept away on an unforgettable culinary journey.
Sake and Sashimi
Take a moment to indulge yourself in a slice of Japanese culture with qualia’s Sake and Sashimi tastings. Allow us to take you on a journey through one of Japan’s oldest traditions as we showcase some of the finest Sakes and Sochus individually matched with Australia’s highest sashimi grade fish. Learn how the Tsukasabotan milled rice wine stands up to the robust flavours of the Tasmanian Atlantic Salmon or why our very own South Australia Hiramasa Kingfish is exported to Japan for use in their very finest restaurants. Treat yourself to a little taste of Japan, right here in the beautiful Whitsundays!
Champagne and Oysters
The ultimate compliment, Champagne and Oysters represent subtle and elegant flavours and are a superb expression of luxury. qualia presents a unique tasting experience where different styles of Oyster are paired with top Australian and French bubbles. Guests are given an understanding of their palates and how Champagne and Oysters are paired and then given the opportunity to explore. The host will give a brief description of the champagne making process and also teaches how to skilfully shuck oysters.
Wine and Cheese
Further your knowledge of cheese and wine with a friendly, truly professional host. During this ultimate tasting experience you will indulge in an afternoon of fabulous cheeses from Australia and around the world which can be enjoyed with broad spectrum of fine Australian wine. So just relax and enjoy while your host guides through nuances of pairing these fantastic products. This experience will leave you more confident of your personal preferences with cheese and wine.