Art, the wild, champagne. These are the three focal points behind QT Melbourne’s new immersive dining experience – Art of the Wild – in conjunction with famed champagne house, Perrier-Jouët.
Now, you too can get a taste of the action.
For a limited time only, the Art of the Wild dining experience will be available to consumers to experience. It’s dark; it’s mysterious; it’s colourful; it’s uniquely QT – and it’s a culinary journey like no other.
Here’s a glimpse into the Art of the Wild dining experience at QT Melbourne.
As you enter the all-new King private dining room at QT Melbourne, let hatted restaurant Pascale and its executive chef Andy Harmer (ex-Vue de Monde) take you through a multi-sensory garden with a thoughtful, delicate and innovative menu that not only uses the freshest seasonal local produce with minimal intervention but highlights the diversity of matching foods with champagne.
Dishes include cured hiramasa kingfish with jicama, yuzu and dashi, WA Marron with Broccoli, smoked eel and osetra caviar, and Sher wagyu porterhouse with a 5+ marble score. Of course, the menu is designed to be perfectly – and intentionally – paired with Perrier-Jouët’s intricate floral champagnes, a collaborative process which was well thought out by the team of chefs at QT Melbourne.
“Art of the Wild showcases an enlightened appreciation of matching food with champagne, first and foremost. It highlights that certain champagnes can be diverse & complex which is crucial when matching with savoury dishes,” explained executive chef Andy Harmer.
“Designing the menu for Art of the Wild was somewhat of a trial and error process. We sat down as a team and sampled the Perrier-Jouët champagne on offer, and we wrote down all the flavour profiles we tasted. From there, we worked backwards, finding the similarities in food. The profiles of the champagne definitely dictated the parameters of the menu, so we had to be very mindful of the progression of the menu so the food complemented the champagne.”
Setting the mood, however, is the intimate space afforded by the new King private dining room, which has been transformed by an explosion of colour and motion projections, bringing to life Perrier-Jouët’s vision of an ‘unexpected world’: the Art of the Wild.
“Perrier-Jouët has been profoundly influenced by its founders’ love of nature and art. Within this unexpected, joyful vision of the world that the Maison calls the Art of the Wild, nature reveals itself in all its freedom and exuberance,” explains Romaric Behaghel, brand ambassador for Perrier-Jouët.
“The QT Melbourne private dining room has been designed to reflect this vision; to enchant the every day through the presence of magnetic, vivid and unbridled nature. The eponym ‘Art of the Wild’ is, therefore, the perfect interpretation and representation of the Perrier-Jouët brand vision.”
Food & Champagne
Created in 1811, Perrier-Jouët is one of the most historic champagne houses in the world, synonymous for its identifiable floral – and intricate – champagnes.
And thanks to its refined and subtle blend of charm and elegance with a wide pallet of exquisite flavours, Perrier-Jouët is the perfect partner to a degustation meal.
Divulging the secrets of matching champagne and food is Perrier-Jouët brand ambassador, Romaric Behaghel, who knows a thing or two about not only the best champagne to enjoy over a fine dining meal, but what exactly to enjoy it with.
“I strongly encourage individuals to pair food with Perrier-Jouët champagne. You should make sure to carefully select graceful and subtle food not to overpower the delicacy of the Perrier-Jouët flavours and to respect the elegance of the champagnes,” says Behaghel.
“The secret of a great food pairing with Perrier-Jouët is playing with intensity. You should adapt the intensity of the courses with the champagnes and respect the profiles and tasting notes you determined from the different cuvees to find an optimal matching.”
QT Melbourne and Perrier-Jouët will host its Art of the Wild dining experience until September 2019. Book your tickets HERE