Shangri-La Gardens Motel & Function Centre has appointed Paul Field as Head Chef to their newly launched Sylvia J’s Restaurant and Wine Bar.

After an absence of nearly 30 years Paul is returning to the bayside at the Wynnum West based restaurant with a fresh French inspired menu set to launch from mid-November.

The restaurant has been renamed Sylvia J’s in honour of former Lord Mayor Clem Jones wife. Clem was the founder of the original motel and function centre over 40 years ago.

Paul and his wife Katrina set up the original Fish Cafe in Manly in the early 1980s and it quickly became a favourite amongst locals as a culinary outpost.

The small intimate cafe that seated 50 diners became a unique institution in Brisbane, nominated as one of the top 10 restaurants in the city at the time.

Paul and Katrina have been travelling Asia and Europe with Paul becoming a Sous Chef for renowned UK celebrity restaurateur Pru Leith during two stints. Paul intends to mix French tradition with modern Australian cuisine with his knowledge and training gained from travelling.

Shangri-La Gardens General Manager Valmae Richardson says she is thrilled to have lured Paul to the Shangri-La Gardens as he has a unique connection to the Bayside.

“Paul will build on the outgoing work of Chef Dean Skinner and add an extra touch of flair and innovation to the Shangri-La Gardens menu to provide a fine dining experience,” she says.

The return to Shangri-La Gardens sees Paul managing the kitchen set up by previous Chef Mykal deRuiter who was Paul’s apprentice that set up the original kitchen.


Shangri-La Gardens is a four star independently managed motel and function centre located at 1969 Wynnum Road in Wynnum West less than 30 minutes from the CBD and 5 minutes from the Gateway motorway.

The newly re-launched Sylvia’s Bar and Restaurant is open Monday to Saturday from 5.30pm with breakfast from Sunday to Friday.