As Brisbane gets back to normal after the madness of the G20, there’s still an opportunity to feel what it’s like to dine as a world leader at GOMA Restaurant.
For one night only, GOMA Restaurant is recreating the menu served for the G20 World Leaders’ Cocktail Reception and Dinner last Saturday at a special dinner on December 3.
You’ll be eating the same three courses of prime Queensland and Australian produce and drinking the same matched wines as American President Barrack Obama and Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbot.
The Kenilworth Gold Wagyu Fullblood steaks with a nine star marble rating from artisan butchers Cabassi & Co are sure to be the star of the dinner. The steak comes with carrots from Kalbar in the Brisbane Valley, organic black garlic and a juz made with Symphony Hill Shiraz from the Granite Belt.
Hervey Bay scallops are the star in the entrée accompanied by organic Lockyer Valley cauliflower, Mooloolaba squid broth and local beach greens.
Designed by QAGOMA Executive Chef Josue Lopez and a work of art itself, QAGOMA’s signature Wattle seed custard, Daintree chocolate and vanilla curd finishes the meal.
The team behind the menu were Executive Chef Josue Lopez, Head Chef Aaron Holt, Senior Sous Chef Ryan Ward and a team of over 30 chefs and 70 front-of-house staff.
I asked Chef Lopez what it was like to cook for such a crowd.
How did you choose the dishes?
I was given a menu brief which included previous G20 dinner offerings from Jamie Oliver and suggestions from the G20 taskforce. I wanted to create a unique menu of world class standard which not only represents the best of Queensland but is also fitting of the surrounds of the Queensland Art Gallery Watermall.
What were the biggest issues?
The biggest issue I felt during the planning and execution was keeping the event a secret. Trying to liaise and place orders with suppliers to obtain their best produce without divulging information was a challenge.
What comments did the officials make about the food?
The feedback we have received from the G20 taskforce post the events has been extremely positive. These comments encompassed the G20 Cocktail Reception hosted by The Prime Minister, The Hon. Tony Abbott, MP; The Treasury Dinner hosted by The Hon. Joe Hockey, MP; The G20 World Leaders’ Spouses’ Dinner, The Sherpa’s dinner and the flagship G20 World Leaders’ Dinner.
How long was the menu in planning?
Menu planning began taking shape six months ago, from there drafted menus were submitted for approval. Menu tastings with the G20 taskforce were facilitated and exact dishes were finalised mid-October.
What about the wine?
The wine matches were made by James Halliday; the showcase of some of Australia’s key varietals by iconic winemakers complemented the menu perfectly. Penfold’s Bin 389 affectionately known as ‘Baby Grange’ served with the Wagyu beef was a memorable combination.
You can ‘Dine Like a World Leader’ on Wednesday 3 December at GOMA Restaurant for $250 per person. To book call 3842 9916.