The raw, industrial interiors of the converted Railways Printing Works, now Laurens Hall, provided the perfect setting to feature a custom menu by French culinary master, Jacques Reymond. Reflecting on his 33 years in Australia, Reymond created a highly unusual menu, titled ‘Les Voyages Des Gitans En Australie’, featuring his favourite produce and ingredients from Australian shores.
Playing on his adventurous, gypsy like nature we designed an eclectic arrivals room, which set the scene for a dramatic entrance into the dining room – where festoon adorned ladders hung upside down from the ceiling. The tables were strewn with moss and overgrown greens amongst custom copper pipe candelabra. Guests dined on a 5 course meal, featuring black lasagne of spanner crab, cuttlefish with Western Plains pork, crispy quail, Peking duck consommé and lacquered saltbush lamb rack.
An elegant, white ‘dessert lounge’ paid homage to Reymond’s French sophistication, while guests ended the night indulging in Australian cheeses and were farewelled with a signed cookbook from the chef himself.