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Posted on: 21 October 2016

Melbourne’s newest designer hotel QT Melbourne has partnered with The World’s 50 Best Restaurants to become the ‘Official Hotel’ of its 2017 event program, to be hosted in Australia’s most creatively charged city, Melbourne from 1-7 April.

An artisan’s playground to which lovers of the high life are drawn, QT Melbourne is located in the heart of the CBD near the exclusive Collins Street precinct with an industrial look, inspired by the 1920’s rag traders of Flinders Lane and the fashion influence of the nearby  ‘Paris end’ of Melbourne.

The perfect home away from home for the world’s top chefs, QT Melbourne’s edgy dining and drinking spaces are a destination not only for hotel guests but also locals. As you pass through the grand aged brass and timber front doors upon entry, you will find The Cake Shop on ground level and stairs ascending to QT Melbourne’s signature Pascale Bar & Grill. Other QT offerings include an innovative Japanese/Korean street food inspired laneway bar Hot Sauce and The Rooftop at QT overlooking Melbourne’s city skyline – all offering food experiences that will both satisfy and excite.

“Inspired by the growing global trend of contemporary travel and bringing back the great hotel dining experiences, QT achieves this by investing in concepts such as our QT Forager, rooftop gardens providing fresh seasonal herbs and leaves to our restaurant, rooftop bee hives and innovative cooking equipment,” said David Seargeant, Group Managing Director Event Hospitality & Entertainment. “Through our partnership with Tourism Australia in supporting bringing The World’s 50 Best Restaurants to Melbourne, it demonstrates our commitment to our own food and drink philosophies, and also to further strengthening Australia as one of the greatest food destinations in the world.”

QT’s knife store Tanto, high-end Japanese cultriphiles (or knife lovers’) and chef’s paradise with purveyors who will walk through the intricacies of their wares with passion and precision.

The store sells expertly crafted Suisin knives – exclusive to Tanto in Australia – sourced by 10th generation sword makers from legendary Sakai; the heart and soul of traditional Japanese knife production, and is the place in Melbourne to have your prized possessions expertly sharpened by a Suisin apprentice on hand using rare Japanese knife sharpening equipment and expertise – perfect for Melbourne’s and the world’s top 50 chefs.

With their razor-sharp edges and unmatched elegance, Japanese knives are some of the best in the world, and in Sakai, craftsmen, or shokunin, have been making them for hundreds of years. Sakai is famously known across Japan as the place shokunin forged katanas for samurai in the 14th century, and these age old practices influence how knives are made today.

Tourism Australia Managing Director John O’Sullivan said Australia’s hosting of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2017 provides another opportunity to draw attention to the country’s world-class tourism offering as part of the most prestigious global gathering of food and wine luminaries.

“Hosting The World’s 50 Best Restaurants aligns perfectly with Tourism Australia’s global focus on promoting the country’s exceptional culinary experiences, as part of our Restaurant Australia campaign, and will assist us in not only further sharing this story with the world but also give insight into how partners such as the new QT Melbourne are accentuating their accommodation offering with a unique offering of incredible food and wine experiences,” Mr O’Sullivan said.

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