Meet HOTA Gallery's Executive Chef

19 Apr 2021

Meet HOTA Gallery’s Executive Chef

There’s no doubt that HOTA Gallery will deliver an extraordinary program of exhibitions and events, but did you know it will also house two beautiful dining options?

We’ve already introduced you to The Exhibitionist Bar, a spectacular rooftop bar and dining area on level 5 with incredible views of the Gold Coast skyline, and now we’re delighted to let you know a little more about Palette, the elegant restaurant you’ll find on the ground floor of the Gallery.

Palette restaurant will feature a modern Australian menu with a fully curated wine list, degustation menus inspired by the major exhibitions and an ala carte menu.

We recently welcome Dayan Hartill-Law to the HOTA team as HOTA Gallery Executive Chef. Dayan will be the driving force behind the dining experience at the Gallery, and we can’t wait to see what he has in store. He told us:

‘Throughout my 17 year career I have worked across the globe in some of the world’s best fine dining restaurants. Now based on the Gold Coast my passion is finding ingredients within the local area, whether native endemic species or grown by some of the region’s best producers. Then ensuring the utmost respect is shown to the produce.’

Palette will be a curated dining experience with a focus on fresh local ingredients and exceptional customer experience that complements the gallery but is also an exciting destination in its own right.

Dayan continued: ‘You can expect all the great aspects of fine dining: fresh local high-quality produce with amazing provenance, knowledgeable staff, but no stuffy bow ties or waist coats.

‘Nautical seafood bonito cooked in native ginger leaf, or dry aged Burrawong Gaian duck with sauce of rosella and fermented riberry are just a sample of what you will see on our main menu along with delicious desserts featuring local distillery caramel rich cream.

“Palette will also boast an extensive vegetarian menu featuring enticing starters of Vegan Clouds, Beetroot tartlets, and Oxheart tomato tartare as well as an indulgent main menu consisting of House made silken tofu with Watermelon radish, Blue Quandong, Native tamarind, Lemon myrtle and Grilled Oyster mushroom glazed in mushroom miso Purslane, sorrel, flowers,” he said.

With strong relationships with local suppliers and producers Dayan intends to build a team in his kitchen of thoughtful and disciplined chefs to be able to produce quality, artistic and delicious food.

HOTA Head of Culinary Arts, David Ashford said Palette will deliver a spectacular dining experience in a sophisticated new venue, influenced by William Robinson’s stunning painting The Rainforest, with elements of inspiration incorporated into the dining space.

‘The Rainforest provided plenty of inspiration and both The Exhibitionist Bar and Palette will be tied into the design of the rest of the building.

‘In Palette, expect to see lots of natural materials like timber and stone to create the feeling that you are in the undercroft of the rainforest,” said David.

David said the food philosophy will be quite simple, fresh and local, with the emphasis on using only the best seasonal produce available.

‘The dining scene is evolving on the Gold Coast, and we are looking forward to being a part of this space where quality food and flavours take the front of house,’ he said.

Over the next few months we’ll be bringing you more news on the food and beverages you can expect in the new HOTA Gallery and when bookings are likely to open; in the meantime, you can follow along on socials.

Palette Restaurant: Facebook and Instagram

The Exhibitionist Bar: Facebook and Instagram