GOLD COAST, Australia, Dec. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Jupiters Gold Coast launched its brand new Japanese restaurant and bar Kiyomi on December 17 with a star-studded celebrity and media cocktail event.
Kiyomi Launch – Jupiters Hotel & Casino MD Queensland, Geoff Hogg with Executive Chef Chase Kojima and Gold Coast Deputy Mayor Donna Gates
Celebrity guests included Pamela Stephenson Connolly, The Veronicas (Lisa & Jess Origliasso), Ricki Lee Coulter, Natalie Bassingthwaighte and Adam Liaw.
The evening was hosted by Managing Director, Queensland, Geoff Hogg, and internationally renowned Restaurant Executive Chef Chase Kojima, who celebrated the event with a traditional sake barrel ceremony, signifying harmony and good fortune.
Jupiters’ Managing Director, Queensland, Geoff Hogg, said that the launch of Kiyomi signified an important step in Jupiters’ transformation into a world-class integrated resort.
"We can now offer our guests and visitors dining to the standard found at globally-recognized high-end integrated resorts at Las Vegas or Macau, while at the same time providing a unique Gold Coast experience," said Geoff.
Restaurant Executive Chef Chase Kojima said he was excited to give celebrities and media a taste of what visitors could expect from his second Australian restaurant.
"I’ve been amazed by the quality of produce here in Queensland and it has inspired me to design a menu that is not only modern Japanese but with the flavors of the Gold Coast and Queensland infused throughout," said Chase.
Guests were treated to a selection of delicious tasting plates including scallop, yuzu honey, scorched corn and mache; hiramasu kingfish, miso ceviche, crispy potato and lime; and a "Goma Street" dessert – tempered dark chocolate, caramelized white chocolate mousse and black sesame ice cream.
Also unveiled at the launch event was a custom-created fluorescent UV artwork by Tokyo-based Houxo Que, a Japanese street artist. The large-scale piece covering an entire wall of the restaurant was installed at the venue over several days and is Houxo Que’s first exhibited work in Australia.
Kiyomi is the first restaurant to be launched as part of the property’s $345 million transformation. It follows a new poolside experience which opened last week featuring private bungalows, cabanas, and a poolside bar. A new Italian restaurant, Cucina Vivo, will also open this Summer.
When complete the redevelopment will also include a new six-star luxury hotel tower and an array of contemporary restaurants and bars.
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