Gold Coast venue awarded best hotel restaurant in the country

The Gold Coast is now home to the best hotel restaurant in the country, following a prestigious award ceremony last night.

The 2020 Hotel Management Awards for Hotel and Accommodation Excellence were held in Sydney last night, with over 1,000 finalists in some 40 categories.

In great news for a local rooftop venue Nineteen at The Star, they’ve beaten out 30 finalists to win the title of best ‘hotel restaurant’ across Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific.


Nineteen at The Star Executive Chef Uday Huja said he was delighted to have the venue recognised at an awards ceremony in Sydney last night.

“This is a fantastic testament to our talented food and beverage team who come to work each day with such incredible passion and a genuine love for the hospitality industry,” Chef Uday said.

“We enjoy nothing more than interacting and entertaining our guests with stories about what inspired our menu; where our produce comes from; and letting them enjoy all the theatre behind our creations through our kitchen, designed to be seen through a glass window from our dining area.

“We continue to innovate our menu, working closely with farmers and producers to ensure we keep sourcing premium and sustainable produce,” Chef Uday said.

The Star Gold Coast COO Jessica Mellor congratulated the team for being recognised on an international stage.

“This is a wonderful achievement for Chef Uday and his entire team who have worked hard to create unique and bespoke dining experiences for our guests.

“The venue opened in 2018 and since then has become one of the Gold Coast’s most award-winning and sought after dining spots, with its gorgeous rooftop location and incredible views of the glittering Gold Coast skyline where you can often see whales breaching the water.

“With such a breathtaking spot, delicious food, and outstanding service, it’s great to see the team be recognised through awards like this and we look forward to seeing the venue achieve even more in 2021,” Ms Mellor said.

A number of Gold Coast venues were amongst the nominations, with the full list of winners to be released on the HM Awards website.