Tucked inside the opulence and sparkle that is the Palazzo Versace Hotel on the Gold Coast, lies a stunning buffet restaurant that offers some tasty seafood come dinner time, and a delicious buffet breakfast in the mornings. Luxury and indulgence can be found at Il Barocco Restaurant at Main Beach.
It is tricky to know where to start come breakfast time. You are escorted to your table of choice, and you do not even need to be a guest at the hotel to enjoy. The decor is second to none. Tasteful Versace branded furniture and cutlery is only the beginning. Feeling special (like you know you have worked hard for it) is pristine, especially with picking up a Versace plate that easily costs around $200 alone, with the Versace symbol looking back up at you to enjoy. Ah, what a pleasant mirror, even if the moments are fleeting.
The staff will ask you (straight up) if you would like a tea or coffee, and the whole experience seems unreal, and it kind of is. If the hot stuff does not take your fancy, there are some fresh juices to be enjoyed. I devoured the apple and guava juice. Was not in the mood for any cereal, so opted for some fresh fruit for starters. The freshest honeydew one has enjoyed in a while, as well as the biggest, juiciest strawberries that ooze with that strong fruity flavour without being overly sweet. Yes, those childhood memories of Strawberry Shortcake can come back at you, and in a pleasant way. Come to think of it, the honeydew pieces were even a hit among the kids in attendance.
Yoghurt parfaits were also available. It is your choice from either mango, passionfruit and berries with crunchy, flavoursome muesli. Such a simple treat to set the scene before tucking into a hot breakfast dish. A great selection of Asian and antipasto treats did not spoil the appetites either. Sushi lovers, it's true. you can enjoy some soy sauce, ginger and wasabi, even at breakfast time.
The array of different hot breakfast treats was amazing. You can even see the magic happening with an open planned kitchen. The sauteed mushrooms oozed a drizzle of butter, yet they weren't fattening whatsoever. Some basil leaves ensured a match made in heaven with some healthy mushrooms. The bacon was also heavenly, and surprisingly good was the chorizo sausage. Also went for a veal chipolata, yet a bit of magic tomato sauce would have been satisfying with that. No time or room to worry, the experience was divine. Went for a small piece of French toast with some raspberry coulis, and the serving size was just right, and the combinations easily melt in your mouth, the way you would want them to. It was great to observe that the raspberry coulis did not taste overly sweet.
The ambience, and the marble floors are also divine. This is a palace of sorts.
The pancakes were also great. Having some maple syrup was essential to wetten the pancakes some more. Love the grilled tomato, it was served at the right temperature, and so were the eggs and baked beans. You can have your eggs poached, boiled, fried or scrambled here. There was another guest asking for some eggs benedict, and just as well as there was some delicious hollandaise sauce ready for the taking.
Luckily there was some room left for the yummiest pastries one has ever tasted at any hotel restaurant. The pastry was light and fluffy, without being overly glazed. The subtle glazing was an asset to this yummy dessert. The fruit inside was just divine. Left a bit of the brioche though, that was a little too dry.