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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Mercure Hunter Valley Resort unveils a brand new restaurant, éléments.

Elements Serves Up the Perfect Wine Country Dining Experience

Mercure Hunter Valley Resort unveils a brand new restaurant, éléments, in a dramatic transformation from the previous Hunter Valley Steakhouse Restaurant.

The name 'éléments' is derived from the natural elements of fire, water and soil components that resonates with the Hunter Valley region, and reflected in the entire dining experience.

General Manager Mercure Hunter Valley Resort Paul O'Rourke said, “We are excited by this new dining offering which we believe is unique to the Hunter Valley. The popular Steakhouse has been around for seven years and we felt it was time for change, offering something different in Wine Country and keeping up with the culinary trends of Australia.”

Executive Chef Jean Marc Pollet has created a new menu driven by the food philosophy of the fusion of classic French cuisine with Australian produce. The inspired menu features local and seasonal produce executed with a French flair, and has signature dishes such as Snapper Soufflé with New Zealand Scampi as well as Poached Ocean Trout and King Prawns 'Bouillabaisse Style'. The ingredients used are of best quality and include produce from the Chef's very own garden on his 5-acres farm.

French-born Jean Marc has been in Australia for the past 28 years and has wide experience in hotel dining as well as strong knowledge of Australian seasonal quality produce. He has been with Mercure Hunter Valley Resort for six years and is one of Hunter Valley's most respected chefs.

The refurbishment of the restaurant showcases a new look designed by local artist Annemarie Murland. Taking inspiration from the culinary direction of éléments, design aspects derived from classic French art is contrasted against Australian native culture.

A custom-design feature mirror is the stand-out of the restaurant, with an intricately-ornate frame set against the Australian gum walls. The design of the mirror is inspired by the painting 'Un Bar aux Folies Bergére', the last major work by French painter Édouard Manet. It depicts a scene in the Folies Bergére nightclub in Paris as reflected against a mirror behind the bar.

Further, the walls are adorned with commissioned oil artworks by local artists, Caelli Brooker, AJ Byrnes, Andy Devine, Kiera O'Toole and Annemarie Murland. These artists also have international presence and their artworks are aimed to enhance the sensory experience of dining at éléments.

Situated in the hub of Hunter Valley wine country, éléments is open seven nights for dinner, and for lunch on weekends.

To book and for more information, visit or call 02-4998 2000.

About Mercure

For more than 35 years, within the Accor Group, Mercure has exemplified expert hospitality and personalised service. Operating in more than 50 countries around the world, Mercure boasts hotels withdistinctive personalities carefully preserved through the type of services offered and the decor, both of which vary from one hotel to the next. The hotel managers and staff of the 700 Mercure hotels arehospitality professionals. Attentive and available, they are ready to listen and make sure their guests enjoy a stay full of genuine moments of pleasure and relaxation in a truly warm and comfortable setting. More information on Mercure hotels is available on

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