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Saturday 27 November 2021

Dining poolside will revive a Brisbane tradition

It doesn't get much more Australian than enjoying a drink or two poolside on a summer day. 

Hyatt Regency Brisbane guests can enjoy cocktails, classic Aussie dishes and some sunshine when the Hibiscus Room opens poolside on December 8. 

The 90-seat restaurant and bar surrounds the hotel's infinity pool overlooking Queen Street Mall and some of Brisbane's heritage buildings. 

First established in 1884, Lennons Hotel opened at the current Hyatt Regency Brisbane site on Queen Street in 1972. 

Located originally on levels 25-26, Hibiscus Room was the city's leading bar, dining, and musical venue. 

"We are proud to revive the joyous story of Hibiscus Room, a Brisbane icon at Lennons Hotel," says Hyatt Regency Brisbane general manager Saraid Carey. 

"In our design we will deliver the best of the Queensland lifestyle with a fun nostalgic twist, having taken the time to listen to the special stories of the Lennons' past from locals across the decades

"The menu will showcase simple and delicious locally sourced food from this amazing region, wines both locally and old world and a little nod to the past with inspired cocktails.” 

Head chef Ricky Cheung will spotlight sustainable local produce and showcasing technique that he's honed in roles at the acclaimed Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong and Nobu Melbourne. 

"I've always been passionate about using seasonal and local produce, so it's wonderful to get to work with Queensland's best, from seafood to beef and tropical produce," he says. 

Signature dishes include an  entrée of chilled Moreton Bay bug cocktail; barbecue grilled local king prawns with chilli and mango salsa, Rockhampton beef rump cap and Southern Queensland lamb loin chops. 

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