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“MERCURE RISING”

Whether it be a buffet breakfast or a formal wedding event, with the perfect balance of picturesque charm and modern elegance, Mercure Townsville is hot-to-trot on the local culinary scene and there are so many reasons why.

Positioned in the heart of our great city, Mercure Townsville is an award-winning boutique hotel, set on 11 acres of exquisitely landscaped, tropical gardens. As well as the stunning scenery, Mercure Townsville caters not only to visitors, but also the public, has a number of gorgeous function spaces to choose from and is home to the fab Celsius Restaurant.

On the surface, one could just shelve Mercure Townsville as another hotel which, while a wonderful asset to our tourism industry, doesn’t really command a visit by locals. But boasting kitchen, catering and event staff that are dedicated to making every detail memorable, beautifully appointed décor, delectable cuisine and impeccable service, Mercure Townsville really is the complete package when zoomed in on just that little bit closer.

Let’s take a look.

 

CELSIUS RESTAURANT
Set by Mercure Townsville’s centrepiece resort-style pool, the food at Celsius is as fresh and inspiring as the ambiance
surrounding the restaurant itself.

Featuring both indoor and outdoor dining options, Celsius offers a seasonal menu that will no doubt delight the palette.

You see, here at Celsius, it’s all about relaxed and simple food, gracing a touch of global influence … all uniquely fused with our tropical northern way of life.

One of the most wonderful things about Celsius at Mercure Townsville is that it is an all-day dining establishment – meaning you will find it open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, each and every day. This is great on so many levels, one of those being, that it helps us figure out where to start telling you about it – at breakfast, of course.

Celsius is renowned for its lavish and rich daily breakfast buffets, and it is certainly no wonder why. Understanding that mornings are hard enough as it is, they sort the quandary of ‘what should I eat in order to get moving today?’ somewhat easily, with their International Full Buffet Breakfast.

It seriously offers the best of everything. Poached, scrambled and fried eggs. An omelette station (we promise you didn’t read that wrong). Classic bacon and sausage are there too. And we can’t forget sautéed mushrooms, grilled juicy tomato, golden hash browns, pastries, seasonal fruits, cereals, yoghurts, seeds, nuts and more.

Yes, we said ‘more’.

There is a super-fun (and ultra indulgent) pancake station, as well as some random kitchen fun gracing the feast on weekends, depending on how the crew in the kitchen feel. We have seen them mix things up with such additions as mini eggs benny, breakfast burritos, and breakfast pizzas. They all love a ‘special appearance’.

And, what breakfast is complete without a hot cup of barista-made coffee and a selection of icy cold fruit juices? It’s not even a question, because these are all there too.

We should point out here that the buffet breakfast at Celsius is by no means restricted to guests of the hotel. You, your Grandmother, your friend Evan’s eight kids (and their friends), as well as your child’s soccer coach are all welcome here. But, if you have a hefty number of people coming, please be courteous enough to lock in a prior booking.

Guests and visitors to Mercure Townsville can also enjoy full a la carte dining at Celsius for both lunch and dinner, a convenient seven days a week.

Featuring the option of dining inside or in the refreshing breeze on the poolside deck, Celsius offers a menu that is sure to delight the palette. Changing with the seasons, each menu blends modern Australian specialties with dishes that draw inspiration from cuisines around the world, all while devoutly utilising seasonal produce and ingredients of the highest quality, sourced from around the North Queensland countryside.

Headed up by Davis Kwarcianyi, the Celsius kitchen is one that really takes pride in its work. We could talk for hours about the visual impact the dishes at Celsius have as they land on the table. These aren’t just dishes, but works of art. Who would think that a plate of brisket and root vegetables could make a diner so excited? Trust us, it can.

We’ll make special mention here of just a couple of the dishes from Celsius’ new Spring menu. Firstly, the Smoked Beef Brisket with parsnip puree, roasted beetroot, macadamia and broccolini. This robust and succulent meaty dish will fall apart as you eat it and the beautiful smokey flavour is on point. The contrasting colours of the fresh produce just pop off the slate crockery and seem to simply holler ‘spring’.

It all just works so well.

For a mind-blowing dessert, try the Coconut Ice Cream Sandwich served with chocolate chip cookie and pineapple syrup. This dish has the perfect amount of richness and a scattering of sorbet that could melt hearts just as quickly as it melts in your mouth.

But if sweet curtains to a meal aren’t really your thing, then we can very highly recommend the Gallo cheese board to end your degustation. Starring a trio of cheeses sourced from Gallo Dairyland just 350km north of Townsville, and supported by quince paste, mixed nuts and water crackers, this is the perfect accompaniment to a relaxing poolside glass of vino.

At Celsius, you can expect urban food, unsung heroes and some guilty pleasures to satisfy your appetite, with a
smorgasbord of fresh dishes which ensures that, no matter your age or taste, there’s always a delicious option on offer for you.

 

MERCURE SUNDAYS
They say that Sunday is the day of rest, and we take that to mean that it should be spent sipping cool drinks in the sunshine, with a side of bar snacks and good mates.

We blatantly refuse to let a looming Monday morning spoil our fun (especially in our picturesque Spring weather), and as such, like to finish our weekends on a high note – with Mercure Sundays.

Every Sunday from 1pm until 5pm, Celsius Restaurant and Bar chills out and transforms to host one of Townsville’s best and newest Sunday sessions.

With free entry to relax and enjoy live music (featuring the talented likes of Caitlin Cox, Elise Teitzel, Fraser Yuill Scott and Sugar – Jazz Band), flowing cold beverages and delicious food, what’s not to love?

If all this isn’t enough to get you over the line, then perhaps we should mention that the lagoon-style pool is also open for you (and/or the kidlets) to enjoy too.

Speaking of the kids, they eat free when dining during restaurant hours. So make a day of it and kick on after lunch in the restaurant, or come a bit later and stay for dinner. Either way, an afternoon at Mercure Sundays is pretty much
guaranteed to delay the inevitable onset of Mondayitis… if only for a little while.

 

WEDDINGS, PARTIES, ANYTHING
Planning an event but would rather die than get stuck with a handful of helium balloons and a bland canapé platter?

Never fear, as Mercure Townsville is one of the best in town when it comes to hosting functions. Everything from small business meetings, to trade shows and expos, private and corporate parties, and gorgeous weddings are all in a days work for the team at Mercure.

Along with the dining options at Celsius Restaurant, the hotel offers a range of private indoor and outdoor event spaces to cover any sized event for up to 300 people. Meetings and conferences assume a more relaxed pace at Mercure Townsville, with their ten function rooms all boasting plenty of inspiring natural light, along with the latest conference technology – not to mention state-of-the-art food and beverage – all at competitive pricing.

But the real jewel in the Mercure crown has to be their award-winning weddings. Named both Queensland and national winners of ‘Best Hotel Reception Venue’ in the 2017 Australian Bridal Industry Academy ‘Designer of Dreams’ awards, Mercure Townsville are proud of their ability to deliver their product and service to their brides and grooms with passion and professionalism.

In a time-hungry age where far flung family, friends and relatives find it increasingly difficult to come together, a wedding is a momentous occasion and one that Mercure Townsville has a wonderful ability to make incredibly magical.

GETTING FESTIVE
With the arrival of Spring, comes the realisation that the next three months will see us all frantically preparing for Christmas… and the parties that come with it!

This year, Mercure Townsville is getting in on the festivities and offering a number of corporate Christmas party packages to help take the hassle out of your Yule.

From lively cocktail parties to delicious lunch and dinner options, Mercure can help you celebrate the Christmas season in style, with four packages available and starting at $45 per person.

Each available package includes room hire, staff service,  private bar access, bon-bons, linen, crockery, centrepieces, decorations, and of course, beautiful food options. For more information on these events, be sure to contact the sales team at the venue on 4759 4908 or events@mercuretownsville.com.au (and we suggest you do so quickly to secure your preferred dates).

It’s no secret that in this day and age, we all want to both work and play in style and comfort. And if we are talking about secrets, then it goes without saying that perhaps Mercure Townsville is one of Townsville’s best-kept ones.

Offering an exceptional level of sophistication, comfort and calm, the centrally located Mercure is just the oasis you need after a busy day of meetings, family adventures or travel.

So whether you are just starting your day in Townsville or winding it down, planning a business meeting, corporate soiree or a full scale function, or even just wanting to relax with a cool drink, Mercure Townsville is the perfect option.

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