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Meet the Chef

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Ungki Lee

Chef Ungki Lee, begun his career in USA at Bottega Napa Valley before moving to Australia to further develop his philosophy. After working at the Three-hatted restaurant Esquire, he decided to refine his culinary skills with Michelin-starred Chef James Fiske. During this period he earned the title as Gold Coast’s Young Chef of the Year in 2017 and 2018. Since he joined Palazzo Versace as Vanitas Chef de Cuisine, his new authentic Italian menu has enhanced our ultimate fine dining experience.

356 Verified Diner Reviews

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Total Score

8.2
356 reviews
Recommended
(8.2)
Food
(8.2)
Service
(8.8)
Value for money
(7.6)
Atmosphere
(8.1)

dined on Sat, 27 Jul 2019

(7)
Entree was delicious but the main was average. Service was excellent.

dined on Sun, 21 Jul 2019

(10)
I had planned a surprise anniversary dinner for my wife and we both had such a wonderful time. We were looked after by Vadim and his service was top notch, the food and wine selection was excellent. Highly recommend !

dined on Mon, 3 Jun 2019

(10)
Service and food were both fantastic. I told them it was my birthday and got extra special treatment which was lovely, birthday sign on the table, complimentary Prosecco and chocolate happy birthday on my dessert. Very thoughtful.

dined on Sun, 12 May 2019

(10)
We enjoyed so much. Good Ambiance. Very posh. Vadim the waiter who served us deserves a promotion, Such a very nice person so very knowledgeable. He answers every single question regarding versace.

dined on Fri, 20 Sep 2019

(9)
My daughter and I enjoy degustation for our birthdays. Vanitas stands out as one of our all time favourites from the truffle butter to the flavourful tomatoes and the buffalo mozzarella to lovely surprises like the squid ink tuille, we loved every course. We would definitely come again. Loved it.

dined on Thu, 19 Sep 2019

(4)
We had very bad service. The server was non attentive and barely came to serve us. We had to track her down every time we needed something. She was talking with every other guests at their tables and it was awkward for us to call for her. It was a very uncomfortable experience. She didn’t ask us how the wine was or the meal. Food was very good.

dined on Fri, 6 Sep 2019

(8)
Wines very expensive

dined on Fri, 30 Aug 2019

(10)
Excellent fine dining experience! The food was an art form!

dined on Sat, 10 Aug 2019

(6)
We had 6 course degustation menu. The food was really quite good. The service was ok, but lacked confidence and knowledge. The dining room is nice if not a bit drab - very beige - which is odd for a Versace restaurant. All in all the experience was fine. Nothing amazing but not bad. The wine list marks up were quite high and at times confusing and inconsistent.
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About Vanitas - Palazzo Versace

As of Tuesday 14 November 2017 Vanitas reopened its doors with an injection of the Versace's DNA into the venue and has become an Italian dining experience to be enjoyed. We have been inspired by our heritage which runs through the core of our Palace and we want to share this with everyone. From the minute the doors open, our family becomes part of your family. The menu will focus on fresh, locally sourced ingredients prepared and plated by Vanitas Chef De Cuisine Andrew Musk and his culinary Team. The menu will feature starters, pasta dishes, main courses, sides and desserts. In addition, this menu will be complimented by a tasting menu with paired wines. The menu will change seasonally and will feature a daily special, however there a few key elements that will constantly provide a unique dining experience: • All pastas will be handmade onsite daily by the Chefs • Bread will be cut in the restaurant on a large butchers style block Vanitas Manager Marco Pietrobon and his talented Team will provide elegant service delivered in a casual, warm and friendly environment. Nergroni, Aperol Spritz and Prosecco will be offered upon arrival followed by a range of Italian wines that have been carefully selected from the most important regions of Italy’s wine landscape. In addition, a range of award winning wines from Australia and New Zealand will accompany the Italian varieties. Renowned among the best fine dining restaurants on the Gold Coast, Vanitas is an exceptional experience perfectly situated overlooking with sparkling lagoon with an exquisite 13-metre painting presenting the life of Gianni Versace on the opposing wall. The artwork illustrates the loves of Gianni's life and was inspired from his book "Do Not Disturb". Vanitas restaurant sets the scene for sophisticated fine dining, celebrating the freshest in local produce while focusing on an ever-evolving seasonal menu.

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