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Michelin-starred chef’s new restaurant to open at Versace this week

A Michelin-starred Chef is set to open a brand new restaurant on the Gold Coast this Friday.

Chef Manjunath Mural from Singapore has joined forces with Sridhar Penumechu of Saffron Restaurant to create a new destination dining and bar experience at Palazzo Versace called KOKUM by Chef Mural.

The new restaurant will offer a distinctive menu that will take traditional Indian preparation methods and blend them with flavours from Australia, including local seafood, meats, herbs and vegetables, all sourced from providores supplying the best produce in South East Queensland and Northern New South Wales.


Chef Mural was awarded one Michelin star in 2016, 2017 and again in 2018 as Executive Chef of Song of India, a modern Singaporean restaurant. He was also named World Gourmet Summit 2012’s Best Asian Chef in Singapore and has cooked as a guest chef for top restaurants in Asia and the Middle East.

Chef Mural said he loves the Queensland lifestyle and is looking forward to welcoming diners to KOKUM.

“Our new restaurant will take Asian-Indian cuisine to a new level. At Palazzo Versace we will bring our international talents together to inject a fresh experience to the Gold Coast dining landscape.”

The new restaurant exudes a sophisticated yacht feel with warm hues of copper and brass, accents of dark wood and matt black and is set overlooking the Broadwater where guests will be able to gaze over the boats in the marina.

Seating 80 guests dining and up to 120 guests dining and in the bar lounge area, the venue also holds a private dining room for 12-14 guests and a semi private dining room for 14-16 people.

Carla Tooma

Carla is a full time journalist, presenter and announcer for 102.9 Hot Tomato and, joining the team towards the end of 2011. When she is isn’t busy presenting all of myGC’s videos, bringing you the latest news or chatting live on air, Carla will often be found scoping out the hottest local events. Carla holds a Bachelor of Journalism degree from Bond University, where she graduated with number of First in Class and Dean’s List of Academic Excellence awards. Carla is also a well-regarded MC, singer and actor. Some of her credits include hosting the Australia’s Next Top Model Queensland Auditions for Foxtel, guest starring on Toybox for Channel Seven, and performing as Mrs Banks in The Arts Centre Gold Coast’s production of Mary Poppins.

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