éléments in the Hunter Valley
The name éléments is derived from the natural elements of fire, water and soil, components that resonate with the Hunter Valley region and are reflected in the entire restaurant experience.
Executive Chef Jean Marc Pollet has created a 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 Duck and Mushroom Pie with Asparagus Spears and Braised Beef Cheeks in Hunter Shiraz with Dutch Carrots and Broad Beans. The ingredients used are of best quality and include produce from the Chef’s very own garden on his 5-acre farm, and suppliers from around the Hunter Valley.
French-born Jean Marc has been in Australia for the past 33 years, is well known for his pioneering efforts to put the Hunter Valley on the map as a Food and Wine destination. He has a wide experience in hotel dining as well as a strong knowledge of Australian seasonal quality produce. He has been with Mercure Resort Hunter Valley Gardens for 9 years and is one of Hunter Valley’s most respected chefs.
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 are contrasted against Australian native culture.
The fresh open feel of this Hunter Valley Restaurant has been enhanced by a renovation including art pieces which work as a conversation piece for your evening. These complement the ambiance of the venue by highlighting the earthy stone feel with fresh water fountain views and a warm fire on colder nights.
The custom-designed 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 that have international presence, aimed to enhance the sensory experience of dining at éléments. More information on the local Artists and the Artworks featured can be found on our Artists Collaboratory page.
The Restaurant’s menu has insured a balance for both couples and family dining. A relaxed and affordable dining experience will also flow through to our éléments bar for a casual drink, game of pool or a listen to our classic vinyl record collection while accompanying on one of our instruments.
The restaurant menu flare will also resonate through new conference and wedding menu’s and experiences. Our facility is fully licensed with a local wine list with varied selections fto cater for your individual tastes.
Situated in the hub of Hunter Valley wine country, éléments is open seven days for cafe lunch and a-la-carte dinner.