Tue, October 22, 2013

Today at 6am Lasseters welcomed its first guests to Tali – their new 180 seat restaurant.  The opening is a result of a year of demolition and construction at a cost of $4.9million. 

Tali is open seven days a week, and offers breakfast (buffet and a la carte), lunch and dinner as well as brunch until 2pm on the weekends.  A la carte table service is complemented by an extensive wine list that combines popular wines with a few boutique, more unusual offerings. Tali was built to ensure that Lasseters’ product offering, of which dining is a key element, remains relevant and competitive within the hospitality and tourism industry.  The restaurant serves modern Australian cuisine with touches of the Outback and complements Lasseters’ existing offerings including the Juicy Rump bar and grill and Sukra, which offers Asian cuisine.  Chief Operating Officer, Chris Sartori explained:  “The development of a new restaurant that was different to our existing food and beverage offerings was needed to broaden our market appeal while retaining our existing customer base.”

The operation of Tali requires staffing that equates to 22 Full Time Equivalent employees and has resulted in the employment of 10 additional staff. Local businesses were also crucial to construction and fitout including Ilparpa Nursery (landscaping), TDC Refrigeration (coldrooms and refrigeration), Carla Furnishings (carpet), Ronin Security Technologies (surveillance), Central Comms (audio visual), Kurlben Paintingand Muk Muk Gallery (for custom-made artwork).

Tali means ‘sand dune’ in the Pitjantjatjara language and is a recurring theme in many local artworks featured within the new Premium hotel wing.  As well as strongly linking the restaurant to its Central Australian location, Tali is also reflective of the restaurant décor in terms of colour palette, carpet design, artwork, and landscaping. Local landscaper Tony Parkyn was contracted to create a large garden featuring shrubs, trees, grasses and flowers local to the area.  A miniature Todd River runs the length of the garden and evening guests can still enjoy the vista with the installation of strategic lighting that highlights some of the gardens best features.

Chief Operating Officer, Chris Sartori, is delighted with the restaurant; “Tali restaurant looks spectacular and the open-style design with display kitchen and indoor outdoor seating surrounded by Central Australian themed natural landscaping really captures the modern Red Centre design brief. We’re now looking forward to showing off the new restaurant to our customers and delivering quality contemporary Australian cuisine.

Tali provides seating for 180 people and diners have the option of sitting inside or outside on a shaded deck. Two private dining rooms are also available and are perfect for staff parties, meetings or special occasions.

“As well as our hotel guests, we are looking forward to welcoming the Alice Springs public to Tali.”

Tali is situated beside the Diamond Lounge, which is the Lasseters VIP gaming room and in the place of the old Samphire restaurant.  It also sits on top of the old swimming pool which was replaced with a heated resort-style pool and spa in 2012.  The restaurant is part of a venue-wide $35 million redevelopment project.  Demolition has commenced at the northern end of the property to make way for a new hotel reception and health club, which will be completed mid-2014.