Height of perfection – interview in Living Bliss magazine

We’re so pleased to be able to offer engaged couples an incredible waterfront wedding reception venue with amazing food and service upstairs at 360Q. Read this fabulous interview with our chief Barry Iddles who chats about weddings, food and the wow factor which appears in the very glamorous Living Bliss magazine!

 

“Every wedding is wedding of the year,” says Barry lddles, acclaimed chef and owner of 3600. As Oueenscliff’s most vibrant restaurant and event space, a wedding here is truly unique in every season.

Situated right on Oueenscliff Harbour, the light­ filled building, flanked by sheltered terraces and the bobbing marina, is a contemporary jewel on the historic peninsula.

We’re chatting in the observation tower, a viewing deck accessed from the venue’s reception room. With 360° views from 40 metres above the harbour, weddings here soar to new heights.

Following nuptials, couples can use the tower space for photos or even host a small reception for a sit-down dinner for 24 guests or finger-food for 60. On the second level, the venue’s reception room seats 180 diners or caters to 200 for a cocktail party. Here, dramatic views of Port Phillip Bay span every window.

A central bar ensures efficient drinks service and doubles as a clever noise buffer from the lively dance floor, promising guests’ endless conversation as they dine on 3600’s renowned flawless cuisine. With a career spanning four decades, Barry has satisfied

the most famous of appetites. Michael Jackson, Harry Connick Jnr, Kylie Minogue and more. At 3600, every couple gets the same star-treatment. Barry and his long-standing staff tailor each event and assume perfection from the word go.

“All my staff should think like a customer because people are here to relax,” Barry says. “I’m pedantic about food and service . We ask couples what their favourite flavours and cuisines are and develop a menu around their tastes.”

This could mean funky Lebanese fatayers, steamed duck with lemongrass buns or Indonesian dengdeng balado slow-cooked beef ribs. Orders are taken at the table and meats are cooked as individuals desire. Exquisite dessert choices are offered on grazing platters.

“There’s no excuse to serve sub-standard food at a wedding,” says Barry. “The focus is on impact and individuality. It’s got to be quirky, it’s got to be different, it’s got to be fun. Food makes the event.” As does a spectacular ocean sunset viewed from every corner of this venue and especially brilliant from the tower.

“Weddings are all about wow factor,” adds Barry.

360Q is located at 2 Wharf St, Queenscliff. See our Weddings page for more details about our venue. To get a quote for your wedding, call 5257 4200 or email enquiries@360q.com.au.

This article originally appeared in the latest issue of Living Bliss magazine