Sit, share, and enjoy – that’s the philosophy behind Port Douglas’ new eatery, Epicurean.

After selling up in regional Western Victoria, Rohan and Marlene hit the road with their two kids and pup last January on a once in a lifetime road trip around Australia.  In an all too familiar story, adventures were re-routed as the global pandemic set in, and Rohan and Marlene made plans to settle in a town they had never been too – Port Douglas.

Marlene and Rohan come to Port Douglas with a highly reputable background in boutique food & wine, having founded and operated Steel Cutters Cottage in the Northern Grampians, regional Victoria.

When about it comes to living in Port Douglas, Marlene and Rohan say it’s all in the mood.

“Everyone you encounter is wearing a smile, there’s genuine warmth and positivity, and so many people are willing to get behind us, it’s really touching.”

With a love of food & wine that couldn’t be tempered, and entrepreneurial spirts just as strong, it wasn’t long before they were scoping out spaces, and making plans to open a boutique eatery in Macrossan St.

“Epicurean is about celebrating the beautiful pleasures of life – fine food, wine and friendships,” said Marlene.  “We want to create an experience where people come and enjoy beautifully curated wine and food – sit, chat and connect.”

“We don’t want to be a frenetic business.” Added Rohan. “We want to operate a calm and enjoyable space where people can enjoy hand-crafted foods, paired with spectacular wines – hand-selected from family-owned wineries around the country.”

Storytelling is at the heart of Epicurean and Marlene and Rohan will take you through the journeys of the wine and food on offer.

Epicurean will open in Macrossan Street in the coming days, and will offer provincial-style shared food boards, wines by the glass from eight Australian boutique wineries, and a small, carefully curated providore.