I was asked tonight which are my favourite restaurants in Brisbane. It’s not the first time I’ve been asked and I realise that while I have only been writing this blog for a few months, I have been indulging in my food passion for far longer. So here is a very short, very sweet mention of a few of my favourites ….
Aria – Eagle St Pier, Brisbane
Matt Moran is unashamedly my foodie hero. He’s unpretentious, lives up to his food ideals (sustainability, waste not, paddock to plate) and is one of the nicest people I’ve met. An evening at Aria can be eye-wateringly expensive but is worth every hard-earned penny. It’s easy to tell when food is farmed, prepared and presented with unwavering dedication and care, but it’s not always easy to find. And you get what you pay for. I promise.
The Stokehouse – Southbank, Brisbane
Hot on Aria’s heels. This is a great destination for a summer’s lunch on the river. Go casual with the bar menu and a bottle of wine on the deck, or relish the very fine and beautifully presented, magnificently balanced dining in the restaurant.
Alchemy – Brisbane City
Heston-lovers this one’s for you. Gastronomy, liquid nitrogen and foams delight.
L’Aquitaine – Southbank, Brisbane
Slightly less pretentious, more modern French dining. Great value, fantastic service and on the river. Perfect for a pre-show dinner if you’re heading off to QPAC.
La Vie – Southbank, Brisbane
Also perfect for the pre-show dinner; this Italian gem is a must. Casual dining, lively (aka a little noisy) but great food. Don’t miss the arancini if it’s on the menu.
Mariosarti – Toowong, Brisbane
This was one of my very first Australian restaurant dining experiences and the first one I enjoyed. If you live in the area it’s worth a go. Contemporary Italian.
The Fat Noodle – Treasury Casino, Brisbane City
Blog coming soon, but if you’re after pho this is where it’s at. Luke Nguyen is the master of Vietnamese.
Oyama – Fortitude Valley, Brisbane
Traditional Japanese and outstanding. Mind you don’t confuse the wasabi for avo though (novice mistake – ahem).
Mons Sabai – Cannon Hill, Brisbane
My favourite Thai restaurant in Brisbane. Curry pastes are house-made and everything on the menu is good (yes, we’ve tried most of it). My favourites though – prawn and grapefruit salad (sometimes on the specials menu) and the red duck curry.
Kingsleys – Eagle St Pier, Brisbane
Contemporary Australian steakhouse. The best soft shell crab and you can’t beat the steaks. You might need to be a little patient though.
Didier – if you read this you’ll have to write to me with some suggestions for the Gold Coast 🙂
Look out for my breakfast guide … coming soon.