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n BAVAR­IAN BIER CAFÉ. Bavar­ian. Bavar­ian Bier Café is per­fectly po­si­tioned on the Bris­bane wa­ter­front at Ea­gle Street Pier. You’ll find all of your favourite Bavar­ian-style dishes on the menu, as well as an ex­ten­sive range of Pure Biers, schnapps and wine. Be sure to take ad­van­tage of their all day menu, which runs un­til 10pm each night.

Level 1, 45 Ea­gle Street, Ea­gle Street Pier, Bris­bane. Daily 11am–late. 3015 0555. bavar­i­an­bier­

n CUS­TOMS HOUSE RESTAU­RANT. Mod­ern Aus­tralian. At Cus­toms House Restau­rant guests can dine in­side in her­itage sur­round­ings or out­side over­look­ing the river and the Story Bridge. En­joy fresh sea­sonal pro­duce and lo­cal seafood that is sourced daily. Guests can be as­sured of ex­cel­lent food, fan­tas­tic river views and friendly, pro­fes­sional ser­vice. The wine list has qual­ity wines from lo­cal, na­tional and in­ter­na­tional winer­ies.

399 Queen Street, Bris­bane. Lunch daily 12pm–4pm, din­ner Tue–sat from 6pm, Sun­day break­fast from 9am. 3365 8921. cus­

n FRI­DAY’S. Mod­ern Aus­tralian. Fri­day’s restau­rant/bar and night­club is sit­u­ated in the River­side Cen­tre. With ex­pan­sive ter­races and a stylish bar, Fri­day’s is a pop­u­lar lunch and din­ner des­ti­na­tion for city work­ers and vis­i­tors alike. Af­ter dark, Fri­day’s is an im­mensely pop­u­lar nightspot with res­i­dent DJS and live mu­sic Wed­nes­day to Sun­day.

River­side Cen­tre, 123 Ea­gle Street, Bris­bane. 3832 2122. fri­

n OTTO RIS­TORANTE. Ital­ian. At the fore­front of mod­ern Ital­ian cui­sine, OTTO Ris­torante rein­vents the flavours of Italy in stylish new forms, ac­com­pa­nied by im­pec­ca­ble ser­vice in a unique set­ting over­look­ing Bris­bane’s Story Bridge. OTTO was named Best New Restau­rant in Queens­land by Bris­bane Times Good Food Guide this year.

Level 4, 480 Queen Street, Bris­bane. Lunch Sun–fri 12pm–3pm, din­ner Mon–sat 6pm–10pm. 3835 2888. ot­toris­­bane

n PONY. Mod­ern Aus­tralian. Pony at Ea­gle Street Pier of­fers premier wa­ter­front din­ing and an iconic out­door bar with gar­den ter­race boast­ing un­ri­valled views of the Bris­bane River to Story Bridge. At the heart of Pony is an open-plan kitchen with a wood fire grill, open coal pit and a con­tem­po­rary mod­ern Aus­tralian menu.

Up­per Level, Ea­gle Street Pier, 18/45 Ea­gle Street, Bris­bane. Sun–thu 11.30am–10pm, Fri–sat 11.30am–10.30pm. 3181 3400. pony­din­

n ROOM WITH ROSES. Mod­ern Aus­tralian/

High Tea. Lo­cated in the her­itage listed Bris­bane Ar­cade, Room with Roses is an iconic Bris­bane din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. A haven away from the bustling Bris­bane streets, they spe­cialise in high tea. Choose from a

Deluxe High Tea, Cham­pagne High Tea, or even a Choco­late High Tea. Try their de­li­cious rasp­berry scones with home­made jam and Chan­tilly cream, or if you are af­ter some­thing more sub­stan­tial they also serve break­fast and lunch, or why not try one of their gourmet pic­nic ham­pers.

Gallery Level, Bris­bane Ar­cade, En­trance via 160 Queen Street, Queen Street Mall, Bris­bane. Daily for break­fast, lunch and high tea. 3229 7050. roomwith­

n SAKÉ RESTAU­RANT & BAR. Japanese. Saké Restau­rant & Bar serves con­tem­po­rary Japanese cui­sine at Bris­bane’s iconic Ea­gle Street Pier. Along with a chic de­signer set­ting, mod­elled on its Syd­ney si­b­ling, and an out­stand­ing menu cre­ated by ex­ec­u­tive chef Daisake Sakai, Saké has a dis­tinct lo­cal

flavour, with chef Sakai draw­ing on his ex­ten­sive knowl­edge of tra­di­tional Japanese cui­sine to de­liver a sen­sa­tional bar menu and sea­sonal ad­di­tions to the main menu.

Level 1, 45 Ea­gle Street, Ea­gle Street Pier, Bris­bane. Daily lunch 12pm–3pm, din­ner 6pm–late (from 5.30pm on Sat). 3015 0557. sak­er­estau­

n SONO BRIS­BANE CITY. Japanese. For an au­then­tic Japanese din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence try Sono Bris­bane City. Sono Restau­rant pro­vides a re­lax­ing, tran­quil es­cape from city life, set within an in­ner city rooftop gar­den. Us­ing the finest Japanese tra­di­tions, fresh qual­ity in­gre­di­ents and pre­ci­sion tech­niques, Sono Bris­bane City show­cases the best in Japanese cui­sine. Choose from à la carte sashimi and sushi, or mains such as chicken teriyaki or grilled lamb cut­lets.

Level 1, Tat­ter­salls Build­ing, cnr Queen and Ed­ward Streets, Bris­bane. Lunch Mon– Sat 11.30am–2.30pm, din­ner Mon–thu 6pm–9.30pm, Fri–sat 6pm–10pm. 3220 1888. sonorestau­

n THE SPAGHETTI HOUSE. Ital­ian. A vi­brant, cosy and fam­ily run Ital­ian trat­to­ria, The Spaghetti House serves rus­tic fares, in­tended to be en­joyed over the per­fect spritz or vino and with per­fect com­pany. Lo­cated in sunny South Bank, the friendly ser­vice and re­laxed at­mos­phere will make you feel wel­come and at home. Serv­ing up mod­ern and tra­di­tional Ital­ian dishes with im­pres­sive pre­sen­ta­tion, The Spaghetti House is not to be missed!

Cnr Lit­tle Stan­ley, Grey and Glenelg Streets, South Bank, Bris­bane. Daily lunch 11.30am–3pm, din­ner 5pm–10pm. 3844 4844. spaghet­ti­


Euro­pean. En­joy an au­then­tic Euro­pean din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence at Torba Restau­rant and Lounge. They serve an eclec­tic menu fea­tur­ing tra­di­tional Euro­pean dishes from Ital­ian, French, Rus­sian, Hun­gar­ian and Ge­or­gian cuisines. You’ll be spoiled for choice with a menu in­clud­ing piz­zas and pas­tas as well as Hun­gar­ian beef goulash and Rus­sian dumplings fol­lowed by a white choco­late crème brulee for dessert. Paired with ex­quis­ite cock­tails, Rus­sian vod­kas and live mu­sic, you’ll have a night you won’t for­get at Torba. 164 Lit­tle Stan­ley Street, South Bank. Daily 11am–mid­night. 3844 1603.

n TORO BRAVO. Span­ish. Toro Bravo unites au­then­tic ta­pas and the best char­grilled pro­duce. Head chef Chris An­der­son leads the bri­gade, cre­at­ing rus­tic plates, much of it de­signed to share, with smok­ing and char­ring steal­ing the show. Span­ish, Old and New World wines and beers are show­cased, and cock­tails are ‘de­cid­edly Latin’. Toro Bravo prom­ises to be a great place for some lively drink­ing and feast­ing.

455 Brunswick Street, For­ti­tude Val­ley. Tue–sat 12pm–late, Sun–mon from 4pm. 3852 3533. toro­


Perched over the river, The Waterline Restau­rant takes full ad­van­tage of the river, bridge and cliff views. The mod­ern Aus­tralian menu show­cases pre­mium 1824 Beef from The Aus­tralian Agri­cul­tural Com­pany and lo­cal seafood in a stylish and ca­sual set­ting.

Fri­day’s, River­side Cen­tre, 123 Ea­gle Street, Bris­bane. 3832 2122. fri­


n SONO PORTSIDE. Japanese. Visit Sono Portside for Japanese din­ing at its best with water­side views of Bris­bane River. Tran­quil water foun­tains and bam­boo ac­cents will trans­port you to Ja­pan, while the mod­ern and con­tem­po­rary cui­sine will

wow you with its rich, au­then­tic flavours. Fea­tur­ing a team of highly spe­cialised Japanese chefs, you can be as­sured you’ll re­ceive the high­est qual­ity of ser­vice and food at Sono Portside.

Portside Wharf, 39 Her­cules Street, Hamil­ton. Lunch Wed–sun 12.30pm–2.30pm, din­ner Tue–thu 6pm–9.30pm, Fri–sat 6pm–10pm, Sun 6pm–9pm. 3268 6655. sonorestau­


n SUM­MIT RESTAU­RANT. Mod­ern Aus­tralian. For a uniquely Bris­bane des­ti­na­tion and one that is recog­nised as one of Aus­tralia’s most ro­man­tic, Sum­mit Restau­rant, Mt Coot-tha, is an ex­quis­ite din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. Ex­ec­u­tive chef Sa­muel Mc­crys­tal and his team care­fully craft sea­sonal menus to ex­cite even the most dis­cern­ing food critic. Din­ing at this iconic Bris­bane trea­sure is a must for lo­cals and vis­i­tors alike.

Open daily, 11.30am–late. 1012 Sir Sa­muel Grif­fith Drive, Mt Coot-tha. 3369 9922. bris­banelook­



Aus­tralian. Lo­cated in fash­ion­able New Farm, The Bal­four Kitchen is an in­ti­mate neigh­bour­hood restau­rant open for break­fast, lunch, high tea, and din­ner. Guests are in­vited to dine in­side or en­joy the al­fresco ex­pe­ri­ence of a clas­sic Queens­lan­der wrap-around ve­ran­dah and in­ti­mate court­yard shaded by Frangi­pani trees. The Bal­four Kitchen is a hid­den gem de­liv­er­ing a unique din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, who re­cently re­ceived one Chef Hat in the 2017 Bris­bane Times Good Food Guide.

37 Bal­four Street, New Farm. Break­fast Mon–fri 6.30am–11.30am, Sat–sun 7.30am–2pm, lunch Mon–fri 12pm–2pm, din­ner Mon–sat 5.30pm–8.30pm. 3358 8888. spicers­bal­fourho­

n WATT. Mod­ern Aus­tralian. From edgy cock­tails and craft beers, to an­tipasto boards and prawn slid­ers, grab a table by the bar and en­joy the ca­sual river­side set­ting at Watt. If you’re look­ing for some­thing more sub­stan­tial, work your way through the menu at New Farmer’s Kitchen and in­dulge in share feasts with your fam­ily and friends.

Bris­bane Pow­er­house, 119 Lam­ing­ton Street, New Farm. Mon 10.30am–7pm, Tue–fri 10.30am–late, Sat–sun 8am–late. 3358 5464. wat­tbris­


n THE RE­GATTA HO­TEL. Mod­ern Aus­tralian. Estab­lished in 1874, the Re­gatta Ho­tel is known as the Grand Lady of the Bris­bane River. It is home to the Boat­shed Restau­rant, where you can en­joy de­li­cious dry and wet aged steaks and a fine wine. The Street Café is per­fect for break­fast, lunch and din­ner by the river, while the court­yard of­fers a tasty shared menu, with some­thing for ev­ery­one. It’s all just a Ci­ty­cat ride away from Bris­bane’s CBD.

543 Coro­na­tion Drive, Toowong. Open daily. 3871 9595. re­gat­ta­ho­

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