The show goes on

Life & Style Weekend - - TRAVEL - — Letea Ca­van­der

I TOUCHED my knife to the per­fectly poached quail egg and it let loose its yolk over the raw eye fil­let. It’s rare (get it) to see steak tartare on a menu in Bris­bane, but Bac­chus restau­rant in Ry­dges South Bank de­liv­ers fine din­ing of old clas­sics with con­tem­po­rary twists.

The chefs re­placed the ex­pected ca­pers and dill pickle with mus­tard seeds, for in­stance, in our en­tree.

The touch of fancy was not lost on a pair of well-dressed young din­ers who found their mains suf­fi­ciently In­sta­gram wor­thy. Our veni­son served on a two-level plate, plus veni­son burger slider perched on a column, also was at­trac­tive.

It was a fit­ting touch of the­atre for a restau­rant – which also of­fers a break­fast buf­fet pop­u­lar with fam­i­lies – in the heart of the show dis­trict. Ry­dges South Bank is next door to the Bris­bane Con­ven­tion Cen­tre and a stone’s throw from QPAC.

But if you are not in the big smoke for shows, the Bris­bane cen­tral busi­ness dis­trict and West End’s funky food and drink op­tions are within walk­ing dis­tance, too. And at the week­ends, the South Bank mar­kets of­fer cloth­ing, ac­ces­sories and home­wares. The park­lands has a huge, and free, wa­ter park and ad­ven­ture play­ground for the kids.

The ho­tel’s prox­im­ity to the river also meant a 180-de­gree view of the wa­ter and city be­hind it from our one-bed­room suite. En­joy the view from the big bal­cony or, if it is too windy, open up the cur­tains and let the floor to ceil­ing win­dows do their thing.

We woke in the morn­ing and watched the ten­drils of light creep across the wa­ter as an old city ferry slid un­der the mo­tor­way bridge, break­ing the smooth sur­face of the river with its small wake. A sneak peek through the win­dows on the other side of the ho­tel, gleaned as clean­ers left the doors open to make up ho­tel rooms, showed a leafy in­ner city. The sauna and gym also were top notch – the sauna in par­tic­u­lar was a per­fect way to re­lax af­ter a hec­tic week.

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