The show goes on
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.