Restaurants in Review
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. bavarianbiercafe.com
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. customshouse.com.au
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. fridays.com.au
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. ottoristorante.com.au/brisbane
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. ponydining.com.au
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. roomwithroses.com.au
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. sakerestaurant.com.au
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. sonorestaurant.com.au
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. spaghettihouse.com.au
TORBA RESTAURANT & LOUNGE.
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. torba.com.au
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. torobravo.com.au
THE WATERLINE RESTAURANT. Modern
Australian. 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. fridays.com.au
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. sonorestaurant.com.au
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. brisbanelookout.com
n THE BALFOUR KITCHEN. Modern
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. spicersbalfourhotel.com 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. wattbrisbane.com.au
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. regattahotel.com.au
Bavarian Bier Café.
Saké Restaurant & Bar.