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 Bavarianstyle 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 ■ DOO-BOP. Jazz Bar. At Doo-bop Jazz Bar enjoy a tipple and choose from a selection of Afro-cuban-inspired food as you immerse yourself in performances by some of the best local, interstate and international jazz artists.
101 Edward Street, Brisbane. 3151 7520. doo-bop.com.au
■ MECCA BAH. Moroccan/middle Eastern.
Be swept away to another world with the authentic Middle Eastern and Moroccan cuisine at Mecca Bah. Sample their mezze menu, or try their famous Moroccan tagines served with cous cous, including lamb with preserved lemon, green olives and harissa. On the grill, the crispy skin barramundi with roasted tomatoes, walnuts, Mediterranean artichoke, broccoli, hummus and a side of lemon, is a must!
21/1000 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley. Daily 11am–late. 3252 5299. meccabah.net
■ 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 and 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
■ RIVERLAND. Street Food. Enjoy a cold brew with a killer view! Situated in the heart of the city with sweeping river views, Riverland is a unique destination for all to enjoy! Experience a wide range of beers, wines and cocktails, five changing street food kitchens and live music and DJS every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. This industrial oasis is perfect to relax and unwind, and have fun!
Ground Floor, 167 Eagle Street, Brisbane. Daily 11am–late. 3220 0555. riverlandbrisbane.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 5.30pm–late. 3015 0557. sakerestaurant.com.au
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. 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
OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE. Steakhouse. Outback Steakhouse has a casual atmosphere and a strong focus on quality food and service. Although aged steaks, grilled chicken and ribs make up a good portion of the menu, the concept also offers a wide variety of fresh seafood, burgers, crisp salads and pasta dishes made from scratch with the highest quality ingredients. With generous portions and bold flavours, Outback Steakhouse is committed to providing the best steak experience at reasonable prices in a warm, welcoming environment. Happy Hour specials are available Monday to Friday from 4pm to 6pm, featuring a great range of beers on tap, wines and contemporary cocktails.
Sun–thur 12pm–10pm, Fri–sat 12pm–11pm, 815 Zillmere Road, Aspley. 3862 8199. outbacksteakhouse.com.au
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 12pm–2.30pm, dinner Tue–thu 6pm–9.30pm, Fri–sat 6pm–10pm, Sun 6pm–9pm. 3268 6655. sonorestaurant.com.au
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 Scott Gibbs 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 Coottha. 3369 9922. brisbanelookout.com
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
Hiramasa Kingfish from Pony. Photo: David Kelly.
The Balfour Kitchen. Photo: Hamilton Lund.