Brisbane in recent years has been building its reputation in food culture. It has dedicated cafe bistros all the way up to award-winning restaurants with spectacular views of the city. While Melbourne and Sydney are more well known for their gastronomic delights, Brisbane has a fast-evolving food culture that caters for all styles of dining and tastes. We’ve taken you on a culinary blog tour including the Art of Catering team’s favourite cheap eats in Brisbane as well as the iconic Brisbane restaurants every visitor must dine at when in town. Our next stop is the award-winning menu masterpieces that you just have to try!
There are many delicious dining experiences to be had throughout this magnificent city and as a plus, some of them are award winning.
Alchemy Restaurant and Bar
Boasting European, modern Australian and vegetarian cuisine this is a hidden gem among the Brisbane dining scene. Owners Brad and Angelica Jolly own a very unique venue with some of the most spectacular views over the City to be had anywhere. Brad himself has won many coveted international awards and had a career alongside other celebrated international chefs such as Marco Pierre White, Eric Chavot and Jamie Oliver.
The atmosphere is one of the most unique available, with what is said to be a ‘ relaxed elegance’, which is almost certainly maintained by the amazing night-time views of moonlit waters across the Stormy Bridge.
The menu is classic contemporary with subtle French undertones and to add a little je nais cest quoi you can treat yourself to the restaurant’s famous liquid nitrogen deserts which are a must to finish off the night.
The staff are friendly and attentive which is all the more reason to try out this fabulous restaurant.
Styled like a New York elegant apartment this award-winning restaurant is an obvious choice for those in the CBD. With Australian cuisine which is both Vegetarian and Vegan-friendly it has a glass box environment that invites you in to experience its atmosphere. Whether you require a quick meal, a drink, or both, Public will welcome you through their doors.
The head Chef role at Public, Matthew Le-beau earned Public the Chef Hat Award in their first year of business. An eclectic menu consisting of salt ‘n’ vinegar French fries, Texas brisket or the signature Kentucky Fried Duck gives weight to a delicate menu. The restaurant offers substantial elegance and atmosphere for those winding down after a hard day at work There is a communal eating theme by way of bar snacks for the small groups. The dining area is for those after post work socializing, although the low lighting to create the atmosphere does prove a problem occasionally for the staff.
For that special occasion Public is also blessed with two private dining rooms, which can hold 20 and 12 respectively. Give this award-winning restaurant and bar a try.
Awards – https://lovepublic.com.au/#awards
This restaurant has been winning multiple awards for years and if you spend an evening here, it’s easy to see why. Bacchus is a lavish experience for anyone within the Brisbane area and rather uniquely, has a pool to gaze over as you dine.
Head chef Massimo Speroni serves a delightful menu and aims high, with a premium placed on quality. From the service and the food to the unique atmosphere, this restaurant is elegance personified, nicely expressed with a staff that seems keen to be attentive.
With a drinks menu that runs to 52 pages, it’s fair to say there is plenty of choices as well. Although there are many pricey options available (try out the latest Dom Perignon) the restaurant does cater for the more affordable dining with reasonable pricing considering the quality.
The menu with its modern Australian cuisine is a full selection for any palate. From the seared fillet of kingfish to the pricier premium steaks or 42-day dry aged ribeyes, Bacchus is one of Brisbane’s best restaurants let alone one of its most award-winning and has the experience to match. It certainly does stand out from the crowd.
Awards – https://www.bacchussouthbank.com.au/awards
Looking like a cafe you will be pleasantly surprised by what Chef Cormac Bradfield. has created with this restaurant. It is far above a traditional cafe, being both small and delightful to visit. It’s a street-level restaurant with a unique feel to it.
The menu has a directness about it, with dishes like ‘line caught Australian Squid’ or ‘Sea Parsley ‘ which gives the dining experience a raw flavour, although the ‘Blood Taco’ may be a bit too direct for some.
The Gauge is a casual dining experience to be tried for sure with a contemporary cuisine that will suit almost every palate. The food is superb and while not being the textbook definition of the word ‘restaurant’ it remains quirky and an interesting place to visit.
Gauge now represents an interesting trend towards venues defying being pigeonholed and taking advantage that dining experiences are changeable throughout the day.
For those with more of a need for a North Western Africa or Middle Eastern flavour to their meals, a stunning choice might be the award-winning Gerard’s Bistro.
Head chef Ben Williamson has recently won the Chef of the Year in the 2017 Queensland Good Food Guide and the bistro picked up its third chef hat.
The accolades are much deserved. The menu is simple and effective and you can dine in high chairs at the bar, take drinks into the middle eastern styled area or feast in the large courtyard around the restaurant. The ambiance is quintessentially a mix of Africa, European and middle east styling that is pleasing on the eye.
You can start with fried squid toast, move onto the main course of Suckling pig and finish off with Bay leaf custard and peach ice cream. The drinks list is very comprehensive for every taste imaginable. Chef Williamson’s food is astounding. Centered on balanced flavors and just simply delicious.
Situated in the Eagle Street Pier precinct, ARIA Restaurant is owned and operated by Matt Moran. The award-winning restaurant has some of the most spectacular views of the Brisbane River available. ARIA, using the freshest Australian produce encompasses a relaxed and elegant theme with an extensive wine list and menu selection.
The food is the essence of Australian fine dining with an efficient staff providing a specially unique experience that once tried, won’t easily be matched.
ARIA Brisbane compliments a new level of fine dining experiences to the Brisbane dining scene. The breathtaking view of the Brisbane River will lure most but the food equals the ambiance. The double-clothed tables don’t betray the restaurant’s intentions to be among the finest dining experiences anywhere in Brisbane. With a mainly contemporary Australian cuisine, the Roast rack with lamb bacon, sweetbreads, peas, and buttermilk is said to be the ‘must have’ dish. A comprehensive wine list and a dessert menu second to none will leave most Brisbane diners baying for more.
Awards – https://www.ariarestaurant.com/brisbane/about/accolades/
Brisbane’s only three-hatted restaurant while losing its executive chef, Alejandro Cancino, resides in a quiet corner of Brisbane’s CBD. With its dimmed lighting and an ambiance of intimate yet casual dining, it combines substantial courses and deserts with a premier wine list.
Urbane restaurant must have the most solid reputation in Brisbane. Urbane is known throughout Australia, let alone Brisbane. Specializing in European and Asian cuisine you can dine Bistro style or go for the fine dining. The repertoire is far-reaching. It also has a novel menu system, proposing both Herbivore and Omnivore menu sets.
The restaurant interior is pleasing on the eye which can be enjoyed while trying one of the European or Australian wines from the comprehensive list. Situated in the Business District of Brisbane, if it suits your taste, this restaurant is not to be missed. There’s a reason it wins awards and is considered to be Brisbane’s finest diner.