Brisbane is an exciting city, voted as one of the most liveable cities in Australia and known for its beautiful setting on the Brisbane River, leading it to be known as The River City. Over the years Brisbane’s culture has evolved to focus on the river, the arts, festivals and events that define the city, along with amazing dining and bars that seem to reflect the city’s culture. As such, Brisbane has some amazing restaurants to check out, from fine dining to delicious pub grub. If you’re staying in Brisbane, here are five restaurants you must visit.
For a fine dining experience in Brisbane, it is hard to go past Aria by award winning celebrity chef Matt Moran. With a beautiful setting at the Eagle Street Pier overlooking the Brisbane River, Aria is all about beautifully presented food in an intimate setting. The menu here is seasonal with different lunch and dinner options, and prices are set depending on how many courses you choose. Interesting dishes on offer include Moreton Bay bugs with shiitake and seaweed butter; and roast duck with red cabbage, rhubarb and pecan. Another option is the seasonal tasting menu, and there is an extensive wine list also on offer.
Bavarian Bier Café
There are lots of fantastic restaurants at the Eagle Street Pier that overlook the Brisbane River and the Story Bridge, which really captures the essence of Brisbane’s Culture. A big favorite is the Bavarian Bier Café where you can enjoy amazing German food from bratwurst to schnitzels, with big steins of Bavarian beer to drink and pretzels to go with it. Prices are quite reasonable and the views are some of the best you’ll get in Brisbane.
Set in an old tea warehouse building, E’cco Bistro has been serving up amazing food in Brisbane for over 20 years. The century old historic building sets the mood for your dining experience, with rustic charm meeting contemporary dining. E’cco Bistro is run by chef Philip Johnson who focuses on using the best local produce to create dishes where the ingredients do the talking. The menu has a good variety of dishes at reasonable prices, with dishes such as wagyu rump with sweet and sour onions, turnip, mushroom, horseradish and parsnip cream; or octopus with macadamia muhaummara, green olive and pomegranate. There is also a good tasting menu available for groups, a special three course menu, as well as a vegetarian menu on offer.
If you love seafood, Jellyfish Restaurant is an excellent choice for exquisite seafood dishes with a beautiful setting on the Brisbane River, right in the heart of the city. The menu is primarily seafood focused with dishes such as Nero linguini with prawns, fish pieces and red chilli butter; or Chorizo stuffed whiting with potato and ricotta gnocchi and squid ink vinaigrette. However, there are also a few options if someone in your group doesn’t like seafood. Mains can be a little on the pricey side, ranging from around $40-$50, but the food is worth it.
The Plough Inn
No Brisbane food guide could be complete without at least one pub in it. Pub dining is huge in Brisbane and the dining experience has moved away from the basic pub grub of old, now offering extensive menus with restaurant quality food. The pub atmosphere is still there however, and the food is generally still cheap, plentiful and not too fancy. One of the best pubs to go to for food in Brisbane is the historic Plough Inn at Southbank. This iconic pub is beautifully restored and has a fantastic beer garden where there is usually some sort of live music happening. Food on offer ranges from great steaks and ribs to classic fish and chips, and all at affordable prices.
Whether you’re after an indulgent fine dining experience or a cheap pub lunch, Brisbane has plenty to offer you. You’re sure to leave The River City with your taste buds truly satisfied.
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