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Jul 21, 2002 07:55 PM

Brisbane, Australia

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I am traveling to Brisbane the first of Sept. and I am interested in restaurants people have enjoyed. Thanks for the info, Michael

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  1. I have to recommend among others: garuva... food is quite nice but its more for the whole experience.... you'll see what i mean if you go.
    and ecco - award winning, loved it.
    both you need to book well in advance.

    1. Michael,
      I just moved here from Southern California. There are many very good restraunts here. Their straeks in general are very good but different from the grain fed we are used to in the states. The cuts are called different things from what you are used to but most of the steaks I have had have been very good. The seafood is very good. My wife loves Barramundi. It is a white fish that you won't see in the states. I love Moreton bay bugs, it is between a lobster and a crab. They are very good.
      What types of restraunts do you like. if I get an idea I can make some recommendations.

      Where are you coming from?


      1. Recently had dinner at Piaf in South Brisbane. Delicious French bistro style food, good wines, good service. Amazing value for money. It's a small place, so probably best to make a resevation rather than just showing up.

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        1. re: cap

          A few

          Top end

          Restaurant 2,
          Aria (just opened massively expensive)


          Jelly fish
          Story bridge Hotel (great)
          RE Hotle Toowong
          Regatta Hotle
          Singapora (Toowong)
          1 two 3
          Alto Cucina (gold coast)
          Gambaros (caxton Street)

          Two small rooms Toowong

          And the many on the river eagle street pier are good as well

          The buffett at the Sofitel is really neat

          Nepal Kitchen (I think its called in the valley its tibetan great)
          Mint (indian) and there is a good selection in the Valley for asian etc

          hope this helps

          1. re: podge

            New Gourmet Traveller top 10:

            1. Montrachet
            2. E'cco
            3. Restaurant Two
            4. The Buffalo Club
            5. Alchemy
            6. Gianni
            7. 1889 Enoteca
            8. Sono Portside Wharf
            9. Siggi's at the Port Office
            10. Era Bistro

            Haven't been to Brisbane for a while so I can't really comment further than Restaurant Two, where i love to talk a walk around the gardens between courses.

            1. re: mr_gimlet

              Actually Buffalo club gets massive wraps i forgot that never been but all that are deemed to know wrap th place and the chef is the nw young gun form all accounts

            2. re: cap

              Piaf is fantastic. I've been there a few times and they have never disappointed, and you simply cannot beat the prices for quality of food!

              (cannot gush enough about my love for Piaf)

            3. Alto upstairs at the Powerhouse in New Farm for a casual and chic vibe with absolutely stunning food. NOT Watt downstairs in the same complex, that must place is a dump.

              Thai Wi Rat in the Valley for some of the best Thai food outside of Thailand (don't let the fact it is cheap and gurngy put you off).

              Vine in New Farm - the most consistently underrated restaurant in Brisbane - no idea why - the food is fantastic!

              Simpatico in Paddington for really nice shared plates of just generally great food. they seem to change the scallop dish every time i'm there, but it is always fab!

              Montrachet - duh.

              The new E'cco bar is meant to be cool - not been but people rave.

              Crosstown Eating House in Woolloongabba has people divided - i quite like it - some don't. Interestingly the only coffee they do is espresso - no latte etc...Which even i find unbelievably pretentious.

              Cha Cha Char for un-freaking-imaginable steak and accompaniments like marrow-butter and having a cute name.

              Piaf at Southbank for French Bistro fare. can be a bit twee, so it's a matter of taste.

              For Breakfast - Anouk in Paddington. They do this Corn and Chilli chowder with poached eggs that is just ridiculous.

              For Earth Shattering food that you absolutely must have if you only go to one place in Brisbane Mondo Organics in West End. i have never had a meal below amazing there.

              For Food Shopping, were you so inclined, Black Pearl Epicure in the Valley.

              1. My wife and I will be staying one night in Brisbane and are looking for a great meal. The catch ... it's a Sunday, and it seems almost every place is closed Sunday nights.

                From looking at the Gourmet Traveler list, as well as other recs here, it would seem that Piaf and Aria are the only two open. Am I mistaken? Even if not, are there any great recs you would care to give us on places to dine on a Sunday evening?

                We are well-traveled and love to dine -- everything from street carts to Michelin 3 Stars, and anything in between. We live in Los Angeles and have some pretty amazing SE Asian/Japanese, as well as most anything Latin American. That being said, I would suspect there could be some amazing Thai/Malay/Indonesian/Singaporean/etc food here, so fire away with any and all recs.


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                1. re: a213b

                  Alto @ Powerhouse - i should join their fan club. it's great on a sunday night and they have a very cool Sunday session to go with it in the bar.

                  1. re: Samuelinthekitchen

                    Anise is open on sunday nights for something laid back and a bit different.