Dinner in Brisbane [Moved from International board]
Am in town for a couple of weeks and looking for ideas of dinner spots in the City. Any cuisine will do and would like a mix of upscale and just general "good eats". Throw out some names for me and I'll check them out.
the gourmet traveller website, the brisbane news good food guide, courier mail websites.
Concentration of established good dining along the eagle street pier vicinity, in New Farm(short 'citycat'/ferry ride..which is nice),paddington&milton (bus ride) and lots of ethnic in Fortitude Valley(easy walk and has character).
Havent been to many for a long while as newly back in town, so am reluctant to recommend any specifics however I am off to E'cco tonight.
Will post afterwards. Sorry for the vagueness, but at least I replied!
On Eagle Street Pier tried Cha Cha Char ( http://www.chachachar.com.au/ ) and found it quite tasty, very pleasant service, and not too unreasonable prices (mains around AU$40). It's a steak house, so mostly they have steak (surprise) but also a few other dishes. The caesar salad was way over-dressed, but the spinach & potatoes served w the steak were quite fab.
On the other hand, tonight tried Pier 9 "for a treat" and was totally disappointed.
:( Server seemed sadly ignorant about menu & wine ("what's the difference between the 3 Chardonnays?" "well this one is more popular" (pointing to the most expensive...)), and incapable of describing the dishes. The food was "ho-hum" to "blah" - put it this way: fish & chips was bit soggy, but rated as best dish we ordered. Sigh. That said, a year ago I ate here and had a nice meal. Maybe the trick is to order the special??
So far in Brisbane best meal has been Vietnamese Noodle House - small "hole in the wall" on Charlotte near Albert. Nothing fancy, but tasted great!