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This subcategory covers cafes, diners and restaurants based in Australia.

Brent’s Restaurant

Blue swimmer crab, green apple granita, chive crème fraiche & baby herb

I first had someone recommend Brent’s Restaurant to me about four years ago.  I’ve heard about the place on and off since then.  The feedback is always positive but the place is so low key that I only really got around to making reservations for the place a fortnight ago. In hindsight, I wish I had made that call sooner.  ...

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Organic Char

kingfish

Organic Char is a spin-off restaurant from the famous Brisbane steak restaurant Cha Cha Char.  Organic Char opened in June last year and emphasizes ingredients that are sourced from organic, natural and sustainable sources. Beyond that, the dishes themselves can best be described as modern Australian cuisine that incorporate a range of meat, seafood and vegetarian options.  The menu is ...

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Urbane

Lobster tartare, smoked scallop and salsify Organic carrot jelly, quinoa and orange

Last night I attended a degustation dinner at Urbane for an end of month celebration with my colleagues at work.  People were allowed to bring their partners so it was a group of twenty in a private room with seven courses and matching wines which is the perfect recipe for an awesome night.  I’d never had a degustation with such ...

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Alchemy

Hot Chocolate Marbre with Crunchy Honeycomb and Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

After the relative disappointment that was The Euro, it was a pleasure to bounce back and experience a top notch restaurant like Alchemy so soon afterwards.  Jen and I had long made plans to visit this eatery on a couple of occasions before but for one reason or another, they always fell through.  Celebrating Jen’s birthday in early September provided ...

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The Euro

Vanilla mousse, brandy tuille and strawberry sorbet

Earlier this week, Jen and I went to try out The Euro, a popular new brasserie that opened about eighteen months ago as an expansion to Urbane Restaurant.  We were there for a five course Plantaganet dinner where each course was being complimented with a Plantagenet wine.  We had pretty high expectations.  The restaurant rates very highly in the Brisbane ...

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Spoon Deli

spoon

I don’t know about you but when I eat out for breakfast, I love nothing better than a perfectly cooked eggs benedict.  With that in mind, I was very happy to discover Spoon Deli in Fortitude Valley.  Just look at this bad boy.  It looked amazing and tasted even better.  For my money one of the best breakfasts you can ...

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Ortiga

The view next to our table

In the 2011 edition of the Queensland Food and Wine Guide, there was just a single restaurant given their coveted three star rating – Ortiga in Fortitude Valley.  Owned by Simon Hill, who ran the acclaimed Isis restaurant for twelve years, Ortiga is a Spanish restaurant that houses both a tapas bar on its ground floor as well as a ...

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Allegria Bar & Bistro

Tornedo of beef wrapped with jamon over confit potato & garlic with madiera jus

On Friday, we had dinner at Park Road in Milton for our friend Chrystal’s birthday. I love Park Road.  It’s the same street I used to work on when I managed the Service Centre and it is basically an extensive strip of cafes, bars and restaurants.  Like Lygon St in Melbourne but about 1/500th of the size. Allegria Bar & ...

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Sake Restaurant

A selection of fresh sashimi, served with wasabi & soy.  The scampi was a highlight.  All impeccably fresh and tasty.

Sake is a popular new restaurant serving contemporary Japanese cuisine that first opened in Sydney to rave reviews and a Chef’s Hat rating.  It’s success saw it expand to Brisbane with a second restaurant that opened on Eagle Street Pier in October last year, located near other well established eateries such as Aria, Cha Cha Char and Jellyfish. On Sunday, ...

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Quay Restaurant

Digestif - a selection of calvados

In the recently released S.Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants, there was a single entry from Australia – Peter Gilmore’s Quay Restaurant – which came in at 27th. Quay was already widely recognised as offering one of Australia’s finest dining experiences.  It has been recognized with a clutch of culinary awards – three chefs hats for nine consecutive years, Sydney Morning ...

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