Brisbane is a bustling, busy metropolis, full of youth, life and attitude. At it’s very heart, however, is a mature dining scene, carefully nurtured by its residents throughout years of careful selection and experimentation. Over the last two decades, Brisbane has seen various restaurants try and fail to appease the well-honed appetites of its foodies, often arriving with a spicy, firework-lit bang and going out six months later with barely a whimper. The ones still standing are most definitely seen as achievers by the Brisbane bon vivants.
We begin our mini tour with a spicy kick and sit down in the plush Lemon Chillies restaurant. To begin with the service is excellent with friendly smiles and helpful staff all round. However, you can’t eat customer service and your average Aussie wants to kick back with some good grub before the niceties begin, so here’s a brief low-down on the nosh at this top Brisbane spice house. The cuisine is traditional Thai, Indian and Nonya with all the best ingredients of each style richly evident in every mouthful of whatever you order. Nonya, which is a form of Oriental cooking is one of the specialties of Lemon Chillies and is a must for anyone with a palate that goes crazy for spicy and aromatic treats.
Next in line is the manfully-named Black Hide Steakhouse. This grill and bar is bursting with character and its high value, expertly prepared food is second to none. What’s on the menu? The holders of the prestigious “Australia’s Best Steakhouse” award are no stranger to excellence and the menu truly doesn’t disappoint. The section entitled “Cuts from the Butchers Block” details fillet, eye, rib and sirloin cuts fit to drive any steak afficionado to distraction and although the prices may seem a little high, the taste and texture of each individually tailored dish is guaranteed to be absolutely exquisite. If you leave this steakhouse with a less than full stomach, you aren’t doing it right! In this article, brought to you by Factory 51, we plunge into the centre of “Bris Vegas” and take a look at some of its best places to chow down.
If you are looking for something with a more provincial atmosphere, consider doffing your hat to the staff at Restaurant Aria in Brisbane. The a’ la carte menu has absolutely exquisite offerings with award winning chef Matt Moran the driving force behind its vision. Locally sourced produce and excellence in food innovation are key to its success and the food her, although within a higher price bracket is a rare treat. The lunch menu features such mouth watering temptations as freshly shucked oysters in red wine vinaigrette and poached corn fed chicken with parfait, celery and faro. Perhaps you fancy something from the ocean? Then why not try steamed baby snapper fillet with carrot, olives and freshly caught crab? The menu here has truly unique and elegant offerings and a culinary tour of Brisbane would be incomplete without at least trying out Aria Brisbane.