Four new places to feast in Queensland
It’s been a hectic year of openings and Brisbane city’s dining juggernaut shows no signs of stopping, with more interesting restaurant reveals scheduled before the end of 2018.
Whether you are seeking Japanese, Italian, Asian or Greek cuisines, here are four places where you can enjoy Brisbane's new dining style.
Dine at Australia’s first urban resort
They call the Calile Hotel Australia’s first urban resort and with one look at the swimming pool you can see why.
As well as the 175 rooms, the hotel has an exquisitely designed Lobby Bar on the ground floor and flagship restaurant Hellenika opening out onto the pool terrace on the second floor.
Head to the Japanese influenced Lobby Bar for an onsen tamago (Japanese slow cooked egg) or a broken omelette with spanner crab, jalapeno and a dusting of bonito flakes for breakfast. Lunch and dinner sees choices of beef tartare and grilled calamari with optional kombu (seaweed) salt fries or burrata where heirloom tomatoes are drizzled with basil miso.
Hellenika is the sister to the award-winning restaurant by Simon Gloftis by the same name on the Gold Coast. It has an exciting modern Greek menu which mixes old favourites with new flavours. Their seafood is certified sustainable and changes daily. Expect everything from flash fried dusted local whitebait to whole baked snapper. The whole baked leg of Junee lamb is proving to be one of their most popular dishes.
Find out more at thecalilehotel.com
Jaw-dropping rooftop bar
Topping off the 21st floor of new luxury Emporium Hotel South Bank is The Terrace, a glamourous rooftop bar and dining space.
With panoramic views across the Brisbane River to the CBD, it boasts multiple green walls, white backlit onyx floor tiles with custom light mapping and a 13-metre white backlit onyx bar. The Terrace’s view is highlighted by floor to ceiling glass doors that open onto the expansive balcony. Taking a seat at one of the fluffy white stools must be on any Brisbane must-do list.
To make the most of Brisbane’s sensational weather, two retractable roofs offer full, partial or no exposure to the elements. On a bright sunny day, don’t forget your sunglasses to enjoy this open space.
The Terrace’s extensive drinks menu provides something for all tastes, from classic and signature cocktails to a wide range of premium local and international wines and spirits. Created by Executive Chef Chris Norman, the all-day dining menu caters for breakfast through to substantial plates and late-night snacks. Hotel guests can also order from both menus while lazing by the breathtaking 23-metre infinity edge pool that boasts the same, sweeping city and river views.
For more information visit emporiumhotels.com.au
Fresh south-east Asian vibes
New from Philip Johnson and Mary Randles, owners of highly acclaimed e’cco bistro, is The Terrace by e’cco which offers fresh, south-east Asian vibes and flavours in a casual Australian style at Haven Newstead.
The open-air venue offers satisfying quick bites including share plates of pork san choy bow, steamed barbecue pork buns and betel leaf with prawn. Bigger dishes include Massaman coconut beef curry, crisp salmon salad and masterstock pork ribs.
A highlight for oyster lovers is the happy hour where oysters are just $1 each when combined with a bar beverage purchase. The cocktail list is pretty cool too. Take your pick between a Happy Endings or a Sleeping Tiger to kick off a lazy afternoon of drinks and food.
Find The Terrace adjacent to e’cco bistro at 63 Skyring Terrace, Newstead. Check out their menu at eccobistro.com.au
Italian with a view
From the masters of steak and seafood, the Gambaro family, comes Persone, a restaurant which reveals spectacular North Quay views from level two of Brisbane Quarter.
You’ll find some Gambaro family favourites on the menu including a one-kilogram, three-week aged t-bone steak from premium producer Stanbroke. Other highlights include the pork and beef ragu pappardelle and the crumbed veal cutlet.
Along with Indian-themed Heritij, Persone part of the food offering in the new Brisbane Quarter development which occupies the corner of George and Adelaide Streets in the heart of Brisbane’s CBD. Take at look at the restaurant at persone.com.au