Queensland's Restaurant of the Year

Be rewarded when you dine at Queensland’s Restaurant of the Year.

Queensland’s dining scene is rapidly expanding, with a slew of new top-end restaurants opening. But it’s the tried and true Urbane in Mary Street which took out the Courier Mail’s Queensland’s Restaurant of the Year for 2018.

The restaurant also ranked number 27 on Australian Gourmet Traveller’s Top 100 Restaurants and number one for Queensland.

It’s been a big year for Urbane, with the departure of executive chef Alejandro Cancino and the addition of Michelin-trained, Brisbane-bred chef Andrew Gunn.

Gunn’s love of food started young when he was cooking with his mother.

“There were six of us to feed every night and there was always plenty to do,” he said.

Gunn’s food philosophy is based around quality, technique and flavour honed from his experience working in four different Parisian restaurants.

“It was the hardest time of my life, but I loved it,” he said.

“The restaurants ranged from one, two and three Michelin stars.”

The chef’s experience in France influenced Urbane’s new menu, which features a modern French twist using quality Australian produce which he describes as “inspiring”.

“The great produce and suppliers that Australia has to offer is up there with the best in the world – absolutely fantastic!” he said.

If you’d like to try Gunn’s favourite dish on the Urbane menu, head straight to the tender lamb Tagine. 

At the end of the day, when guests are gone and the pots and pans are neatly stacked in the kitchen, chef Gunn has a favourite midnight snack.

“I love a toasted ham, cheese and tomato sandwich with Japanese mayo and Dijon mustard,” he said.

You will find Urbane at 181 Mary St, Brisbane.