It's a Vietnamese takeover at The Balfour Kitchen

The Balfour Kitchen at Spicers Balfour Hotel in Brisbane’s New Farm has moved to a Vietnamese-inspired menu.

The Balfour Kitchen at Spicers Balfour Hotel in Brisbane’s New Farm has moved to a Vietnamese-inspired menu offering RACQ Dining Rewards members an extra bonus when they dine.

Spicers Executive Chef Dan Jarrett launched the new dining concept which includes breakfast, lunch, dinner or high tea served on Balfour’s charming wrap around verandah or in a courtyard shrouded by frangipanis.

“The Balfour Kitchen is set in such a beautiful location the new menu has been carefully curated to align with this environment,” Jarrett said.

“It is a Vietnamese twist with a hint of French and I’m confident it will be a hit with locals and visitors.

“We’ve put so much thought into each dish on the menu and have made a conscious effort to make use of lots of fresh vegetables and herbs.”

RACQ food writer Kerry Heaney asked Spicers Balfour Hotel General Manager Simon Magnus about the new menu.

What inspired the new Vietnamese-themed menu?

Our French Vietnamese menu was inspired by the fresh food and clean living that people are craving today. With a twist of French, we can bring two incredible cuisines together to create a very creative and delicious menu.

Which are your favourite dishes?

I love the fresh moi rolls served with a rice paper roll with tropical fruits, eggplant roll with fennel and jicama (yam bean) and a morning glory roll with jack fruits as starters. For a main, the crispy whole fish with watermelon rind, pineapple mint salsa, ginger, chilli and lime is a must for sharing with friends. For dessert my personal favourite is the Vietnamese coffee brulee, lotus tea meringue, fried cacao truffles and chilli chocolate.

Do you cater for vegan, gluten free and dairy free diet preferences?

The beauty of Vietnamese cuisine is that it caters so well to dietary requirements. Around 40 percent of our menu is vegan, most of it is gluten and dairy free. Preferences can always be catered to if we are given advance notice.

Is there an Asian flavour on the breakfast menu too?

The Balfour Kitchen is well known for its breakfast. Maria our breakfast chef has been leading the way since the restaurant opened in 2010. The breakfast menu has some hints of Asian with dishes like the sticky pork omelette rocket and snowpea tendril salad and the green breakfast bowl with baby greens, avocado, spinach and sesame seeds.

What sort of treats can guests expect in your high tea?

It is a delicious and generous selection of sweet and savoury. A couple of our favourites from the savoury selection are the Balfour honey pattie on a charcoal brioche and the Wagyu beef brisket croquette. The sweet lemon myrtle tart and freshly baked Lindt choc chip cookie also are very popular.

It’s a bit of a hidden secret, but do you have a rooftop bar at Balfour?

Yes, we do, and it overlooks the Story Bridge! It’s a great space to enjoy a cocktail from our mixologist or a glass of wine from our award-winning list. Grab a group of friends and a cheese plate and watch the sun go down. It's open every day.

There is a rumour that you have some dog-friendly dining as well?

Yes, we offer 'puppachinos' in the courtyard for our furry friends. The outside courtyard has plenty of space for pooches who enjoy a snooze under the table while their owners enjoy a meal or a beverage.

Dining there

Find Balfour Kitchen at 37 Balfour Street, New Farm. Use your RACQ Dining Rewards registered Visa or Mastercard when you enjoy a meal here and you will be automatically rewarded with 10 percent cash-back on your card.

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