It seems there is a new restaurant popping up every week here in Brisbane, I’m having trouble keeping up with all of the new hot spots. A few restaurants that I have dined at recently are Madame Wu, Aria and Libertine.
This modern Chinese restaurant is a very welcome addition to Eagle Street Pier. If big flavours excite you then you will not be disappointed at Madame Wu. The interior is contemporary with a dark mysterious vibe, tables are sporadically placed around the space and the open kitchen gives a great show. It’s busy and loud, perhaps a little too loud for an intimate date but fitting of a vibrant Chinese restaurant. To celebrate Chinese New Year I enjoyed an eleven course banquet which featured a delicious array of local seafood. Four courses into the banquet and I was already struggling but the flavours were so delicious I had to try each course. Madame Wu is a great restaurant for a gathering with friends when you feel like dressing up and having a classy night in the city as opposed to venturing into China Town.
Aria is my favourite restaurant in Brisbane, I find it consistently outstanding in all aspects and I always thoroughly enjoy my dining experience. Yes, it is an experience rather than just having dinner. Nestled along Eagle Street Pier Aria boasts views of the Story Bridge glistening over the Brisbane River, the decor is warm and inviting with perfectly starched linen and polished silverware, the ambience is perfect. The waitstaff are amongst the best in Brisbane, attentive and knowledgeable but not overbearing. The menu is ever evolving and features a fabulous selection of local produce cooked and presented to perfection. While this is fine dining I feel the servings are generous and well balanced to let you enjoy all three courses. Their wine list has won many awards, you could spend the whole evening reading it if you wanted, but the sommelier is always close by to help you select the perfect drop. Aria is a special occasion restaurant for when you want to enjoy the finer things in life with fabulous company.
I’ve been to Libertine in Paddington a few times and each time I expect more wow than they deliver. French-Vietnamese fusion is the cuisine they specialise in, this in its own right sounds exciting and it is except not every dish is of the same standard. I indulged in the banquet which featured many obscure dishes which only had a tiny influence of french cooking. Just when I thought they were about to bring out dessert out comes another main dish! The service is good, if a little slow but friendly. I love the interior of this restaurant, there is plenty of red, warm wooden floors and fabulous lighting to set a romantic mood.
Next on my list of restaurants to visit are Longtime, Julius and a little trip to The Fat Duck in Melbourne.