Tag Archives: Brisbane

Top 100 QUEST: GERARD’S BISTRO, Brisbane

Vine leaf bound quail, almonds and rose, caramelized fig and smoked curd


This place is a cracker!  It’s a little hard to find as the entrance is off a narrow laneway, but it’s casual, comfy and quirky with good food and good service.  The décor is interesting – a combination of brick, wood and mosaic tiles.  The menu is also really interesting.  Based on shared plates, the food shows European, African and Middle Eastern influences.  It’s hard to order as everything sounds so good!  I love that.  Chef, Ben Williamson is well ensconced in the Brisbane restaurant scene having Read more

TOP 100 QUEST: ESQUIRE, Brisbane

Air dried kimchi


I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from Esquire. I knew little about it, apart from the fact it’s number 17 on the Top 100 list, so here we were, booked in for the 8 course degustation. On arrival we were told there are actually 15 courses all up including a number of ‘snacks’ which are all the rage right now.

It’s a nice contemporary space with concrete floors, a good amount of space between tables and a view of Read more


Moreton Bay bugs, braised leeks, spinach, whole egg fazzoletti, shellfish butter


From the moment my taxi pulled up at the front of Stokehouse I just knew that this was going to be a great evening. It’s an appealing modern structure right on the river.  The area was developed after the 2011 Brisbane floods and Stokehouse, from the same people as Melbourne’s Stokehouse, opened its doors in late 2012.  The food is modern Mediterranean, using local and Australian produce.  I was still just Read more