Reviews

Aquitaine

Brisbane Times / October 2012

Faultless French fare with a contemporary twist

Remember the po-faced wait staff? The menu tomes, written not only in culinary Francaise but incomprehensible calligraphy? How about the bank-loan wine lists and atmosphere that made us sit up straight and speak in whispers?

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The Urban List / October 2012

South Bank Welcomes Aquitaine Brasserie

South Bank is having a moment. A big moment. Restaurants are popping up all over the place, and scrambling to take advantage of the killer waterfront views the precinct has to offer.
Newcomer, Aquitaine, has managed to snag one of the best spots on the Riverfront, and is making its mark with quality, French-inspired dishes at reasonable prices.
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The Urban List / October 2012

Brisbane’s Best Risotto – Aquitaine Brasserie

Aquitaine is the very latest addition to the River Quay dining district at Southbank. Nestled between Popolo and Stokehouse, Aquitaine boasts a menu based on classic French recipes, featuring fresh local produce and modern cooking techniques. The classic French combo of beetroot, goats cheese, walnuts, and sorrel transitions into a risotto, like an Italian native. You won’t know whether to say Bon Appetit or Buon Appetito.

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The Weekend Edition / October 2012

Find contemporary French fare at new Aquitaine Brasserie

The latest gourmet installment to join the riverside dining precinct of River Quay at South Bank is Aquitaine Brasserie. Drawing influences from the varied cuisine of the south-west pocket of France, Aquitaine Brasserie delivers classic French fare in a contemporary manner.

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Cove Bar & Dining

Taste.com.au / January 2012

Cove Bar + Dining.

A new bar/diner takes full advantage of its river setting. Margie Fraser reports.
Cove sits truly, tranquilly next to the Brisbane River. It makes me realise how so many other riverside locations feel much less waterside, with their hampering surrounds of bollards, boardwalks, boulders and boundary fences.
From Cove, it’s an all-clear prospect to the rippling water via a sloping swathe of green grass and a little amphitheatre of terraces.

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Style Magazines / December 2011

Watch the world go by!

OFTEN, WHEN HEADING out for a bite to eat or a refreshing beverage, you have to decide between an establishment in a top location, or a spot that offers top grub. Newly opened Cove Bar + Dining nails what so many restaurants and bars have failed to achieve.

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The Foodiste / October 2011

Sneak peek at Cove Bar & Dining.

So yesterday, I had the chance to have a quick peek at the just about to open Cove Bar & Dining at Southbank. It’s at the curved end of Southbank boardwalk near the Goodwill Bridge.
It’s the first in the complex that will open-hopefully next Thursday. I also had the chance to taste-test a couple of menu items, and both were pretty great. The first was beautiful flavoursome fat-veined beef carpaccio, served with a 62 degree poached egg, a truffle mayo and watercress with little crunchy crumbs of sea salt.

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Popolo

The Courier Mail / March 2012

Riverside chic

IF you’re looking for a laidback spot to enjoy some delicious food with loved ones, then look no further than the new River Quay precinct.

If you haven’t already checked out the new River Quay precinct at Brisbane’s South Bank, there’s no better time than a lazy Sunday afternoon, and Popolo would be a good place to start if you’re after something breezy and laidback.

The first thing you notice about this pocket of chic new restaurants is the fresh perspective on the Brisbane River they allow, cleverly presented beyond a large, sweeping lawn (where, incidentally, Friday cocktails at sunset are proving a hit).

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U on Sunday / March 2012

Head chef at Popolo Italian Kitchen and Bar Doug McGarry shares a sweet recipe for U on Sunday readers

Doug McGarry is head chef at newly opened Popolo Italian Kitchen and Bar at River Quay, South Bank. Wendy Hall caught up with him and scored a sweet recipe for U on Sunday readers.

When did you decide to become a chef?

I decided to become a chef after working with an eccentric old Italian guy here in Brisbane. He showed me some of the basics and I really enjoyed the fast pace and sense of creating something special for people to enjoy. He used to yell at me all day but at the end of every shift he would tell me I’d done a great job and thanked me.

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The Weekend Edition / March 2012

Popolo brings La Dolce Vita to River Quay, South Bank

The Italians have a passionate approach to life in all its aspects, but particularly towards their love of food. At Popolo, sit back and let the experts teach you a thing or two about Italian cooking. South Bank’s Popolo is a restaurant that serves quality traditional cuisine, specialising in sumptuous share plates and tapas choices that burst with flavour.

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The Courier Mail / December 2011

News from the Brisbane food scene.

SUCKLING pig, deboned, rolled and roasted daily; panzotti parcels stuffed with a rich venison ragu; Vannella Cheese’s tender sheets of sfogliata filled with mushrooms… Popolo, a new 120-seater Italian at River Quay, South Bank, may have taken a while to open but by the look of the menu it’s making up for lost time.
Co-owner Andrew Baturo says the key words regarding the venue are “elegant simplicity”. Like his other eatery, Libertine, at Paddington Barracks, the focus at Popolo will be on shared plates.

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Stokehouse Q

The Weekend Edition / June 2012

Taste plates and casual eats at Stoke Bar, River Quay

While River Quay’s Stokehouse has previously been split into eating and drinking dens, its Stoke Bar is now offering a relaxed menu of Mediterranean-inspired dishes.

Serving up a vast array of tasting plates and tapas, the new Stoke Bar menu also offers main dishes for those a tad more than peckish. Take your smoky, olive-topped martini with a side of Serrano ham and Spanish olives or indulge with the House Made Gnocchi accompanied by pork cheek, fresh peas, white wine and pecorino.

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The Weekend Edition / April 2012

A taste of the contemporary at Stokehouse

South Bank has well and truly earned its culinary stripes of late, which are particularly evident in the modernist surrounds of Stokehouse at River Quay.

The statement-making restaurant consists of origami-like folds of rich timber in an array of sharp angles; sleek and modern, it directly reflects the restaurant’s approach to cooking. Check out the menu and you’ll find contemporary creations with a Mediterranean edge and a focus on seafood.

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Style Magazines / December 2011

South Bank’s newest offering, The Stokehouse stacks up!

IF YOU’VE EVER visited St Kilda, it’s likely that you’ve heard of The Stokehouse. As popular with AFL players and their WAGS as it is with prominent business-people with a more discerning palate, the Stokehouse has set the bar for fine dining without the stuffy atmosphere. asetting the bar for fine dining without the stuffy atmosphere.

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The Courier Mail / November 2011

REVIEW: Stokehouse at South Bank.

STOKEHOUSE has been a Melbourne institution for 21 years. All that coming-of-age experience and simple, clever style that has made it a St Kilda landmark seems to have happily crossed the state borders and translated seamlessly into the new sister restaurant in Brisbane.
While still sporting a waterside tag, this Stokehouse is riverside instead of beachside, but either way there’s still seems a relaxed, nautical lilt to it that is reminiscent of its forebear.

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BrisbaneTimes.com.au / November 2011

The new long lunch destination.

This is what South Bank has been waiting for: a stunning riverside restaurant, right on the water, casual enough for a family Sunday lunch yet chic enough to impress out-of-towners.
The second restaurant to open in the new Riverbend precinct, Stokehouse Brisbane hosted a media lunch yesterday after quietly opening to the public last Friday.
It’s a sister to the original Stokehouse in Melbourne yet feeling entirely Queensland and somehow familiar, despite being so spanking new, due to the gorgeous design by local architects Arkhefield (behind Urbane, Portside & The Barracks).

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The Jetty

Must Do Brisbane / May 2012

The Jetty South Bank

Sun beds, maritime chic décor, city views and a Balinese tinged menu are all the go at The Jetty’s smart River Bend incarnation.

Drop by for a drink at the dramatic centrepiece bar with its extensive range of tipples – ciders, craft and standard beers, local and international wine varietals and cocktails – or take a front row seat on a sun bed and order some nasi goreng and satay.

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The Herald Sun / April 2012

Review: The Jetty in South Bank

THE name suggests seafood, but while The Jetty does a mean battered fish, it casts a far wider net across international cuisines beyond Britain’s favourite dish.

A younger sibling to the established Bulimba restaurant of the same name, this one boasts a dress circle position in the new River Quay section of South Bank.

The river is delectably close and the view across it to the CBD is one of the city’s best.

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