Nestled in the south west of France, the French region of Aquitaine is known for its ardent love of provincial fare and local wine. Journey halfway around the world to River Quay, and you’ll find a casual brasserie that embraces the food culture of Aquitaine with gusto. A slightly more casual take on French dining, Aquitaine Brasserie is led by renowned chef James Gulburg, who revels in creating traditional French cuisine from fresh local Queensland ingredients. Let the intricate detailing of the restaurant’s interior catch your eye as you enjoy a classic bouillabaisse, or sit outside in the picturesque River Quay setting and savour a meal steeped in culinary tradition.
Cove Bar and Dining
Cove Bar + Dining is a contemporary oyster and Champagne bar that provides all the ingredients for an impressive dining experience. While a striking bar crafted from 231 antique-style drawers and lined with top-shelf spirits will initially draw you into the restaurant, the sumptuous menu will entice you to linger over share plates of food and bespoke cocktails. Start the evening with the signature oyster dish, which is a lavish serving of oysters topped with starring Moët & Chandon gel, San Pellegrino emulsion and king salmon pearls, before moving onto equally inviting serves of crisp pork belly and battered white anchovies.
Drenched in sunlight, River Quay provides the ideal waterside setting to sit back in a Balinese daybed and simply watch the world wander by. Boasting a fitout sourced from Bali and a contemporary menu, The Jetty provides a tranquil city escape. The front of the restaurant is lined with daybeds, while the natural timber and stone hues accentuate the affinity between the restaurant and its breezy setting. Complementing the holiday-like setting is a menu that combines fresh Queensland produce with the flavours and sensibilities of Asian cuisine. The Jetty also doubles as a bar, providing comprehensive wine and cocktail lists designed to complement the food menu.
The experience of savouring beautiful Italian cuisine is one best shared with others. While the essence of Popolo is to serve simple Italian fare prepared with care and attention to detail, the restaurant has opted to pursue a contemporary pasta-free approach. The menu was inspired by the idea that diners would gather around a table to share a selection of tapas-style dishes, capturing the Italian spirit of enjoying food, wine and conversation together. Start the affair with pan-fried sardines and move onto suckling pig, truffled polenta and ricotta gnocchi. A full-time sommelier is also on-hand to find the perfect bottle of wine for the table.
Joining its iconic sister establishment in St Kilda, Stokehouse Q draws upon a long history of culinary prowess. Housed in striking lodgings, Stokehouse Q has a stylish, yet casual approach to dining. The menu draws upon local produce and the bold flavours of the Mediterranean to create a selection of accessible yet elegant dishes. A wide deck stretches out over the banks of the Brisbane River, while large glass panels provide stunning vistas from indoors, and a mezzanine level plays host to private functions. For a more casual affair, visit the Stoke Bar where you can sip on a martini while contemplating a menu of tasting plates.