Now I am usually not one for fine dining… and I must admit the lure of a rooftop pool bar is really what brought me there…. but it was the amazing service, the delicious food and the lush interiors that will bring me back to Bacchus, newly opened restaurant at Rydges, South Bank.
It all started with the phone reservation, the usual details, then an unexpected… ”..are you joining us for a special occasion this evening..?” They were already interested in ensuring our evening was special… and we hadn’t even arrived.
We were greeted at the door by two gorgeous girls dressed in white, who were all smiles and led us to our table.
Our charismatic waiter took us through the menu and drew our attention to the locally sourced olive oils that highlighted each meal… an innovative way to differentiate the characteristics of each dish. We settled on the fish and the lamb…. I had the lamb…. It was perfect! Succulent slices of tender lamb shoulder on a bed of more slow roasted lamb (cue the melt in your mouth moment!) accompanied by a smooth pumpkin mash, crispy potatoes and lemon polenta. YUMM!
We finished the evening with a drink on the rooftop (the main restaurant is indoors and opens up onto the roof with the pool and bar)… the design of the whole venue is just gorgeous.. in fact Bacchus enlisted the talent of Tracy Beckmann who has an extensive portfolio of New York and LA hotels and bars under her belt.… and we think she has done a phenomenal job of bringing the atmosphere and essence some of the coolest big city bars right to the centre of Brisbane.
Named after the Roman God of food, wine and indulgence, Bacchus certainly lives up to such tall claims. A must-visit.
9 Glenelg Street
South Bank Brisbane Q 4101
P: 07 3364 0843