Brisbane’s restaurant scene continues to boom, with new and improved hotspots popping up all over town to appeal to all of those with a love affair with good fare, whether you are a dessert fiend, health-conscious foodie or on a quest to find the best international aromas.
It’s impossible to choose where to go, and that’s before you look at a single menu. So here at Brisbane Threads we love to make the task a little easier for you with our Best of Brisbane series.
This week, we’re talking Brisbane’s best restaurants that just so happen to reside inside some of the city’s most luxurious hotels. That’s right, we’re talking Brisbane’s best hotel restaurants. But these restaurants are more than just your regular hotel eatery packed with toasted sandwiches, no flavour and a generic wine menu. These restaurants are spectacular in their own right. They’re making waves in the crowded restaurant scene and have come to be known for their prestigious gastronomic offering.
They’re all a fabulous choice for a dinner date and welcome regular diners with open arms for breakfast, lunch and dinner. And if you don’t want to leave after dessert you can head upstairs to continue the luxurious experience and sleep off that food coma in comfort and style (hint hint, it’s Valentines weekend lads).
Here are our favourites…
LENNONS RESTAURANT | NEXT Hotel
72 Queen Street, Brisbane
Smack bang in the middle of the Queen Street Mall, NEXT Hotel prides itself on doing things differently. And the hotel’s restaurant – Lennons Restaurant – is no exception. The menu is modern, inventive and focuses on fresh produce cooked to perfection, a feat we can attest to. The hot favourite is the Express Yourself daily lunch special – a 3 course set menu that promises a good feed for $35 in 60 minutes.
NEST | Hotel Jen
159 Roma Street, Brisbane
Nest is the new kid on the glamorous hotel restaurant block, taking up the space next to the Brisbane Transit Centre alongside the new Hotel Jen. The interior is a spectacle of its own with lush green booths, beautiful lighting fixtures, artistic features and a lavish dining area that is simple and functional without compromising style. Asian fusion is on the menu alongside an array of signature cocktails including the ‘Birds of Tokyo,’ ‘Garden Martini’ and the ‘Leaving the Nest’ tequila concoction.
FAT NOODLE and LAB BAR + RESTAURANT| Treasury Casino
Top of the Queen Street Mall, Brisbane
The Treasury Casino and Hotel is home to some of the city’s best dining experiences, with Fat Noodle, lab bar + restaurant, Marco Polo, The Kitty and Kitchen at Treasury all housed under the same roof. Luke Nguyen’s Fat noodle is a crowd favourite, serving up lunch fare for the business folk during the day, and delicious Asian cuisine by night.
GAMBARO SEAFOOD RESTAURANT | Gambaro Hotel
33 Caxton Street, Petrie Terrace, Brisbane
Gambaro’s is synonymous with brilliant seafood. Gambaro Seafood Restaurant is the multi-award winning signature restaurant of Caxton Street’s Gambaro Hotel, one of Brisbane’s newest boutique hotels. The restaurant is known for its large offering of quality Australian seafood including mud crab, green lobster fresh from the in-house tank, Moreton Bay Bugs Tasmanian oysters. The house speciality is the Gambaro Seafood Platter, so hop to it if seafood is right up your alley!
MOTION BAR & GRILL | Brisbane Marriott Hotel
515 Queen Street, Brisbane
The Marriott Hotel’s Motion bar & Grill is an elegant example of the hotel chains luxurious charm. Prime Queensland produce sits comfortably on the menu, whether it’s the Seafood Tower or a carnivore’s dream steak, and the High Tea is a crowd pleaser complete with fluffy scones, sweet treats and tasty sandwiches. You can see our full blog post on the Marriott and Motion Bar & Grill here.
VINTAGED BAR & GRILL | Hilton Hotel
190 Elizabeth Street, Brisbane
Showcasing the very best of fresh local produce it’s no Vintaged Bar & Grill was awarded it’s third Chef’s Hat at the 2014/2015 Brisbane Times Queensland Good Food Guide Awards, a prestigious achievement for executive chef Jeremy Clark and Sous Chef Dario Fiorino. Most of the dishes are prepared on the grill, and meats are the key feature of the swanky menu the restaurant is famed for.
BACCHUS | Rydges South Bank
Cnr Grey and Glenelg Street, South Bank
High Tea enthusiasts take note, Bacchus does a quintessentially English High Tea spread which is the perfect experience for baby showers, bridal celebrations, the calm before the hens night storm, a ladies lunch or a casual catch-up with girlfriends. Who can resist delicate finger sandwiches, fluffy scones, an assortment of sweet treats and an endless supply of tea!?
Have you got a hotel restaurant to add to our list? Let us know in the comments below!
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