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Aria Brisbane

When high profile celebrity chef Matt Moran opened up shop in Brisbane I was a very happy as he chose us over Melbourne! wow!

Brisbane has been lacking a restaurant of this profile for some years but since its opening there has certainly been a spotlight on us and our capacity to keep up with our southern neighbours in terms of the restaurant scene.   

The Gourmet Traveller awards were announced just a day or so ago and another outstanding newcomer on the Brisbane scene is Ortiga. Ortiga is up for New Restaurant of the Year and is running along side a host of Brisbane eateries and bars such as Crosstown Eating House and Aria in various categories.

I am a serious foodie and have been practicing my skills in the kitchen and dining out religiously for as long as I can remember so I do love and appreciate the technique, detail and restrained elegance of the food that adorns the pages of a fine dining menu. What I do not like about fine dining however is the uptight mood that generally accompanies the menu.

Aria Brisbane however is quite simply a breath of fresh air in this respect. We were very well looked after by Daniel at Aria on Saturday and he made every effort to make us feel comfortable and welcome. To his, and the restaurants credit, the service was very very good but in a casual and relaxed way ... just the way it should be.

*Tip! Head in for lunch on a weekday! One Course $35, Two $55 and Three $70!

The food was outstanding and without a doubt the best I have had in Australia to date. The closest dining experiences for me in terms of food quality and service would be a 2 Michelin star restaurant, Envy, in Amsterdam and Wing Lei, which serves classic Chinese cuisine at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas.

I am off to Vue de Monde (Chef Shannon Bennett) and Maze (Chef Gordon Ramsey) in Melbourne early August so we will see how Aria compares.  Stay tuned but for now check out a few photos from our lunch on the weekend. (and no, I did not have 3 deserts but maybe next time I will !)

brisbane à la mode


  1. I have wanted to try Aria but for dinner it is a bit exy! Lunch sounds like a plan though! Great Photos!!

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