7 spots that prove fine dining isn’t dead | The Gourmand & Gourmet

7 spots that prove fine dining isn’t dead

Fine dining! Did you flinch? That’s ok, we understand. With the increasing popularity of fried chicken comfort food and pan-Asian streets dominating our menus and filling our bellies you can almost be forgiven for letting your inner epicurean to take a backseat while you get your hands dirty. But the time for slumming it has officially past. Fine dining isn’t dead, it was just taking a really long nap! Let us show you how to get back in touch with the joys of white linen table cloths and decadent degustations courtesy of a few of Brisbane’s finest dining institutions. Now where did we leave our cufflinks?
Deer Duck Bistro | Auchenflower
Pass us our cravat because things are about to get a little fancy thanks to Deer Duck Bistro. Featuring cosy vintage interiors and degustation menu that would make Marco Pierre White blush, this charismatic venue is one to put on your bucket list. With decadent menu items like seared venison loin with truffle and chanterelle mushrooms it’s no wonder locals are deer ducking in for their regular fine dining fix.
Allium | New Farm
In an era of freakshakes, decked out donuts and novelty food items, this is one fine dining institution that dares to get down to the bare necessities of fine dining – and it’s being welcome liked a breath of fresh Scandinavian designed air. Tucked away in ever trendy New Farm, Allium’s menu demonstrates how four or five excellent ingredients can come together to create a thing of beauty. Our top tip? We can’t go past the duck-adent dry aged duck breast with charred broccolini and butternut pumpkin. Alli-yum!
The Wolfe | East Brisbane
What is it about The Wolfe that takes regular, sensible food lovers and turns them into crazed foodies speaking with rapturous tongues? Is it the expertly crafted menu that changes monthly to ensure premium produce? Or, is it the inventive flavour combinations like suckling pig with burnt mango, blackened rice and mangosteen? Surely it’s not the elegantly restrained interiors that are one part mid-century modern with one part classic French bistro. I mean we just don’t get it. Maybe you should check it out and let us know.
Tartufo | Teneriffe
Leave it to the Italians to show the rest of Brisbane how to mix the art of fine dining with the comforts of home. Whether you’re looking to dine light with their classic a la carte menu or indulge your inner Italian with a decadent degustazione (that’s Italian for degustation) Tartufo have got your cravings covered. Mamma mia!
Urbane | CBD
With enough hats to start their own Melbourne Cup parade the team from Urbane are the do-no-wrong fine fining degustation experts. Sure, you’d be forgiven for mistaking the menu for a vague shopping list (Wagyu, parsley, carrot) but don’t be fooled by deceptive simplicity – Urbane is the Brisbane fine dining institution against which all others are measured. No pressure or anything.
Public | CBD
Can’t handle the thought of another stuffy fine dining venue? Then you’re going to want to be seen in Public. From the fun and surprisingly affordable shared menu to the relaxed atmosphere, this tasty little venue has been giving the proverbial middle finger to formal dining since it first opened. Our top tip? Try their salmon ceviche with prawn crackers and black ants.
Vaquero | Albion
Habla Espanol? Yeah, us neither. But thanks to this fantastic Albion addition we’re getting a taste for fine dining with a touch of Spanish flair. Mixing exquisitely designed interiors with a menu fully loaded with tapas style delicacies like scallop boudin, crispy cauliflower and pickled fennel, this is one spicy senorita you’re going to want to take for a spin. Better wear the little black dress! Words by Rachel Murphy