Brisbane’s best degustations
Proof that good things do come in small packages, degustations are more than a feast – they’re an experience.
Next time your dinner plans require at least six courses, you’ll know just where to go thanks to our list of the best degustations Brisbane has to offer…
DEER DUCK BISTRO | MILTON
This cosy suburban bistro is full of charm–from their intriguing menu to the tassled lamp shades adorning the warren of dining rooms. Whether you have room for their five-, seven- or nine-course degustation (and we strongly recommend getting the matched wines), you’ll be hard-pressed to choose a favourite course from the line up of innovative dishes.
Thankfully, you’ll be able to have a taste of them all, from the Moreton Bay bug with miso broth, mussels, clams and katsuobushi to the almond sponge trifle with jam, lemon myrtle chantilly and Umeshu plum wine. Never fear, vegetarian and vegan degustations are also available for those who would rather not eat the restaurant’s namesake.
MONTRACHET | BOWEN HILLS
One of our favourite spots in town dishing up possibly Brisbane’s very best French fare, Montrachet’s tasting menu is an absolute joy to eat. With classic French flavours, seen in dishes like pan-roasted lamb with Provençal vegetables, semolina and rosemary croquette and pan juices to more contemporary numbers like fresh coral trout with gin and grapefruit dressing, cucumber, young fennel and spring onion, the talent coming out of that kitchen is unbelievable.
RESTAURANT DAN ARNOLD | FORTITUDE VALLEY
Dan, you’re the man. Born and raised in Brisbane, chef Dan Arnold spent seven years perfecting his craft in kitchens across France before returning home to open his very own spot. Modern Australian flavours, fresh local produce and culinary flare with the perfect French twist is what Restaurant Dan Arnold is all about. All you’ve gotta do is choose whether you’re going with three, five or eight courses, and let Dan do the rest!
ELKSA | NEW FARM
This sleek New Farm spot has an emphasis on local Aussie produce prepared using the clean, simple traditions of Nordic cuisine. The menus are ever-evolving and highly seasonal–but you can expect to enjoy expertly balanced dishes like pearl barley koji and cultured butter and smoked cow’s curd, Noosa scallop with green ants, and reef fish with black lip abalone and coastal greens.
ROGUE BISTRO | NEWSTEAD
Offering one menu and one menu only, Rogue Bistro is all about the dego, baby. Think six contemporary courses (the first course happens to consist of four snacks) with flavours from around the world executed PERFECTLY each month. Currently running out of their sister venue The Refinery, the moody vibe and absolutely flavour bombs will have you going rogue yourself.
JOY. RESTAURANT | FORTITUDE VALLEY
It’s all in the name, isn’t it?
joy. is all about good food, good wine and intimate dining. The unique style of the restaurant means only ten diners are served at a time, watching the chef at work and tasting her creations in a nine-course affair. The menu is ever-evolving but always has a delightful array of unique Japanese-inspired flavours, perfectly matching the concise beverage list.
85 MISKIN STREET | TOOWONG
When you’re at 85 Miskin Street, you’ll know you’re truly in the presence of great food and a love for all things tasty. Owner Brent Farrell’s obsession for food radiates through every morsel of the seven-course degustation. They had won us over before we even got to the slow-cooked lamb shoulder with red grape, smoked chevre, burnt eggplant, barley, and soy glaze.
Never mind if you don’t know which fork to use or how to pronounce every course, all you need to do is skip lunch and prepare to feast.
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