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 a little more than just an entrée, main and dessert, you’ll know just where to go thanks to our list of the best degustations Brisbane has to offer…
ROGUE BISTRO | NEWSTEAD
Offering one menu and one menu only, Rogue Bistro is all about the dego, baby. Think six contemporary courses (the first consists 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.
MONTRACHET | BOWEN HILLS
Dishing up what’s possibly Brisbane’s best French fare, Montrachet’s five-course tasting menu is an absolute joy to experience. With classic French flavours, seen in dishes like the duck and cognac parfait in choux bun to more contemporary numbers like citrus and grey salt-cured Ora King salmon with blue gum panna cotta, the talent of the kitchen has to be tasted to be believed.
ELSKA | 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 blacklip abalone and coastal greens.
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!
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 multi-course affair. The menu is ever-evolving but always has a delightful array of unique Japanese-inspired flavours, perfectly matching the concise beverage list. You’ll need to book this one WELL in advance…
Gauge | South Brisbane
A triumph of modern-Australian dining, Gauge has staked its claim as one of Brisbane’s must-visit spots. The multi-course set dinner menu changes regularly, but is likely to feature simple, technical delights like chestnut cannoli with goats gouda and celery, Spanish mackerel with vadouvan spice, broccoli and mussel cream, and an elegant, seasonal dessert. While you’ve got to try the dego at least once, Gauge also offers a la carte snacks for when you’re short on time (or stomach space!).
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 five-course tasting menu or seven-course degustation, both featuring Brent’s long-running signature dish, the mushroom cappuccino with truffle oil and prosciutto crumb.
Korean Butterfly | Woolloongabba
This Japanese/Korean fusion experience is tucked away in the backstreets of Woolloongabba and offers up omakase-style menus for lunch and dinner on Wednesday-Sunday. The dark, intimate space provides the perfect backdrop to enjoy menus of stunning simplicity, with the regularly changing menu featuring the likes of pan-fried cod with miso, char-grilled eel, and Korean tartare sando with fermented cod roe cream.
DEER DUCK BISTRO | MILTON
This cosy suburban bistro is full of charm–from their intriguing menu to the tasselled lampshades 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 lineup of innovative dishes. Plant-based options are also available for those who would rather not eat the restaurant’s namesake.
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!
Lead photo: Grace Elizabeth Images
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