If you’ve managed to wander all the way through South Bank without being pulled in by the plethora of tasty dining spots and green spaces to picnic on (or chased off by ibises – it happens), you may have found yourself all the way down at River Quay – and wondered how you never found the place before.
It’s not just the Instagramable city views and riverside location that make this one of our favourite dining precincts in Brisbane, oh no. It’s not even that it’s one of the best spots in town for people watching (read: laughing at people riding bikes while we stuff our faces). It’s because with with some of the most deliciously varied riverside restaurants Brisbane has to offer, we can find a meal at River Quay no matter what we’ve got a hankering for, and a spectacular one at that.
Apparently good views inspire genius – or so we can gather from the menu of Stokehouse Q. Their innovative Mediterranean dishes showcase some of Australia’s best produce and trust us, it works. Try delightful combinations like spanner crab cannelloni with white onion cream and cured yolk, or raviolo of goats curd and cherry tomato. If you’re after a weekday lunch with style, book in for 2 courses paired with a glass of wine for $38, Monday to Friday. And maybe stay for cocktails with a view.
There’s no one dish we could pick as our favourite from Popolo’s Italian sharing menu, it’s just too hard. Should it be the ridiculously cheesy arancini with roast pumpkin puree, the slow roasted porchetta with the crispiest crackling in all of Brisbane or the house made ricotta gnocchi with mushroom ragu? There’s no choosing – although we do wish we didn’t have to share. And now, there’s even more to pick from, with Popolo picnic baskets packed full of antipasto, stuffed olives and pizza available to eat on the grass by the river.
Is there any better way to wind down than sipping cocktails by the water? If there are, frankly, we don’t want to know about it – The Jetty’s cocktails are way too delicious. De-stress with a post-work Laneway Martini (or, if the day was really
hectic, a jug of sangria) and escape from the city’s go-go-go vibe. They’ve got baked mussels and prawn tacos to pair them with, braised Wagyu beef cheeks for when you get really peckish and dessert cocktails for later – do we really need to say any more?
Have we found the quay to a perfect dining experience? There’s only one way to find out – at the best riverside dining spot in Brisbane.
Words by Samantha Chariton