As the weather cools down, the menus across Brisbane’s best riverfront boutique shopping and dining precinct heat up, with Portside Wharf restaurants serving soups, risottos and lamb shanks to keep you warm this winter.
When it comes to waterfront fine dining, Sono Japanese Restaurant is up there with Brisbane’s best, and its Japanese hotpots are the perfect winter warmer.
Designed to be shared in the traditional Japanese way, hotpots encourage a harmonious dining experience for both family and friends. The ingredients are initially prepared by Sono staff, then cooked and shared by guests at the table.
The Wagyu sukiyaki is one of the most popular and combines thinly sliced Wagyu beef with fresh vegetables, cooked at the table in traditional sweet soy sukiyaki sauce, served with rice and miso.
Lentils and lamb are the perfect accompaniment to winter, and you’ll find plenty of them on the menu at Byblos. The Lebanese and Middle Eastern inspired menu is perfect on cold days and the famous winter cocktails are simply to die for.
Try the Custaleta – flame grilled lamb cutlets served with dauphinoise potato stack and slow-cooked, caramalised baby onions with a wholegain demi glace. Or if you’d prefer a vegetarian dish, the Moudardara is a rustic staple of Lebanon and consists of lentils cooked with rice and caramalised onion.
For the seafood lovers, you can’t go past the fresh mussels served in a large pot with white wine sauce, onion, parsley, butter and bay leaves.
Cruisers Cafe Bar & Grill’s chargrilled steaks, pastas and risottos are ideal for winter and so is its popular lamb ragu – tender slow-cooked lamb, shiraz and tomato hotpot served with warm, crusty bread.
Renowned for its homemade-style cooking, Cruisers is also serving a delicious seafood chowder with prawns, scallops, calamari and fish, and you just can’t go past the sticky date pudding as a wintery dessert.
Belvedere Bar & Grill is dishing up winter favourites like roasted rack of lamb with aubergine puree, green beans and potato gems, and pan seared duck breast with potato mousseline, poached plums and snow peas.
The rich flavours of Italian favourite Gusto da Gianni makes it the perfect place for comfort food. Try the risotto with chicken tenderloin, saffron and parmesan cheese, or the homemade egg pasta with mushroom, Italian sausage and pecorino cheese with a touch of Napoli sauce.
Restaurant Manx is serving hearty dishes like pork belly with parsnip puree, Dutch carrots, frisee and braising liquor and have also introduced a brunch menu for those who’d prefer to stay in bed a little longer on cold mornings.
If riverside fine dining isn’t what you’re after, Deer Sir, The Burrito Bar, Fresh and Wild seafood, The Bamboo Basket, Ginga and Subway offer excellent food in a casual setting.
Once you’ve filled up on a hearty winter dish, Dendy Cinema is the perfect place to hibernate with a good movie and a dash of popcorn.