Stokehouse | Sidon Street, SOUTH BANK QLD 4101

We have been to the Stokehouse a number of times, but the most memorable time was when the other travel bunnie and I were invited to a wedding reception which was held at this beautiful riverfront restaurant overlooking the Brisbane CBD. It was a wonderful night in a romantic setting and I vividly remember each of the dishes that I enjoyed.

Yesterday, our lunch at the Stokehouse reminded me again just how much I love the restaurant. We were seated at a table covered with a white linen tablecloth, which offered picturesque views of the river and beyond through wooden framed glass sliding doors. Before the arrival of our entrées, we nibbled on some freshly baked bread that had been dipped in top notch olive oil to get our taste buds excited.

My breath was taken away when the entrées arrived at our table. The Albacore tuna ceviche, corn & pear salsa, green gazpacho, chipotle crisp ($25) was so pretty to look at that I almost didn't want to eat it (emphases on the word almost). The plate looked like a watercolour painting with different layers of green, dots of yellow and chunks of tuna masterfully scattered about. It was a cool, fresh and light dish. In comparison to my entrée, the other travel bunnie's Maple-glazed bacon, fresh figs, vegetables à la grecque, salsa verde ($24) was a different story all together. The colours of the ingredients were rich and seriously, don't even get me started on the thick cut maple-glazed bacon. That piece of sweet yet savoury meat gave me so much pleasure that I decided to take possession of the plate from the other travel bunnie before he had a chance to even finish half of the dish.

We had a nice break before we received our main meals and I took the opportunity to sip on a fruity Lychee Rose Cooler ($10) as I had been too busy eating before. The mains, Grilled spatchcock, cauliflower, burnt ginger pear, marinated salmon roe, thyme jus ($39) and off the daily special board, John Dory, cos lettuce, celtuse, pine nuts, sauce jacqueline ($40) were both generous in their portions and again beautifully presented. The spatchcock was tender, juicy and delicious. As for the John Dory, the sauce Jacqueline had a nice yellow colour from the carrots with a well developed, buttery flavour that worked wonders with the fish. The side of Baked field mushrooms, chilli, anchovies, garlic, fresh herbs, vincotto ($11) provided even more substance to what was already an almost overwhelming meal.

Having had seen and tasted the scrumptious entrées and mains, there was no way that we would leave the restaurant without trying some desserts. As if we weren't satisfied already, the desserts concluded the experience on an orgasmic level. Truly. I couldn't possibly pick a favourite out of The Bombe ($20) which is a signature dessert of the restaurant or the Valrhona chocolate mousse, peanut crunch, banana ice cream ($21), as both desserts tasted heavenly.

The food that we had at the Stokehouse was without a doubt visually, works of art with the stark plates being blank canvases for the team of chefs lead under the direction of award-winning Head Chef, Richard Ousby allowing them to showcase their creativity and wonderful skills using the freshest seasonal produce available. When coupled with the food's depth of flavour and arguably the best cityscape the Stokehouse truly is one of Brisbane's best!

Disclaimer: the bunnies were invited guests of the Stokehouse Brisbane, however my opinion is as always, my own.

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