Manhattan meets Soho meets Melbourne – that was the vision of owner Fabian Rebelo as he pieced together his elaborate fit-out for restaurant Stanton, which opened last week in the city overlooking the Queen Street Mall. Contemporary loft-style interiors were combined with a bunch of vintage elements to create a dining experience that’s intended to be both luxurious and approachable.
“We wanted to create something that felt like it always belonged here,” Rebelo says. Rebelo wanted to harness elements of the Brisbane CBD while at the same time offer visitors an escape from the city. Central to this ploy is the venue’s outdoor balcony, which almost feels like it floats above the mall.
“When you’re standing at the front of Stanton and looking into the venue, it’s a completely transparent view into the CBD,” Rebelo says. “[But] from underneath us, you’d never know we’re above you.”
Interior designer Melissa Collison has pulled together a giddy array of elements to create Stanton, with brown leather armchairs, bespoke wallpaper, blue velvet couches and antique furniture scattered throughout. Persian carpet, mosaic tiling and timber floors separate the lounge, dining space and curved bar, while a pair of matching 1940s French basket chandeliers hang from the ceiling.
Just as the fit-out was designed to reflect the city, Stanton’s ambitious menu is intended to zero in on Brisbane’s love of a good breakfast cafe. Dishes include a mushroom medley, sautéed and served with double whipped cream on sourdough toast; and a green breakfast featuring poached eggs, avocado, kale, broccoli, peas, tahini and pepitas.
On the lunch menu, a double-baked crab soufflé with blue swimmer and prawn bisque is a standout. Elsewhere, Stanton’s large stone oven is doing a keen trade in Napoli-style pizza with toppings including spicy salmon and olives, pancetta and potatoes, and margherita. The lunch menu roles into a dinner service Wednesday through Sunday.
Coffee is Stanton’s house blend, roasted in Sydney. Otherwise, the curved timber bar dishes up a wine list of both boutique and major producers along with an extensive cocktail list.
226 Queens Street, Brisbane
Mon & Tue 7.30am–5pm
Wed, Thu & Sun 7.30am–9pm
Fri & Sat 7.30am–9.30pm