Nota’s Sebastiaan de Kort and Kevin Docherty took a celebrated old heritage-listed Montrachet premises and, by applying a background in fine dining to an approachable European-inflected share menu, managed to make it their own.
Go in any night of the week, and you’ll see the pair in the kitchen or poking their heads out on the floor. That familiarity has seen it become popular with locals – so much so that the restaurant expanded into a next-door tenancy in 2022, previously occupied by boutique Miss Henry to become Nota Restaurant & Wine Bar.
Book for dinner and go large with mushroom risotto, Brisbane Valley quail with sweetcorn polenta and burnt butter jus, or a 200-gram Black Onyx eye fillet with frites. Or you can simply stop by in the afternoon, or before a game at Suncorp Stadium, for four-cheese arancini, savoury churros with Ortiz anchovies, and tempura-fish sangas with house tartare and wasabi, helped down with vino from a 90-bottle list of small-producer wines from Australia, Italy and France.
The updated space works harmoniously with the warmth of the original dining room. It shares the same white brick walls and high ceilings, and de Kort and Docherty have darkened its elegant parquet floors to match a long set of shelves lined with wines. Comfy banquette seating has been slotted into the bay windows. Elsewhere, the original venue remains much the same.