It’s the little touches that sets this award-winning fine diner apart: from the complimentary Champagne cocktail on arrival for the early dinner sitting, to the take-home boxes of macarons. Then there’s the breathtaking water view with Story Bridge poised in the background.
The service is as polished as the silver cutlery lined up on the linen-clad tables, and the seasonal menu is carefully crafted by celebrity chef, Matt Moran. Much like its older Sydney sibling, ARIA Brisbane is refined and elegant, with a hint of casual Queensland coolness.
Its menu is unabashedly modern Australian, with nods to French bistro in dishes such as the grilled Moreton Bay bug tails with spiced cauliflower; and roast duck breast with celeriac, apple and gingerbread. Desserts take on a Queensland twist with custard-filled banana soufflés and Daintree vanilla parfaits paired with mandarin and pomegranate. ARIA’s wine list is also one of Australia’s most awarded, showcasing varieties from the Hunter right through to Rheims as well as a few locals from the Granite Belt.