Years ago, former commerce student Andrew Buchanan took what some would consider a gamble and deferred his university studies to work full time in hospitality.
It paid off: Buchanan is now the owner of Brisbane dining heavyweights Urbane and sibling, The Euro, and uni is but a distant memory.
Offering European brasserie-inspired fare, The Euro is as sophisticated as the continent (and more stable than the currency) from which it borrows its name. Herbs and greens are sourced from the homegrown herb garden fuelled by compost from kitchen waste, and there’s also a roof-top beehive for daily collection of honey.
Starters include house-smoked barramundi with horseradish crème fraiche and chicken liver parfait with truffle crumb. Mains are a heartier affair with pan roasted duck breast with heirloom baby beetroots and Wagyu rump caps teamed with smoky mash making their way through the dining room.
Dessert may be a selection of Australian and imported cheeses, or a chocolate and cognac marquis with passionfruit mousse and caramelised white chocolate. A comprehensive list of Australian and European wines are on offer, with some reds from South America too.