We decided to have dinner at Aria Brisbane at the end of a ten day holiday. We had booked about three months in advance, and were looking forward immensely to the evening as a culmination and perfect ending to our holiday.
We arrived at Aria and our table was ready, which we thought was good considering that we were half an hour early. We ordered drinks, but waited for several minutes before being spoken to by our overworked waiter - as it appeared that he was responsible for seven or eight tables, some very demanding.
Our table was situated right infront of the wait station and wooden walk way linking the kitchen and bar. At times during the evening there were up to five staff standing there.
Service was very disjointed, having different staff visiting the table to take orders and serve food - something I am not used to from higher quality restaurants.
The gnocchi we ordered for starter with a beef ragu was outstanding, and the best gnocchi I have ever tasted. The main courses we ordered were also of high quality.
The dessert we ordered was the peanut butter and jelly, which I recalled seeing on Masterchef, and I was extremely impressed, definitely living up to the hype!
The waiter was pleasant, but he was looking after way too many tables, and did not have the time to do check backs on his tables, leaving other staff members to do them.
This was a real let down, along with the location of our table. I thought that booking so far in advance would have meant that my request for a window table would have been met.
The food was beautiful and very memorable, but unfortunately the service left a lot to be desired, and the complimentary macaroons we were given as we left will not be enough to make us return for a second go.
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