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“beautiful food - shame about the service...” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Aria Brisbane

Aria Brisbane
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Ranked #9 of 4,097 Restaurants in Brisbane
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Australian
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Groups, View, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: After-hours, Lunch, Dinner, Full Bar, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: ARIA Brisbane, located on the Eagle Street Pier, provides the quintessential Brisbane dining experience, with striking views from the restaurant of the Brisbane River. Owned by chef Matt Moran and restaurateur, Peter Sullivan, ARIA boasts a well-balanced seasonal menu, featuring local and Australian produce and an award winning wine list, served in an elegant dining room with stunning views. "If it's fine dining you seek, in a split-level expanse of understated elegance that affords sweeping city views, this sibling to Matt Moran's southern star ticks the boxes. Add a stellar cellar selection, with a thoughtful nod to Queensland wineries, plus accomplished service and you've hit the right notes, particularly for corporates and lovers of occasion. There's obvious skill, attention to detail and quality produce on show from opening chords to final flourish. Succulent pork belly has perfect golden crackling, while plump duck dumplings, abalone and mushrooms swim in a Peking duck consomme. Kingfish baked in cedar bark has its wrapping set alight en route to the table, adding a welcome smokiness. Creamy custard tart alongside figs, apple slices and candied walnuts has real retro charm. A sweet farewell gift box of miniature macarons rounds out a night to remember." Gourmet Traveller Australia
Hervey Bay, Australia
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“beautiful food - shame about the service...”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2010

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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