We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Great selction of over 100 Gins....But”

Dutch Courage Officers' Mess
Ranked #319 of 4,896 Restaurants in Brisbane
Price range: US$12 - US$20
Cuisines: Gastropub
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
Good for: Bar Scene
Description: Embark on a culinary journey of discovery, with Head Chef Regan Haira drawing on spices and cooking methods from North Africa with a focus on grilled meats. Try the chermoula-crusted lamb rib or explore your adventurous side and feast on goat shank or pork neck. Savour your DC dining experience upstairs on our colonial-inspired mezzanine, overlooking the main bar. This unique dining environment offers a dedicated bar and provides an ideal space for larger groups and function bookings.
Reviewed 29 October 2017 via mobile

Much more suited to a younger crowd and we were certainly the wrong demographic for a Saturday night.
The bar area had a few large groups of women and together with the music it was expectedly noisy. We had dinner booked and arrived early to sample the great range of gins and sat at the bar for about half an hour. Bartenders were friendly and mixed some great gins but found it impossible to just sit and talk and decided to go upstairs for dinner.

The menu was small - tapas and share plate style. My wife being vegetarian knew the menu was limited but we still wanted to experience a gin bar.
Upstairs dining area has another small bar and the kitchen. Unfortunately we were seated at a bar stool/table set up straight outside the kitchen servery even though there were vacant tables available at the other end. Shortly after we ordered food were told that due to high demand from the customers downstairs they were out of the vegetarian fritters which was really all my wife liked on the menu.
Our decision then was to have some flat bread side with eggplant and leave. No denying the flat bread and eggplant+relish were really good.
I think our expectations perhaps were a bit high for the venue. Lesson learnt - we should have researched a bit more.

Thank Craig B
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Matthew H, Owner at Dutch Courage Officers' Mess, responded to this reviewResponded 31 October 2017

Hi Craig,

Thanks for taking the time to write a review. On the weekend, we do tend have more of an uptempo atmosphere with birthday parties etc whereas Sun-Thu are the best days to sit at the bar and talk with the staff about the gin selection. The area at the other end of the dining room was booked out by another guest so we were unable to seat you there.

We've very sorry that we ran out of the fritters on Saturday. We'd love for you to come in again sometime, perhaps on a quieter night, and we'll look after you with the fritters on the house. We're glad you enjoyed the food & drinks that you did get to try but apologies that we couldn't meet your expectations on this occasion.

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a ReviewReviews (35)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language

6 - 10 of 35 reviews

Reviewed 19 September 2017 via mobile

Always love coming here... order a few off the menu to start and then get talking to the bar staff ... order off the menu is a great experience ... I like to order a 'surprise me' ... after explaining what I like a fun journey then starts for the next few hours of 'if you liked that then try this' and always with the origins and back stories of the drinks chosen... have to hand it to the staff they seriously know their product

Thank Ben C
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Matthew H, Owner at Dutch Courage Officers' Mess, responded to this reviewResponded 21 September 2017

Thanks Ben. The team also enjoys going 'freestyle' and creating something just for you. I'll make sure I pass on your thoughts to the bartenders and we'd love to see you back for another visit soon!

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 17 August 2017 via mobile

Meet friends here for a meal and drinks. Food was really different and interesting. Amazing cocktail selection. The area upstairs for dinning was really nice. Staff were friendly and helpful. Really nice atmosphere to catch up with friends were you can hear what they are saying. Highly recommend.

1  Thank Emily1092
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Matthew H, Owner at Dutch Courage Officers' Mess, responded to this reviewResponded 23 August 2017

Hi Emily, we're so pleased you enjoyed your visit to Dutch and can't wait to see you back again next time. Your feedback has been passed on to the team.

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 13 July 2017 via mobile

We had a great time here sampling some really enjoyable dishes. It's a small bar and the restaurant serving share plates with a middle eastern flare. We ordered the deep fried duck, calamari, lamb ribs and chips. The lamb ribs and duck was the highlight of our experience. Service was excellent and attentive. They also have an expansive selection of gin so we will be coming back to try the drinks

1  Thank Teresa D
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Matthew H, Owner at Dutch Courage Officers' Mess, responded to this reviewResponded 14 July 2017

Hi Teresa,

Glad you enjoyed the experience and we're looking forward to having you back to try our gin & cocktails.

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 11 July 2017 via mobile

My wife and I visited this small bar / restaurant after work on Friday night. With wonderful food, beautiful cocktails and great service this venue proved to be a hidden gem. We started with the duck, seared scallops, lamb tangible and passion fruit Creme brûlée. The food was ample, beautifully cooked and reasonably priced. This lovely little restaurant is quickly becoming one of our favourite go-to places.

1  Thank dlturner007
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Matthew H, Owner at Dutch Courage Officers' Mess, responded to this reviewResponded 12 July 2017

Thanks for your kind words. I will pass on your thoughts to the chef and service team and we're glad that Dutch can be a regular destination for you and your wife.

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC

Travellers who viewed Dutch Courage Officers' Mess also viewed

Brisbane, Brisbane Region
Brisbane, Brisbane Region
 
Brisbane, Brisbane Region
Brisbane, Brisbane Region
 
Brisbane, Brisbane Region
Brisbane, Brisbane Region
 

Been to Dutch Courage Officers' Mess? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing