Pericles Yiannakis, concierge at Sofitel Brisbane Central, and HotelManagement magazine’s Concierge of the Year, shares his favourite picks for dining in Brisbane
Blackbird Bar and Grill
Open for two years, Blackbird bar and Grill is one of Brisbane’s top dining and drinking venues. With sweeping views of The Story Bridge and the Brisbane River, the lavishly designed Gatsby inspired cocktail lounge will transport you into a timeless setting. I always feel like I am in a movie set when dining there. Modern Australian dining meets a Mediterranean influence; Blackbird has a beautiful menu with seafood and meat dishes that will certainly exceed expectations. It’s also a great spot for private functions.
Nestled in the ever-popular James street precinct in Fortitude Valley, Gerard’s bistro has a lot to boast about. The Middle Eastern influence on their menu gives customers a unique dining experience like no other in Brisbane. With an emphasis on share plates, it’s the perfect spot for a group who love to try unique dishes. The roasted wagyu brisket is something you just have to try and if you’re really adventurous, go for the lamb tagine. A dish they often get a lot of feedback about, particularly the lamb’s brains crusted in fragrant morcilla, tahina and yoghurt.
Owners Matt Moran and Bruce Solomon have managed to perfectly integrate the famous ARIA brand to suit Brisbane’s laidback attitude. At ARIA you will receive incredible service in a stunning setting overlooking The Brisbane River. The award winning wine list will see the sommelier match your wines perfectly to any dish on the seasonal menu. The pork belly entree is an absolute must.
LONgTIME is always packed out. This very trendy Thai restaurant has an incredible atmosphere right in the heart of Brisbane’s buzzing Fortitude Valley. The perfect location for a high quality meal before heading out on the town with a group of friends. Also a great place for larger bookings. The banquet menu is very well price. Highly recommended for late night dining, especially if it’s a spontaneous decision to grab a bite to eat. You will remember your experience here for a ‘long time.’
Jellyfish – Eagle Street Pier
Jellyfish on Eagle street pier is the quintessential seafood restaurant on absolute riverfront dining. Jellyfish’s fate was uncertain after they were underwater following the Brisbane floods, but they pulled through to remain one of Brisbane’s finest quality seafood restaurants firmly showing Brisbane they are here to stay. Their crispy fried baby barramundi (served whole) easily is a top contender for my favourite dish of all time. Jellyfish is for the sophisticated individual who insists on only the best quality.