Working in the travel industry & having shared some of my overseas adventures in the blogging world, I look forward to also sharing my experiences of what Brisbane & it's surrounds have to offer.
Published August 25th 2013
Fine Dining may be more affordable than you expect
It can be expensive dining out these days so you like to hopefully enjoy the dining experience and receive good value for your money. On a recent lunch at a bayside pub we were surprised at the prices of some of the mains – steaks averaging $35.00 and other mains between $28-$35. What we were served were average meals that could have been easily cooked at home. I've discovered that it's possible to treat yourself to fine dining with great views and fantastic service for not much more than a pub meal.
For a birthday lunch we decided to try Aqualinea at Teneriffe. The menu looked really enticing and I was looking forward to a leisurely afternoon overlooking the Brisbane river. We found it an issue trying to get a park on a Saturday at lunchtime which resulted in several drives around the block and then being dropped off at the restaurant while my more patient other half drove off in search for that elusive parking space. I'm not sure how busy it gets around this area in the evening but next time I'll be using the Citycat to get here hassle-free as the terminal is not far from the restaurant.
We were seated by the window so we could enjoy the lovely view and were looked after promptly by our waiter, who was very knowledgeable about the menu and the wines on offer.
My entrée of pork belly, cider caramel, apple and fennel remoulade had the perfect crispy topping and the remoulade offered the perfect sweet accompaniment. My husband said his poached lobster was fantastic.
The flavours listed in the scallop and banana prawn risotto intrigued me so I just had to try this for my main. There was a distinct Thai element due to the coconut cream and the kaffir lime flavour really came through and finished the dish off beautifully. My husband ordered one of the specials – snapper fillet with risotto. Although he enjoyed it, he preferred the different flavours of my dish. What a shame I wasn't prepared to go halves.
Scallop and banana prawn risotto. Don't let the picture fool you- there were scallops and prawns hiding underneath that creamy rice.
Dessert – my favourite course where I always weaken for crème brulee. Flavoured with Chambord liquer and accompanied by pistachio biscotti and home made vanilla ice cream and the obligatory birthday sparkler, it certainly hit the spot. My chocoholic husband enjoyed the flourless chocolate cake, hazelnut chocolate pot and poached pear – very rich but sure to satisfy any chocolate lover out there.
Creme brulee with pistachio biscotti and ice cream
If you were to come to Aqualinea and enjoy a main meal only, you wouldn't be paying much more than many of the pub meals out there but would be enjoying a fine dining menu, attentive and superior service and a relaxing river view to top off a lovely afternoon. This restaurant is certainly on my "must come again" list.