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Published October 29th 2013
Feast on the full ARIA Brisbane experience
For a fine dining experience, you can't go past ARIA Restaurant Brisbane. The man behind it is famed celebrity chef Matt Moran who puts his heart and soul into his creations.
From the moment you enter through the glamorous ARIA doors, you feel like you've arrived at somewhere really special. The welcome is professional and warm and you are escorted to your table by your waiter who will lay your napkin across your lap and introduce him/herself.
The ambience at lunch is busy, vibrant and chatty, with patrons gazing out over the river at the passing boats, ferries and paddlewheelers. The view is spectacular during the day and magnificent at night, especially when the Story Bridge is lit up for special occasions.
Meanwhile, magnificence is served at your table, beginning with the amuse bouche du jour, some delicate little morsel that whets your appetite beautifully.
ARIA amuse bouche
On week day lunches, there is a specials menu which permits the choice of one, two or three courses at set prices. This is a very welcome way to avoid over-spending at lunch and allows us ordinary folk to enjoy an extra special experience without breaking the bank. Even so, it's an indulgent experience probably best reserved for special occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries, graduations and congratulations.
On the day we visited, we enjoyed a gorgeous range of dishes that were optimally fresh, totally delicious and presented with stunning attention to detail.
Main course Below is a picture of the glorious Black Angus,150-day grain fed fillet. Be aware that in fine dining restaurants, steaks are often served without accompaniments (except condiments) so you have to order sides in addition. I chose chimichurri sauce and bearnaise sauce (not because they go together but because I couldn't resist either one!)
Glorious Black Angus steak at ARIA
Side dishes We also ordered a few sides; amazing hand-cut chips, steamed broccolini with toasted almonds and incredible truffle mash.
Delicious steamed broccolini and truffle mash
There's no sense going for a 5-star dining experience if you skip dessert!! Hang the expense and dig in!
Hazelnut, caramel and pop corn ganache with hazelnut ice cream
D É L I C E of valrohna chocolate with puffed rice, coconut meringue and milk sorbet
Everything at ARIA Brisbane is exquisite. From the decor to the polished service, the crockery, the cutlery, the sparkling glassware ... you truly feel special.
Best to arrive by cab as parking in the complex is incredibly expensive and you'll want to enjoy wine with your meal anyway.
Choose ARIA Brisbane for a special night out with someone you love or for a corporate lunch or a treat for you and good friends. Visit the website for loads of drool-worthy photographs and menus.