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Published December 6th 2014
Excellent food in a wonderfully different location
We don't head over the north side of Brisbane all that often, but last night we discovered a restaurant that was definitely worth the drive. Trendy Bar Alto at the Brisbane Powerhouse succeeded in delivering what I can honestly say was one of the tastiest meals I've ever eaten.
Bar Alto's modern Italian cuisine seems to match in perfectly with the chic industrial fit out of the Powerhouse. In between the bars, the restaurants, the shows and the world food market that was on the place was packed. We were a largish table of eight on a very busy night but nothing seemed to phase what appeared to be an incredibly well oiled staff body.
If I were ordering on my own I would have been inclined to order one of the hand made pasta dishes such as the ravioli filled with roasted duck, served with semi dried stone fruits, almonds which one of our fellow diners chose. She loved it and, having been there a few times before said that all of their pasta dishes are always well cooked and full flavoured. The other meals sampled at the table included a half kilo of mussels, grilled fish of the day and a pan roasted half chicken.
My partner and I ended up sharing the pork spare ribs roasted in agrodolce sauce, served with endive and apple slaw and hand cut chips. Pork ribs are not usually the sort of thing that I would order out but I have to say I'm glad that the meat eating male talked me into it because they were delicious. The ribs were meaty and tender, absolutely falling off the bone and the agrodolce sauce was the perfect balance of sweet and sour.
The only disappointing elements of any of the meals were the salads. Our slaw was a little dry and uninteresting and the ladies who ordered the spring green salad were very underwhelmed. On the drinks front however, the range is extensive, both in wines and spirits, so I think even the most discerning drinker would find something in the midst. Another huge plus for the restaurant is the price. Whilst it by no means would fall into the category of cheap eats, for the quality and quantity provided I found it to be excellent value for money. There is also a slightly less pricey bar menu if you are just hunting for a snack
I would also by no means recommend Bar Alto for any intimate catch ups. The open plan design of the restaurant means that on a busy evening the restaurant is definitely loud, so if you're wanting to talk it probably isn't the choice for you. A respite to this however is the lovely outdoor deck area. Overlooking the Brisbane river, it is the perfect place to sit back and enjoy a pre or post dinner drink. Bar Alto is definitely worth a stop in if you're looking for something delicious in fashionable New Farm.