I live on Brisbane's Southside and I seek to learn and inform in all aspects of life.
Published July 13th 2011
If you find yourself in the suburb of Camp Hill on Brisbane's Southside, I highly recommend sampling the culinary talents of Peter Stubbs, owner/chef of Cinco Bistro.
The name Cinco, literally "Five" in Spanish, was chosen by Stubbs to represent the five elements of Chinese Astrology: Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water- crucial to the principles of Feng Shui, and essential components of cooking.
Located on Old Cleveland Road, it's not hard to find, although at a glance from the exterior one would be forgiven for the assumption that gourmet is not the word of choice here. How woefully wrong first assumptions can be, as I was pleasantly surprised and in fact quite taken aback by the sheer quality of the food on offer- this is not your typical suburban restaurant.
Whatever notions I held of this being a mediocre venue were in fact quelled upon first being seated in the restaurant. A warm inviting interior design, coupled with friendly and efficient floor staff provide a homely and comfortable environment for the diner.
Warm, homely and modern interior
The menu, though constantly evolving, is a wonderfully crafted mix of typical European style, with a refreshingly modern twist, complimented by a rather extensive wine list. The prices are reflective of the quality, and as such are in no way over the top. The Crispy Duck Confit and Barramundi fillet (both main dishes sampled at my table) were each exquisitely presented and cooked to perfection.
With Stubbs going to great lengths to incorporate the freshest of local ingredients on offer- even to the extent of growing his own vegetables in his backyard (which conveniently backs onto the restaurant), I anticipate many return visits to sample what new and exciting dishes the local connoisseur has to offer.