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Published June 11th 2012
City Rowers might ring a bell to a few 'oldies' (myself included); it was a place to let your hair down after a long week at work with its only obvious competition being Fridays Nightclub. Flash forward to 2012 and City Rowers is no longer, and has been replaced by the trendy Jade Buddha. With 180 degree views of our famous Brisbane River Jade Buddha offers its patrons one of the finest dining experiences along the popular Eagle Street Pier district.
I have had a wander through all rooms with my personal favourite being the Shadow Lounge and Shadow Lounge Deck, purely for the location and the visual views of the Storey Bridge and city.
The function menu along with the A La Carte menu provides a fusion between east and west. If you are hosting an event here you have the choice between the premium menu with tantalizing options such as Peking duck pancakes and Spicy meat koftas; and the super premium menu with Fresh tiger prawns and Pork dumplings to choose from, amongst many other suggestions (dietary requirements also catered for).
I recently had my 10 year high school reunion at this venue and though sceptical to begin with, the venue did impress me with the helpful staff and quality finger food. They even assisted in going that extra mile with cupcakes created in our school colours. The location provided past students who attended from interstate the opportunity to bask in nostalgic views of the river beside which we once schooled (Lourdes Hill College in Hawthorne). The music was quite muffled amongst the array of catch up chat between old friends so unfortunately I cannot comment on this aspect. I would overall recommend Jade Buddha for hosting an event, however suggest it more for large number functions such as a Christmas Party or New Year's Party – Especially NY's as it is a prime location for fireworks.