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Java Queen Restaurant

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by The Unreliable Narrator (subscribe)
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Published July 20th 2011
It's not often that I'll go to the same restaurant two weekends in a row but I made an exception with Java Queen Restaurant, an eclectic fusion of Asian, Spanish and Italian cuisine by Chef Dimitri Reid.

As a rule, I stay away from cafe-style Asian restaurants finding their food overpriced without any additional qualities over the 'quick, dirty and cheap' Asian food I would expect from Chinatown or Sunnybank.

With this pre-conception in mind, my choice of the beef rendang may seem like I was setting myself up for disappointment. It did disappoint but a quick glance at my friend's plate a succulent pork belly with crispy golden skin and a side of grilled scallops convinced me that I was merely unlucky in my choice. This was confirmed by the arrival of dessert a coconut sago pudding topped with a fashionable quenelle of ice-cream and scattered with mango pieces.
Sago Dessert at Java Queen
Sago Dessert

As we were paying our very reasonably priced bill, my friend struck up conversation with the chef Dimitri. As I half-listened to the inspiration behind his interesting menu choices, it dawned on me that Brisbanites have a revived interest in good food and fine dining. What should surely follow are more little gems like Java Queen in Highgate Hill. It seemed a small price to pay for the rise of the ignominious celebrity chefs.

I was so impressed with the dining experience that I promptly made a second booking, this time with my husband for a Friday night wine and dine session serenaded by a flamenco guitarist. On this occasion, my choice of fettucine with scallops and bacon tossed in a creamy sauce was perfect.

Despite my raving recommendations, my husband refused to try the sago pudding, describing it as lumpy and diluted. It is possible that I do have an Asian predilection towards soupy desserts. Perhaps any food recommendations I make should be taken with a grain of salt as I also enjoy chowing down on chicken feet, pigs blood, giblets and tripe.

With that warning in mind, Java Queen gets a five out of five from me for its food quality and value although the service on the Friday night was on the slow side.

Pork Belly
Pork Belly at Java Queen
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Why? Exceptional food at a reasonable price
When: Tuesday to Sunday nights from 5:30pm onwards (Flamenco musician only plays on the Friday night)
Website: No website
Where: 17 Gladstone Rd, South Brisbane 4101. Easy parking on adjoining side street
Cost: Between $15 -30 for main course
Marianna, you are right. This is a fantastic restuarant, with a great menu at reasonable prices. I have only been there once and i was unaware of the Flamenco musician, i think this would ad well to the ambiance of this restuarant. I feel now the urge to make my booking for this Friday night. Thanks for the great review and reminder that we do have a great variety of cuisines within this great city of ours. Cheeres and Bon Apitite.
By Dan Berryman - senior reviewer
Tuesday, 27th of September @ 11:35 pm
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