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Published May 17th 2012
Roast with the most
Malt is spread over three floors, with a cellar in the basement, a bar at street level and restaurant upstairs, the slick website presentation certainly promises to deliver.
We visited Malt on a Wednesday evening for dinner and although it wasn't busy, I was glad I'd booked as we were shown to our lovely table by the window.
The mood was cosy, relaxed and quiet with the tinkering of ivories coming from the grand piano in the corner being played throughout the night.
The building, situated on Market Street, was the first municipal market in Brisbane in the 1860s and the interior of Malt is sympathetic to the history of the place. The exposed brickwork and original wood features are set against modern high quality finishes and conversation starting art work hanging from the antiquated walls.
The menu is not overly pretentious as some higher priced restaurants in Brisbane often are.
The wine list is extensive, and the only thing bigger than the list is the glass in which the wine is served. The service throughout our meal was friendly and attentive without being at all intrusive, happily answering all our questions about the food.
We ate; Mains: Roast Wagyu Sirloin ($44), Duck Breast ($38), Creamed Potato ($8), Vegetables ($8) Wine: Te Awa Merlot Malbec ($49) Dessert: Fine Apple Tart ($15)
Quacking good duck
We were totally blown away with the food at Malt. The presentation is fantastic, the quality of the ingredients stands out a mile and the portions are huge. The sides could have easily fed four as the main meals came with their own accompaniments. All the desserts sound fabulous and we were only disappointed that we couldn't manage one each - we had to share.
We don't always come away from restaurants feeling quite as satisfied as we did from Malt. The quality of the ingredients and the size of the portions set Malt a step above it's toffee nosed rivals.