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Published January 13th 2015
Michelin-Star Italian Cuisine comes to Brisbane
Midnight Blue is a one of the most recent additions to the Brisbane's dining scene. The Springwood restaurant boasts a array of Italian dishes: pizzas, pastas and risottos with a twist of French culinary flair.
The menu offers exciting variations of many traditional Mediterranean dishes you know and love such as nutmeg infused bolognese, and breaded pork escalope parmigiana. They also offer a multitude of more exotic and uncommon French-Italian palatable delights.
Braised goat tenderloins in a mushroom Marsala glaze, served with baby vegetables
Braised goat tenderloins in a mushroom Marsala glaze, served with baby vegetables is a dish that stood out to me, being of somewhat unusual fare; as did the Coquilles St Jacques, mouthwateringly described as pan fried scallops on a nest of leek angel hair with lemon zest and red peppercorns brandy flambe.
The kitchen is headed by Italian two-Michelin star chef, Maria Mura who was happy to personally answer the many questions we had about her menu options and unusual ingredients. Her passion and talent in the kitchen fostered through years of working throughout Europe and around the world are what make an evening at Midnight Blue a truly enamoring experience.
Our waitress was only on her second shift at the new restaurant but was extremely friendly and a pleasure to have serve us. I hope the stress of waiting at such a busy restaurant once word of how incredible the food at Midnight Blue is gets out doesn't destroy her friendly spirit and vibrant demeanor.
Penne all'Arrabbiata made with red chilli, garlic and olive oil
The restaurant is tucked away in a complex on the service road that runs along the motorway at 3442 Pacific Highway, Springwood. From the outside the building looks fairly inconspicuous, sitting above a Blockbuster Video (yes, they still exist!) in what one could easily assume is just a typical commercial office.
The interior décor is a little drab, and when we arrived the blinds were all pulled down to shut out the late afternoon sunlight. This blocked the view and killed some of the ambience. This fact however was easily overshadowed by the amazing standard of food and the friendly, welcoming disposition of the owner and the staff.
If you're interested in a genuine fine dining experience that's all about the food, head down to Springwood for some epic Italian food that won't break the bank.