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River Cafe - Gallery of Modern Art

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Published October 13th 2011
There aren't many dining spots in Brisbane boasting a better location than the River Cafe at the Gallery of Modern Art. Nestled between the trees and the gallery, with the Brisbane River literally a stone's throw away, this casual cafe is a quiet and secluded place to eat.

image courtesy of the GoMA website


The River Cafe offers a fairly limited but satisfying menu featuring salads, seafood, fancy meat pies and much more. The food is presented in what reminds me of an upmarket RSL, with customers taking a tray and sliding along, picking from the display and informing the staff behind the counter what they would like. Most of the meals come with a choice between salad and vegetables, as well as chips, and are absolutely huge.

I had a pumpkin salad which was delicious, although I ordered the large and as mentioned previously, it was absolutely enormous and though I tried, I just couldn't fit it all in. The smaller size is probably the best option for the average diner. I was there with several family members, most of whom went with one of the variety of meat pies on offer. Apparently they were very tasty, but my 15 year old cousin complained about the fact that they obviously had real meat in them. So steer clear of those if you're not a fan of, you know, real food.

I wouldn't describe the food as the best I've ever tasted, but it was certainly satisfying and the location, location, location is very hard to beat. We made a day of it with gallery visits in the morning and then a stroll along the river after lunch. A perfect activity to fill a Saturday.
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Why? For one of the best waterfront dining locations in Brisbane
When: Open Monday to Friday 10am-4pm, Saturday and Sunday 9am-4pm
Where: On the bank of the river on the Park level of GoMA. Gallery of Modern Art, Stanley Place, South Bank, Qld.
Cost: Moderate
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