Riverbar and Kitchen is the brainchild of Australia's chef extraordinaires Peter Sullivan and Matt Moran. Situated right on the Brisbane River, on the popular Eagle Street Pier you will find this adorable venue, it is honestly a breath of fresh air for the dining strip and a one-of-a-kind waterfront destination.
With spectacular views of the water and the Storey Bridge and teamed with a bevy of delicious food and an extensive array of drinks (the best part), Riverbar and Kitchen is ideal for any time of the day.
Perfect for the corporate crowd who can engage in many breakfast meetings right through to afternoon drinks and then dinner, this Brisbane favourite offers plenty of outdoor seating, expertly-crafted cocktails and the unique opportunity to sit by the water and relax with friends.
I have had the pleasure of heading to this venue on a few occasions, whilst in Australia and I have been pleasantly surprised. The atmosphere is refreshingly casual, which is hard for a venue that competes with the big fine-dining dogs such as Jellyfish and Sake. However, considering the regular clientele and the constant buzz of the venue it is easy to see that it is just what the pier has needed.
On my visits I can safely say I have eaten some of the most delicious 'bar food' if you will this side of the river. The menu options are lightly segregated between bar food (available until 11pm) and a selection of delectable mains, salads and wood fired pizzas. A winner for the masses if ever there was one.
First off for grazing were the Fried calamari, lime, mint, espelette pepper. This came out perfectly golden with a nice salty crunch and dipping sauce of a lime nature. The portion was ample too and allowed each of our party of three to experience the dish.
Salt & Pepper Calamari @ Riverbar and Kitchen (photo instagram @neelsmcgee)
Next was the item that sounded too good to be true, Mushroom arancini, aioli, thyme. These were decent size aranchini's that were perfectly cooked with a crunchy exterior and a nice risotto-esk filling. Another win here for Riverbar & Kitchen (pictured at top).
When it comes to an afternoon drinks session that cuts into a late brunch, then it is inevitable to have some form of meat on the cards. For our crew it came in the form of the Spicy lamb quesadilla w avocado and sour cream. These were to die for. The flatbread triangles were piping hot (have patience if you still want your tongue) and packed full of flavour. Hints of chilli, lime and turmeric appeared present in these little babies. Another good sized portion at a reasonable price.
Spicy Lamb Quesadilla w Avocado and Sour Cream @ Riverbar and Kitchen (photo instagram @neelsmcgee)
Not much to say about the next item, I mean Potato wedges with sweet chilli and sour cream you can't really go wrong here, only if the wedges taste like they have been sitting in a freezer for 5 months and were really soggy....neither of which was the case with the ones we ordered. Fresh, crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. If this was pasta it would be classed as al dente.
The last on the menu were the wings, these were Crispy smoked chicken wings, chipotle mayonnaise. These delivered in all aspects of their description. The chipotle mayo was the perfect condiment to the smokey and crispy wings. Another good portion size.
Potato Wedges w Sweet Chilli and Sour Cream @ RIverbar and Kitchen (photo instagram @neelsmcgee)
When it comes to cocktails, Riverbar and Kitchen provide a short but discerning list, along with a variety of jugs (think pimms, sangria and the general essence of summer in a jug). Overall this venue is definitely a must-see, stop-by location if you work in the city. I have yet to try the breakfast or any mains, but going off the food I have currently munched from the bar menu, I can only imagine the best. My mouth is already salivating at the thought. Until next time.