Working in the travel industry & having shared some of my overseas adventures in the blogging world, I look forward to also sharing my experiences of what Brisbane & it's surrounds have to offer.
Published June 2nd 2013
Avoid the awkwardness of bill-splitting at this great venue
When going out with larger groups of friends and colleagues for a meal and drinks, it can sometimes get a little awkward at the end of the meal come "bill time". Who ordered what, do we split the bill evenly, people who have "forgotten" that they ordered particular items etc. and unfortunately these days many restaurants fail to offer the service of "bill splitting" with the excuse that it is too time consuming and difficult. I've found a great place where this end of meal hassle can be avoided.
The Riverbar and Kitchen is relatively new on the Brisbane restaurant scene, having opened late 2012. However, with a great riverside location and a well priced menu to suit a variety of tastes, it's been very quick to build up a keen following of customers.
What I really like about this venue is its relaxed and easy-going vibe, without any compromise on the quality of the food or service. The bright and tasteful décor brings about a relaxed seaside feel and being able to just go to the bar to order and pay for your food and drinks at your leisure takes away the pressure of having waiters hovering around a table waiting for you to make up your mind on what to order – whether it just be a few drinks with some bar snacks, or a larger meal.
Relaxing Seaside Decor (photo courtesy of Riverbar & Kitchen website)
Although the Riverbar and Kitchen has a "no booking" policy, on the Sunday afternoon we went we found it quite easy to get a comfortable booth inside at lunchtime, and there were still a few long tables for groups available (however I must mention I've turned up a little later on previous visits and we've had to share a table with another party, so you need to take your chances).
As we couldn't make up our mind on what to eat, we ordered some bar snacks and a pizza to share between the three of us. The salami and capsicum pizza had a light, crispy base and tasty toppings, and the prawn popcorn was encased in a light, crispy batter accompanied by a jalapeno mayo with just a nice little bite to it. The crispy fried chicken consisted of a serve of chicken wings and the coating lived up to its name of being crispy and tasty with a delicious harissa mayo served on the side. The chicken was a little greasy for my liking (just my personal taste) but the guys thought it was great.
After a while, we decided on round two and settled on the potted king salmon with crisp bread and the Ploughman's platter. It was all served up beautifully (I loved the individual pots for the pickles and the salmon) and tasted delicious.
We saw some of the main meals going by for other tables, and they looked like good sized serves, however my other half and I do enjoy tasting a variety of smaller dishes so you have the option of both.
Casual and relaxed riverside dining with fantastic views, tasty food and great service – give this venue a try.