Let's be clear. Bean sprouts do NOT belong on a pizza.
Even if you are trying to be healthy. Or arty. Or you want to add texture. Bean sprouts belong in a salad, or better yet, in the ground.
So when we ordered the Thai Chicken pizza from the Brisbane Hotel we were a little stunned to see it covered in the crunchy yet tasteless little wormy sprouts. Why oh why? The pizza underneath was pretty good, but the beansprouts made it almost impossible to eat: they would fall off the pizza onto your pants; they would stick up your nose; they would drag all the toppings off and inexplicably wedge them in the corner of your mouth.
Other than that, The Brisbane is a pretty cool pub. Built in 1898 and renovated in 2004 after a long and undistinguished career as a local watering hole, it is now stylish with plenty of dark, intimate corners in the beer garden, chic and comfortable spaces inside and even an upstairs comedy club.
There is a large, shaded outdoor area, with a long fish pond running through the centre, enormous umbrellas, and a mix of seating from café-style table and chairs, dinky little velvet ottomans, and large cushioned covered banquettes, which at night, provide a few very private corners if that's your thing.
Empty due to bad weather, the Brisbane's beer garden is stylish and comfortable
There is a full menu for lunch and dinner seven days a week… except Sunday nights, when they offer only a limited pizza and snack menu from 4pm. They take reservations for lunch every day, but only from Monday to Thursday for dinner, meaning on a Friday or Saturday you might need to wait for a table, or resign yourself to a few drinks at the bar.
The beer garden is full of private corners with cushioned benches
The menu is divided into four sections: share, pizza, main and sweet. The share plates offer a much broader range of tastes than you would normally find in a pub such as pumpkin and feta arancini ($13.80), chicken liver parfait, fig chutney and baguette ($15.80), potato and mushroom croquettes with truffle aioli ($16.80) and homemade sausage rolls ($13.80). Yum.
There are four pizzas on the menu, and none of them mention bean shoots. These include the chorizo, olive and manchego (cheese made from sheep milk) for $22.80; a roasted butternut pumpkin, caramelised onion and goats curd pizza for $21.80 and the one we ordered: Thai chicken, roasted peppers, chilli and coriander for $22.80.
By the time we received the pizza it was quite cold, but the toppings hadn't solidified and were very fresh and tasty. The chilli was noticeable, the coriander less so. We enjoyed the extra freshness provided by mint leaves but as mentioned, were perplexed at the addition of bean shoots. The crust was thin, a little bit chewy and a little bit crunchy. It would have been even better if it was hot, but it *was* a wet, cold night.
The mains menu ranges from a $10.80 garden salad with Danish feta to a $32.80 grilled Tasmanian salmon with nicoise salad. In between you will find a steak sandwich with fried onion and fries ($24.80), an asparagus and pea risotto with pancetta and scallops ($28.80), and a quinoa, couscous, pinenut, currant and parsley salad ($11.80). Different tastes for different folks, and they all sound pretty tasty.
Ultimately though, the Brisbane is a pub. With eleven beers on tap and more than 20 in bottles there is plenty to choose from. You can get a Corona or Carlton (no VB here) but you can also get Matsos Ginger Beer ($11.50) or a Youngs Double Chocolate Stout ($18) if you prefer something a bit different.
Cocktails are $16.50 each and there are seven to choose from plus two 'share cocktails' at $34: Pimms Cup and Mai Tai.
The wine list is 'atypical' of a conventional pub with plenty available both by the glass and bottle. From regions such as France, Spain, New Zealand, the US and Italy as well as local drops, you will find something to suit your tastes and your pocket ($38 to $95).
The Brisbane may be named after a place in Queensland and styled after pubs in Melbourne, but it's all Perth and close to home.
Well i agree with the good ponts here, but man, we had a bad experience with a group of us who went to drink champagne and eat plenty. The Hilter style Maitre d'- ess...what dreadful PR. I will not go back unless forced thanks to her rude and uppety manner. Shame as it takes away from what coulod be a great spot. I look forward to Littel- Miss learning some manners and allowing us to spend our money freely . We are frequenting other establishments who offer us seating, are not sarcastic when serving.... dont preen and strut as it they have forgotten who pays the wages. ...thats right, the paying customer . Huge shame