Subscribe      List an Event or Business      Invite a Writer      Write for WN      Writers      Other Locations
list an event      1 million Australian readers every month      facebook

Tumbling Stone Restaurant & Bar

Home > Brisbane > Breakfast | Dinner | Food and Wine | Hotels | Lunch
by Damsel Martin (subscribe)
I'm a freelance writer, blogger and animal wrangler living in Brisbane's western suburbs. Many of my stories offer great giveaways to readers - subscribe to hear about them first.
Published January 25th 2017
Spring Hill sanctuary seduces with all day grazing plates
tumbling stone spring hill michael johnson art series hotel cafe restaurant
House made ricotta dumplings, wild mushroom ragout, charred broccolini, rocket and parmesan salad. Author image.

Set on the fringes of the city, the suburb of Spring Hill is an odd collection of wealthy private schools, budget boarding houses, heritage-listed properties, contemporary townhouses, hospitals, pools, parks and drab government office buildings. After extensive refurbishments, one of those drab government office buildings (the former Main Roads Department premises) reopened last year as a luxury boutique hotel, The Johnson.

tumbling stone spring hill michael johnson art series hotel cafe restaurant
Bangalow pork and fennel meat balls, napolitana, parmesan, grilled ciabatta. Author image.

Part of the Art Series group, which draws its inspiration from renowned Australian artists including Adam Cullen and John Olsen, The Johnson celebrates the work of abstract artist Michael Johnson. The hotel's adjoining Tumbling Stone restaurant pays further homage to his Tumbling Stone oil on linen painting, with a print of this namesake taking pride of place on the far wall of the bar and lounge area.

tumbling stone spring hill michael johnson art series hotel cafe restaurant
Tumbling Stone's modern exterior. Author image.

Hotel restaurants can be hit and miss, but Tumbling Stone is right on target, with a space, style and identity all its own. From the outside, it resembles a giant shipping container. Once inside, though, this airy 160-seater is a combination of dark wood and lush greenery. There is a range of seating to suit all preferences, from intimate booths to open tables, and a banging menu that runs from breakfast through to dinner.

tumbling stone spring hill michael johnson art series hotel cafe restaurant
A spot to wine, dine and contemplate. Author image.

For lunch, I ordered house made ricotta dumplings, served with wild mushroom ragout and charred broccolini, all tangled in a rocket and parmesan salad. It was delicious, with the abundance of greenery allowing me to feel both nourished and virtuous. My companion chose the Bangalow pork and fennel meat balls, with napolitana sauce, parmesan and ciabatta that had seen the side of the grill a few seconds too long. Other lunch and dinner options include Cape Grim sirloin, rosemary crusted lamb rump, and pan roasted barramundi. There is a good selection of vegetarian and gluten-free options, and a wine and beer selection to suit all tastes.

tumbling stone spring hill michael johnson art series hotel cafe restaurant
Crème brulee, poached rhubarb, ginger snap biscuit. Author image.

Desserts are pretty as a picture, lovingly crafted, sensibly sized and scattered with edible flowers. I chose the creme brulee, which had a perfectly crisp sugary crust, with a moreish layer of custard beneath. Poached rhubarb and house made ginger snaps complemented the sweetness of this dish. Meanwhile, my companion enjoyed the luscious cheesecake, with a chocolate biscuit base, and pistachio praline.

tumbling stone spring hill michael johnson art series hotel cafe restaurant
White chocolate cheese cake, blood peach granita, pistachio praline. Author image.

One day I'll get up early enough to enjoy breakfast here. Just think of it: sour cherry French toast, served with berry compote, whipped coconut cream, and toasted pistachios; or grilled haloumi with beetroot hummus, caramelised broccoli mole, poached eggs, quinoa and soya bean toast; or gruyere cheese and wild mushroom tart, with chorizo, sautéed spinach, and poached eggs. With a strong coffee, or one of the rich hot chocolates here, there's no better way to start the day.

tumbling stone spring hill michael johnson art series hotel cafe restaurant
Hot chocolate. Author image.

Help us improve  Click here if you liked this article  48
Share: email  facebook  twitter
Why? Discover an oasis on the edge of the city
When: Open daily 7am ’til late
Phone: (07) 3085 7474
Where: 477 Boundary Street, Spring Hill QLD 4000
Cost: Small plates from $8; large plates from $18
Your Comment
And such great photos, Damsel.
by gretc (score: 1|22) 870 days ago
Featured
Foodi Photoh Classie
Top Events
Popular Articles
Categories
Lists
Questions