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“Stands apart from all of the 'clone' Italian restaurants” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Cloudland

Cloudland
641 Ann Street | Fortitude Valley, Brisbane, Queensland 4006, Australia
0738726600
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Ranked #286 of 3,101 Restaurants in Brisbane
Cuisines: Italian, Australian
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Manchester, United Kingdom
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“Stands apart from all of the 'clone' Italian restaurants”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2013

First off, Cloudland is gorgeous. It's opulent without being tacky and a joy to look at while you're eating - there are hidden gems in the decor everywhere. 

We were a little worried that this would be a 'clone' Italian with the same menu as everywhere else - as many Italian restaurants have a problem with. Cloudland is happily not like this - it's more tapas style, and they actively discourage ordering as 'starter' and 'main', encouraging sharing. This is great if you like variety with your food. Between the two of us, we ordered:

Calamari with chilli and lemon aioli
Crab gnocchi
Mushroom risotto
Roosciutto - i.e. kangaroo prosciutto
Slow-roasted beef cheek in red wine
Rucola salad

We're both hungry men - but maybe could have dropped one of these, very full by the end of it. The food was all great though. Even food like the calamari - available at Italian restaurants everywhere - was a little different, complete with some tempura tentacle pieces and small pieces of fresh chilli. The mushroom risotto too was a simple dish done well, and much better than in many other venues. The kangaroo prosciutto was nice though potentially a gimmick. 

Service was alright. It took a little while for the drinks to first arrive, but once the dishes started coming, they kept coming - we generally had 3 on the table at once and finished each before moving onto the next, so it was a good pace. 

If you are going to eat at an Italian while in Brisbane, I'd recommend this one, as it feels a cut above your standard trattoria. 

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Brisbane, Australia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Birthday drinks”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013

Here for a 50th Birthday - my third visit in 2 months after visiting for a premium melbourne cup lunch and a school function. all three were different functions but all were a success in different ways. would recommend the venue

  • Visited November 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Townsville, Australia
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“FOOD AND VENUE WAS AMAZING !!! But the noise :(”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2013

The food and the venue itself is just amazing !!!!! The only let down was the noise - you could hardly hear the person next to you talk!! It was so loud and we went at a time that was quiet early ie 7pm. You can go to get excell food and awesome venue but you cannot have a conversation.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Salzburg, Austria
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Outstanding venue”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

Great located restaurant that turns into a bar/club at night. Very reasonable prices and great offers such as salsa night. Just a must-do in Brisbane because it simply is an outstanding venue with an incredible atmosphere and an amazing interior.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Maroochydore, Australia
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“A must do”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

Cloudland is a must. Dinner here is an experience, not just a meal.

The decor was stunning, the food was delicious, the service was great and the atmosphere was really good.

I see in some other reviews people saying it was expensive but I found the food quite reasonably priced. Cheaper than the restaurants where I'm from anyway. The dining style was quite unique having a more open and sharing serving style. It's not what I'm used to while dining restaurants but I found it worked quite well.

All in all, it was a beautiful meal in a beautiful restaurant. I wish there were more places like Cloudland.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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