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“Where Great Service and Great Food Come To Life” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Aria Brisbane

Aria Brisbane
1 Eagle Street | Eagle Street Pier, Brisbane, Queensland 4000, Australia
+61 7 3233 2555
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Ranked #19 of 2,980 Restaurants in Brisbane
Cuisines: Australian
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Good for: Local cuisine, Doing business, Romantic, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Description: ARIA Brisbane, located on the Eagle Street Pier, provides the quintessential Brisbane dining experience, with striking views from the restaurant of the Brisbane River. Owned by chef Matt Moran and restaurateur, Peter Sullivan, ARIA boasts a well-balanced seasonal menu, featuring local and Australian produce and an award winning wine list, served in an elegant dining room with stunning views. "If it's fine dining you seek, in a split-level expanse of understated elegance that affords sweeping city views, this sibling to Matt Moran's southern star ticks the boxes. Add a stellar cellar selection, with a thoughtful nod to Queensland wineries, plus accomplished service and you've hit the right notes, particularly for corporates and lovers of occasion. There's obvious skill, attention to detail and quality produce on show from opening chords to final flourish. Succulent pork belly has perfect golden crackling, while plump duck dumplings, abalone and mushrooms swim in a Peking duck consomme. Kingfish baked in cedar bark has its wrapping set alight en route to the table, adding a welcome smokiness. Creamy custard tart alongside figs, apple slices and candied walnuts has real retro charm. A sweet farewell gift box of miniature macarons rounds out a night to remember." Gourmet Traveller Australia
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“Where Great Service and Great Food Come To Life”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2013

When I was making a list of restaurants to try out in Brisbane while on a vacation, Aria was one that stayed on the list no matter how many times I've tweaked my list. I made an online reservation and went for lunch on a rainy Friday with my Aussie company.

** The server **

Our server for that afternoon was Ben, who was absolutely pleasant, courteous, helpful and attentive :) Having a great server like Ben sure made the dining experience all the better.

** Complimentary starters **

On the day of our dining, we were served a shot glass of spiced pumpkin soup and some bread (I picked the French baguette). The spiced pumpkin soup was nice but I think the spices kinda overpowered the pumpkin a little too much as the soup smelled very much like an Indian dhall curry. No worries though, it doesn't taste spicy if you're one who can't stomach spicy stuff. Bread was fresh so no complaints there.

** Entrees **

1) My choice: Consomme - Peking duck consomme with duck dumplings, shaved abalone and mushrooms. The consomme was light yet comforting for a rainy day in Brisbane and the duck dumplings were filled with sweet tasting filling. If you want to sneak something Asian into your Western meal at Aria or you want something to warm you up on a chilly day, you may want to consider the consomme.

2) My company's choice: Scallops - seared and served with crisp chicken, seaweed, apple and radish. The scallops came perfectly seared although a little cold by the time it was served probably because the plate was sitting there while the kitchen was preparing my consomme. I feel bad for my company. Haha.

** Mains **

1) My choice: Barramundi - roast fillet with crab, celeriac puree, cucumber and preserved lemon. I'm not a big fan of fish in general but given Aria's current main course offering, this was the only thing I'd eat. I pretty much fell in love with their barramundi when I tasted it. It was roasted to perfection, crisp on the outside yet soft and flaky on the inside. The fish they used was fresh and it wasn't fishy at all. And the celeriac puree? Creamy and I wanted more!

2) My company's choice: Pork - slow cooked neck and crisp tail with crushed parsnip, mushrooms and elk. I stole a bite of my company's pork neck and it was yum! Like my barramundi, it was really just cooked to perfection. The meat was flaky and just melted in my mouth. Can't comment about the crisp tail since I wasn't adventurous enough to taste any.

** Desserts **

1) My choice: Souffle - blackcurrant souffle with mandarin and sweet milk sorbet. My dessert was the perfect marriage between sweet and sour. The blackcurrant souffle had a moderate sweetness and was topped off with the sourness of the mandarin liquid (can't call it syrup since it wasn't sweet at all) and the sweet milk sorbet was the perfect sweetener to wash off the sourness.

2) My company's choice: Banana - banana and brown sugar parfait, banana sorbet with toasted marshmallow. The parfait and banana sorbet were nicely done, both weren't too sweet. My company loved everything on his dessert plate including the caramelized banana pieces, toasted marshmallow and crumbles.

** Complimentary petits fours **

To be honest, I have no idea what were the names of the petits fours because I was away from the table when they were served by Ben. LOL. The mini orange cubes were mandarin flavored and had mochi like texture. Then there were 2 little pieces of Hershey Kiss shaped chocolate something. I didn't like this one because it was too bitter so dark chocolate lovers might. Lastly there were 2 pieces of almond brittle/crisp, which was probably what I loved most from the wooden tray.

** Overall experience**

I loved it. My company loved it too. Service was great. All the food we had were cooked to perfection, nothing was undercooked nor overcooked. Ingredients used for the food were fresh. Great view of the river and Story Bridge if the view matters to you.

** Tips **

If an a la carte dinner at Aria is too expensive for you, go for their 2-course lunch priced at AUD56.00 per person OR 3-course lunch priced at AUD72.00 per person (Mondays to Fridays) if you still want the full dining experience. Lunch and dinner menus have the same items. By doing the 2-course or 3-course lunch, you're just paying for a fraction of what you'd pay for their 2-course or 3-course a la carte dinner :)

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
brisbane
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69 reviews 69 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
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“gorgeous”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013

i have had heard about this resturant from my friends,so i booked a table for my birthday,we had drinks before and the whole ambience of the place is fantastic,then we sat down ,i had the scotch fillet steak with a bearmise sauce medium rare with paris mash and truffle oil with a mixed leaf salad it just melted in my mouth,then i had panacotta with rhubarb crumble with raspberry sorbet it was like a artwork on a plate it was bloody gorgeous i wanted more,i will tell all my friends to go,i would go back again for lunch anyday

Visited July 2013
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“Disappointed”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

I had been looking forward to eating at Aria after numerous rave reviews, but was very disappointed by the food. I thought the decor was surprisingly staid but the view was fantastic. We had reasonable but not outstanding service; a long wait to be presented with the menus but adequate thereafter.
My partner and I had scallops which were cooked well but just not very exciting. I had beef cheeks as a main which were again cooked well but uninteresting, whilst my partner had steak which was dry and tough and he ended up leaving much of it. My partner skipped dessert whilst I had pannacotta which I can never resist. I wished I had as it was way too firm and tasteless (although looked great - beautiful presentation).
Luckily we were being treated; I'd have felt very resentful paying $300.00 for two for such an ordinary meal. I did like being presented with a little box of macarons on the way out, a nice touch.
I love food and I love eating out, but I won't be returning to Aria; there are lots of better restaurants in Brisbane.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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“Fabulous Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013

Came for dinner on the Eve of the Lions test, so there was quite a buzz in the air! Had a fabulous meal, which was genuinely tasty & imaginative. Great staff - knowledgeable & with that great Australian knack of putting everybody at ease & feeling valued. Highly recommended.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Pure Class!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2013

Wife and I lunched at Aria this week, this is my second and her fourth visit to this wonderful restaurant.

Views are better from some tables than others, and we were lucky yesterday to have been seated over on the left side, lower tier where the best views IMHO are found.

Food was just sublime, a lovely amuse bouche of pumpkin soup, then entrees of smoked ocean trout and pork belly were fabulous. Mains consisted of the king salmon fillet and lamb loin, my lamb was superb, and J's salmon just had the one blemish, a pea puree that was actually horrendous, but otherwise she loved everything else on the plate.
We shared one desert of deconstructed black forest gateaux which was yummy and cleverly presented so we both could share, and the cheese board after that was delicious.

Great wines by the glass choice and fantastic service ensured we had the most wonderful lunch.

Overall ............... In Brisbane, it doesn't get any better or more expensive, however you do get what you pay for here and it's worth it! Very Highly Recommended.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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