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“Very Dissapointed” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Aria Brisbane

Aria Brisbane
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Ranked #11 of 4,262 Restaurants in Brisbane
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Australian
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Good for: Romantic, Scenic view, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special occasions, Large groups
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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
Brisbane, Australia
2 reviews
“Very Dissapointed”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2013

I made a lunch time booking for 10 people about 2 weeks prior to the date. I received a text a couple of days before the booking asking me to confirm the booking by text or ring if I wanted to cancel. I confirmed the booking by text the day before. It annoyed me therefore that we were kept waiting in the side bar for almost one hour whilst they "prepared the table". Presumably, this was to pick up extra income in pre-lunch drinks orders. The restaurant was half empty yet still the table prepared was at the back of the restaurant near the kitchen door. Guests ordered their meal and their own side dishes, but the waiter doubled the side order dishes and spread them across the table for all to share when the majority on the table didn,t want the additional sides. Lunches arrived at different times. Though beautifully presented, my own meal was cold. Our waiter was friendly and the petit fours served with coffee were delightful, but overall the experience was less than average and fell well short of expectations. Here are 10 guests (and friends) who dine out regularly that won,t be booking Aria again.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Sydney, Australia
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57 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Amazing food you don't mind paying for”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2013

There are some restaurants that when you get the bill you wonder what you paid for. Not Aria. You do have the usual minimalist approach to fine dining pursued here too but the richness and quality of the food ensure only the taste is rembered.

My menu for the night twice cooked sweet pork belly with green tomato, jalapeño and celery salad followed by Cedar wrapped Bass Grouper fillet with prawns, daikon and a bourbon and mustard glaze with Steamed broccolini with almonds and Truffle mash completed with a Black Forest chocolate délice with mascarpone sorbet, cherries and chocolate jelly accompanied by a few glasses of 2006 Giaconda Shiraz from the Warner Vineyard Beechworth.

Amazing.....

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Probal
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London, United Kingdom
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112 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“Great food, position and service”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 23, 2013

Expensive but worth it. Apart from the metal structure outside partly spoiling the view pretty much perfect. Beautifully cooked food. Interesting combinations. Lovely amuse bouche. Extensive wine list but it would have been good to have more choice at the lower end of the scale from a European shocked at the local wine prices! Very professionally but not standoffish staff. Look forward to seeing if the one in Sydney is as good!

  • Visited June 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Cantwaitforspring
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Toowoomba, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Love love love this place....”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 21, 2013

My husband and I tried the winter tasting menu with wines. I really believe you have to have the wines as well as it adds to the whole experience (and it adds something a little special when it comes to the flavour of each dish). The service was impeccable and couldn't be faulted, the view was superb and the food was seriously delicious. Who knew you could do "that" with brussel sprouts so much so that my husband is still raving about the salad.

Visited June 2013
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London
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Outstanding but....”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 9, 2013 via mobile

Top quality food, well presented with generally efficient service - at the top end of the price spectrum. The staff seemed slightly embarrassed I was dining alone though I suppose not many do so shouldn't be a downside for the vast majority. It took a while for the food menu to arrive and the broccoli was forgotten with the main so not quite perfect on the service but the food was cooked to perfection. Then again it needs to be at $120 AUD for 2 courses and a single glass of wine. But I'm a visitor and maybe out of touch with the going rates (and the pound dollar exchange rate doesn't do me any favours)

Visited June 2013
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