I was looking for a restaurant in Brisbane which offered more than steak and chicken parmigiana but, equally, I didn't want overpriced, over fussed food. I stumbled across the O-Bar's menu on the internet and decided to give it a go for a special family dinner.
We weren't disappointed. The restaurant is small, intimate and quiet with interesting decor and a warm, but sophisticated atmosphere. Service was friendly and efficient.
Conveniently, there's a car park directly opposite and the lift brings you up just across the street from the O-Bar.
The menu is relatively small but well planned. I had Moreton Bay Bugs on hand-made pasta and it was superb. My mother and cousin also enjoyed their meals (chicken and pork) enormously.
But it was the desserts that really blew us away. I had the chocolate fondant ( Chocolate Bleeding Heart Pudding on the menu) which was perfectly cooked and served with a nut brown butter and sea salt ice cream. The salted ice cream was but strangely good. My cousin had Sticky Date Pudding and my mother had an Apple and Raspberry Crumble.
My only quibble - and it is incredibly small - is that the sourdough bread with truffle butter we ordered as a starter was barely acceptable. The sourdough wasn't great and didn't taste authentic and there was barely a hint of truffle in the butter.
Two courses each, plus bread and a couple of rounds of drinks came to just under $180 for three - not bad for a special night out with the family.
I'd definitely recommend the O-Bar and hope to dine there again soon.