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“Fun food! Not brilliant wine list...”
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Ranked #239 of 4,325 Restaurants in Brisbane
Cuisines: Australian
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Australia
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19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Fun food! Not brilliant wine list...”
Reviewed May 15, 2013

The creativity of the food at Esquire is just brilliant! Highly recomment for anyone looking for a fun, exquisite dinner out. Such a shame the wine list lets it down- very limited, bog-standard range on offer which was dissapointing considering how good the food was. There is a BYO option for for $65 corkage per bottle, so obviously they don't want you to bring your own wine. Which is fine- just provide a better range yourselves guys to do your food justice!

  • Visited March 2013
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English first
Brisbane, Australia
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14 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“amazing degustation”
Reviewed May 9, 2013

Had a wonderful long lunch which included the 7 course degustion. Service was attentive but not intrusive, food allergies were no problem with variations on the menu. Every couse was a delight of flavors and textures. The tasting portions a perfect size to delight the taste buds. Will certainly be back to try the next menu.

  • Visited May 2013
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1 Thank ChampagnePair
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Brisbane, Australia
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30 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“What an amazing and wonderful experience”
Reviewed May 3, 2013

My friend and I saved our pennies to treat ourselves at Esquire. The setting is wonderful and the staff are experienced and very personable, and at every stage you are made to feel welcome, which is an experience itself these days when you eat out.
We opted for the smaller degustation menu and were impressed at every stage of our meal. As other reviewers have said, the chef does indeed play with wonderful flavours, mixing textures and playing tricks on your senses.
The big thing that has to be said is that there on every plate there a few flavour but each one is packed with a punch and you can appreciate each one.
The favourites for me of the evening would have been the air dried beef and kim chi, spanner crab, and trout.
The wine list is extensive and although we did not select the matching wine option were advised on which wines to try to compliment the meal at several stages.
Highly recommend it!!

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank JazzyRabbit
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Brisbane, Australia
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24 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Exceptional Dining Experience”
Reviewed May 2, 2013

As soon as you walk in you know you are up for a superior dining experience. The restaurant's design is stunning, the service is superb and the menu was thought provoking and tantalising. Opting for the 14 course degustation, we had previously decided not to take the wine package as my partner does not drink whites, but the extremely professional Sommelier was up for the challenge and offered to re-work the package to match both the meals and my partner's palate.
Truly one of the best restaurant experiences we have had in Brisbane, maybe even the Country!

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank Jane S
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Ascot, United Kingdom
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“Degustation - an acquired taste?”
Reviewed May 2, 2013

We had our wedding anniversary meal here and opted for the 14 course degustation with a nice Aussie red. The service from the staff was first class and I really wanted to enjoy everything we ate. However I found the 14 courses a little hit and miss. Some were excellent but others were just OK. Now I know portions can be small but I always find it odd to serve some of these in the largest dishes or bowls you can buy. At times you were almost trying to fish the food out from the bottom of the bowl. At $140 per person it isn't cheap either and that's before wine. At the end they made a mistake by listing the wrong Aussie red on the bill - an honest mistake perhaps but why is it always a dearer bottle they list. They apologised and swiftly gave me the correct bill but again it just added to the sense the place didn't quite meet expectations.

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank Bullfinch6
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