We needed somewhere special for Karen's Birthday, we travelled from QLD to NZ in search of that place. We stayed just up the road from Hans Herzog's so reading the reviews and looking at their website we decided to book many weeks in advance. We understood that required notice if there was diners that required special foods etc, so I guess the reviewer Steven B never did his home work and set himself up for a fall.
One point I must stress when reading these reviews is this place has two distinct dining options, one being the Bistro and the other a more formal type of dining this review is of the latter.
I go will straight to the end our dining experience, on reflection we discussed each dish which was the 7 course Degustation set menu ( another point for Steven B why go to a place with a set menu without discussing well in advance your needs) without the wines as I was driving and instead we choose a bottle of their Sauvignon Blanc. Whilst reflecting we both agreed this was one of the best dining experiences we have had in our 50 years travelling the world, I commented most definitely in my top 5 .
To the courses ok you pay $155 for the Seven but add to this the " delicate appetisers " of which we had three and the coffee and sweets at the end you could say it was Eleven separate dishes!!
The pre dinner drink with Smoked Eel , King Prawn and a Steak Tartare was truly Devine and really set the scene for what was to come , it was nice to have this outside of the dining area and in a superb environment, with subdued lighting and a French based decor. As other guests arrived they received the same treatment and it was lovely to asked one couple at a time to move into the restaurant, in which the decor seamlessly transitioned into a beautiful setting for our special meal. Seated overlooking a small garden perfectly structured and manicured with the sunlight slowly fading ( near to 8 pm ) the scene was set, our first course was Tare-tare of Tuna with a pan fried piece and soft shell crab. 10 out of 10 see our pictures. Following this was Bluenose fish poached with a salty foam, again perfect, the fish was soft yet still held that firmness to the palette. Next was the first of the three meats Lamb followed by Duck and then the one I was really looking forward to the Venison, what I can say, nothing was over the top, each element had its place on that plate, we even compared the symmetry and accuracy of both our plates and they were exactly the same. So much attention to detail, so much love and passion in the plating, real masterpieces. Actually after these courses we were feeling pretty full and with Cheese and Chocolate to come we began to wonder if we could get through all of them, but luckily the cheese selection is top of the range and you only get a small amount of 5 which provided enough to taste them, on our final dish or though we thought, the chocolate twirl and sorbets were, well what can I say they brought a tear to my eye, drop dead gorgeous, loved every mouthful.
We decide to finish of with a Coffee and was presented with a small plate of sweets, which we still found room to polish off.
This experience took around 3.5 hours, in which you were informed, talked to, treated special and the waiter knew I was driving so he measured out my wine to accommodate.
I nearly took a photo of all my dishes please have a look, I hope you agree if you travel and try different places you will agree this is a Bucket List place to go, I don't think there is anywhere in Brisbane that could get close to this place.