Numerous factors affect how people choose a fine dining restaurant, including food quality, wine quality, service quality, food safety, style, atmosphere and hedonic value. With this, fine dining should provide a memorable experience. It should represent a performance or journey, allowing you to tell a story through food.
Try these Brisbane fine dining favourites for your next occasion.
OTTO is located in the heart of the CBD and overlooks the Brisbane River and iconic Story Bridge. The views inside are almost as good as outside, with acres of wood, and a huge open kitchen. OTTO Brisbane was meant to be a more discreet take on the Sydney original, but it's just as much a jaw-dropper.
A celebration of Australian ingredients prepared with Italian flare, you can enjoy wood-fired South Australian calamari, smoked bone marrow tortellini, market fish with eggplant, tomato sugo and basil and butterflied spatchcock with pancetta, potato, chargrilled lemon and rosemary.
Head Chef Anthony Hales' preferred style of food is centred on simple, clean flavours. Salon De Co (previously known as Thompson's Reserve) showcases this is the best possible way. Choose from the a la carte menu or select the five or eight course tasting menu and you are in for a real treat.
Salon De Co is where old world elegance meets modern cuisine. The art deco-inspired space draws from the period's ardent mix of social, artistic and hospitality cultures.
The menu is fun and adventurous and draws on Anthony's work in Japan and travels around Korea and Australia. Dishes include Jerusalem artichoke fused with lemon and cultured cream, aged duck with kohlrabi and umeboshi and pork with daikon and sesame.
Urbane Restaurant is an icon in the Brisbane dining scene. It's substantial reputation and numerous awards (including three Chef Hats) are well-deserved, with its strong focus on high quality food and service. Urbane celebrates the evolution of food and diners can experience new products, new techniques and new taste sensations whenever they visit.
The menu at Urbane cannot be labelled by a country or style. Executive Chef Alejandro Cancino has trained his palette on worldwide experience and this is reflected in the food. His global knowledge paired with Andrew Buchanan in front of house ensures you a meal you'll never forget.
The Euro is a great alternative to the fine dining opulence of Urbane, featuring an elegant menu and extensive wine list. The focus is inspirational bistro food with a fine dining twist – simple, fresh and tasty. The service at the Euro is just as impeccable as Urbane, perfect for both business and leisure.
The menu has a European influence, with dishes such as buckwheat risotto, crispy skin barramundi, spice crusted duck breast and Cowra lamb rack. Each dish explores delicious flavour combinations which you'll be dreaming about for days.
Housed in the iconic Eagle St Pier, Sake is a chic designer space overlooking the Brisbane River. Treat yourself to unparalleled atmosphere and innovative food, created by Head Chef Daisuke Sakai. Awarded a Chef's Hat every year since opening, Sake has remained a consistent favourite for Brisbane locals and is strategically matched with an extensive sake, cocktail and wine menu.
Sake will surprise, delight and have you coming back time and time again for its mouthwatering creations. To start off, be sure to try the popcorn shrimp with yuzu chilli mayo.
Ten may not be located in Brisbane, but it's well worthwhile the drive down to the Gold Coast. Ten delivers impeccable, highly personalised and attentive service, from hot towels on arrival to a small parting gift. The interior is opulent, with distinct areas for teppanyaki, sushi and private dining. The talented Chefs use only the highest quality ingredients, prepared with precision and delivered artfully on the plate.
Choose a la carte or a special degustation course, or opt for the signature "Omakase", 12-13 courses of pure perfection. Each dish is an elaborate labour of love and well worth the $250 price tag.
Located in the legal district of George Street, PUBLIC boasts a contemporary sharing-style menu, exciting and clever cocktails, old and new world wines, and an atmosphere which combines New York sophistication with Brisbane's sunny skies. The menu has been created with fun and finesse and while it's a fine dining experience, the setting is a little more casual.
Whether you drop by for a long lunch with colleagues or enjoy a romantic dinner for two, PUBLIC is a fine dining experience not to be missed.
Fine dining is about enjoying cuisine that can't be replicated at home. It may not come cheap, but it's a celebration of food that every person should experience. Book a table at one of these restaurants today to experience fine dining for yourself, or treat a loved one to a memorable meal with a Good Food Gift Card.